Best grad schools

By Janelle Hanson, managing editor, University of Utah Communications

The 2020 rankings for U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” are out. Professional university programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties found in each college, receive a rank each year from U.S. News. However, other university programs are ranked every few years.

Here’s how the U performed:

  • David Eccles School of Business
    • Entrepreneurship moves up seven spots, landing at No. 17
    • Full-time MBA comes in at 54th
    • Health Care Management: ranks 43rd
    • Part-time MBA leaps 16 spots from No. 60, to No. 44
  • College of Social Work comes in at 44th
  • School of Medicine
    • Medical primary care climbs five spots from 26th to No. 21
    • Medical research moves up three spots, to 38th
    • Physician Assistant ranks No. 4, up from 5th
    • Public Health comes in at No. 89
  • College of Education ranks 64th
  • College of Nursing
    • Doctor of nursing practice ranks 21st
    • Masters ranks No. 30
    • Nursing informatics ranks 6th
  • College of Engineering moves up three spots to No. 55
    • Biomedical engineering/bioengineering ranks 38th
    • Chemical engineering ranks 56th, moving up 5 spots from last year
    • Civil engineering is up two spots, coming in at No. 65
    • Computer engineering ranks 49th
    • Electrical/electronic/communications engineering ranks No. 62
    • Materials engineering lands at No. 57, jumping seven spots
    • Mechanical engineering moves up a spot, to 65th place
  • The S.J. Quinney College of Law climbs to 47th
    • Environmental law moves up one spot, to No. 8
    • Health Law ranks for the first time in its history, coming in at 36th
  • Public Affairs moves up four slots to 68th

The rankings are based on a number of factors including expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a university’s students, faculty and research.

The rankings will also be featured in the “Best Business Schools 2020” guidebook.

To see the full list of rankings, visit usnews.com/best-graduate-schools.

The following rankings were not updated this year. The previous ranking stands:

  • College of Engineering
    • Computer Science ranks 43rd
  • College of Fine Arts
    • Department of Art & Art History ranks 131st
  • College of Health
    • Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (Audiology) ranks 48th
    • Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech Language Pathology) lands at 30th
    • Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies comes in at No. 44
    • Physical Therapy ranks 20th
  • College of Mines and Earth Sciences
    • Earth Sciences moves up one spot from 2014 rankings into 41st
  • College of Nursing
    • Midwifery comes in at No. 9
  • College of Pharmacy ranks No. 17
  • College of Science
    • Algebra/Number Theory/Algebraic Geometry ranks 12th
    • Biology ranks 62nd
    • Chemistry rises two spots from 2014 rankings to land at No. 32
    • Mathematics ranks 34th
    • Organic Chemistry ranks 18th
    • Physics, last ranked in 2014, jumps four sports from No. 65 to No. 61
  • Social Sciences & Humanities
    • Department of Economics ranks 83rd
    • Department of History ranks No. 98
    • Department of Psychology ranks 75th
    • Department of Sociology lands at 71st place
    • English Department lands at No. 60
    • Political Science Department comes in at 89th