U.S. News Ranking of Top Graduate Schools 2008 (By Discipline)

Published Oct 07, 2008

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Every year, U.S. News scores and ranks graduate schools in the United States. This article shows which schools were considered top business schools, top engineering schools, top law schools, top medical schools and top fine arts schools.

Harvard

Harvard University is ranked among the top business schools, law schools medical schools.

Top Business Schools

  1. Harvard University - Harvard Business School is widely considered to be the best graduate business school in the United States. HBS offers an MBA program, nine full-time doctoral programs and more than 50 executive education programs.
  2. Stanford University - Stanford University's Graduate School of Business boasts more than 100 qualified faculty members and 25,000 alumni. Programs at GSB emphasize leadership, global awareness, entrepreneurship and innovation.
  3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) - Founded in 1881, Wharton was the first collegiate business school. Today, there are students from more than 70 countries who attend this historic school.
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - The MIT Sloan School of Management is widely considered to be one of the best business schools in the world. MIT emphasizes cutting edge research and broad-based management education.
  5. Northwestern University (Kellogg) - Founded in 1908, the Kellogg School has a strong reputation for turning out qualified business leaders. Nearly 92 percent of students land a full-time job after graduation.
  6. University of Chicago - The Chicago GSB prides itself on taking a discipline-based approach to business education. The school has an amazing faculty--six members have won Nobel prizes--and more than 42,000 accomplished alumni.
  7. Dartmouth College (Tuck) - Tuck consistently ranks among the top business schools in the world. This Ivey League School offers several executive education programs and a full-time MBA program.
  8. University of California, Berkeley (Haas) - With an unbelievable number of concentrations available, UC Berkeley offers something for everyone. The school is known for its outstanding management education and diverse student body.
  9. Columbia University - Columbia University has an internationally renowned faculty and an innovative approach to business education. The school offers MBA programs, executive education programs and a doctoral program.
  10. New York University (Stern) - New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business is a merit-based institution with a broad portfolio of graduate programs.

Top Engineering Schools

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT's School of Engineering is widely considered to be the best engineering school in the world.
  2. Stanford University - Stanford University's School of Engineering takes a multidisciplinary, broad-based approach to education. The school is home to 241 faculty members and 65 departmental laboratories.
  3. University of California, Berkeley - UC Berkeley is frequently ranked among the best graduate institutions in the world. The school offers a number of high quality engineering and engineering science programs.
  4. Georgia Institute of Technology - U.S. News has ranked Georgia Tech's College of Engineering among the top five schools for several years now. Georgia Tech offers nearly 20 engineering programs.
  5. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign - The University of Illinois' College of Engineering is known for providing high-quality engineering education at the departmental level. Nearly 2,500 students graduate from the College of Engineering each year.
  6. California Institute of Technology - The California Institute of Technology is consistently ranked among the top engineering schools in the United States. The school offers strong research training and a rigorous curriculum.
  7. Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon's Institute of Technology is the second smallest school on the U.S. News list of top 20 engineering schools. CIT is known for its diversity and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
  8. University of Southern California (Viterbi) - The USC Viterbi School of Engineering prides itself on preparing engineers to work with rapidly changing technologies. The school offers a rich portfolio of engineering programs and a world-renowned faculty.
  9. Cornell University - Cornell University's College of Engineering is known for its practice-oriented approach to engineering education. The school offers advanced degree in 14 engineering-related fields.
  10. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - The University of Michigan College of Engineering is widely recognized as a global leader in engineering education. Nearly all of the school's engineering programs are ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News each year.

Top Fine Arts Schools

  1. Rhode Island School of Design - Founded in 1877, the Rhode Island School of Design is widely considered to be one of the best fine arts schools in the world.
  2. Yale University - The Yale University School of Art offers programs in graphic design, photography, painting/printmaking and sculpture. Graduate students spend most of their time focusing on studio activities.
  3. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Founded in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest fine arts institutions in the nation. The school offers world class art and design education and is known for having an innovative curriculum.
  4. Cranbrook Academy of Art - Cranbrook is well known in the art community and offers a broad portfolio of programs. The school's philosophy is all about creativity and individualism.
  5. Maryland Institute College of Art - The Maryland Institute College of Art, better known as MICA, was founded in 1826. It is the oldest degree-granting college of art in the United States and is consistently ranked among the best visual art and design schools.
  6. Virginia Commonwealth University - Virginia Commonwealth is known for its outstanding faculty and supportive atmosphere. Students also have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of academic programs.
  7. California Institute of the Arts - The California Institute of Arts has a rigorous curriculum, a renowned faculty and numerous opportunities for students to display artwork. Classes are innovative and peer-critiqued.
  8. Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts is organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music. Each school plays host to internationally recognized artists.
  9. University of California, Los Angeles - The Department of Art at UCLA is located in one of the world's leading art centers. The school has a distinguished alumni roster and is known for accepting only the most gifted students.
  10. Alfred University - New York State College of Ceramics - The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is a unique institution that was founded on the study of ceramics and glass. The school has since expanded to educate students in many materials and processes.

Top Law Schools

  1. Yale University - Known as on of the world's premier law schools, Yale Law School offers unparalleled preparation for graduate students.
  2. Harvard University - Harvard Law School offers a number of different law programs and one of the most diverse student bodies in the world. The school is the oldest continuously operating law school in the U.S.
  3. Stanford University - Stanford Law School is known for being a big school with small classes. Nearly 70 percent of the classes have less than 20 students.
  4. Columbia University - U.S. News consistently ranks Columbia Law School among the best laws schools in the country. Columbia has an innovative graduate program that allows students to customize their curriculum.
  5. New York University - Founded in 1835, NYU Law has a world-wide reputation for excellence. It was one of the first schools to admit women and continues to be one of the most diverse law schools in the U.S.
  6. University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Law is one of the most selective law school in the country and one of the most respected law schools in the world.
  7. University of Chicago - The University of Chicago Law School provides an intimate learning environment and a tight-knit community for graduate law students. The school offers several degree programs and an excellent career placement program.
  8. University of Pennsylvania - Penn Law always does well in U.S. News rankings and has a tendency to rank high on other lists as well. Most recently, Penn Law ranked third in a national student satisfaction survey.
  9. Northwestern University - Northwestern Law offers a supportive, non-competitive environment for graduate students to study law. The school has one of the most diverse student bodies that can be found among top law schools.
  10. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - University of Michigan's Law School has offered a world-class legal education for more than 150 years. The school's grads often go on to work in the most prestigious national law firms.

Top Medical Schools

  1. Harvard University - Established in 1782, Harvard Medical School is consistently ranked as the #1 medical school in the world.
  2. John Hopkins University - The John Hopkins University School of Medicine has set a new standard in medicine by continually improving their curriculum and research facilities. The school offers both fellowship and residency programs for graduate students.
  3. Washington University in St. Louis - The Washington University School of Medicine is one of the most selective medical schools in the nation. It is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the world.
  4. University of Pennsylvania - The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) is best known for it broad education offerings. The school provides training in more than 50 specialties and subspecialties.
  5. University of California, San Francisco - The UCSF School of Medicine has a reputation for small classes and a rigorous curriculum. The school's faculty/student ratio is 3.1.
  6. Duke University - The Duke University School of Medicine is a relatively young school (as far as med schools go), but it is consistently ranked among the top ten medical schools in the nation. Duke's primary mission is socially relevant education and research.
  7. University of Washington - UW Medicine is a leader in biomedical research and gets more federal research funding than any other public medical school. U.S. News has ranked this school among the top ten medical schools for 15 consecutive years.
  8. Stanford University - The Stanford School of Medicine offers a broad portfolio of programs. The school is known for its diversity and the opportunities it affords to research students.
  9. University of California, Los Angeles (Geffen) -Founded just over 50 years ago, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA ranks frequently among top business schools in the United States. The school has more than 2,200 full time faculty members and a faculty/student ratio of 3.2.
  10. Yale University - The Yale School of Medicine is one of the nation's oldest public health schools. It has a worldwide reputation for excellence in research, education and advanced healthcare.

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