Engineering’s graduate program is No. 37 in ‘U.S. News’ 2019 rankings

The School of Engineering’s graduate program is No. 37 in annual rankings by U.S. News. No other engineering school of its size was ranked higher.

The 2019 graduate school rankings were released today for business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing schools, as well as graduate programs in the sciences.

The school ranks ahead of Yale University and the University of Virginia, and just behind Boston University. MIT was ranked No. 1.

Programs at 214 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed. Data were collected in fall 2017 and early 2018. U.S. News rankings are based on expert opinions and statistics that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

The school received recognition in a number of specialties. Biomedical engineering is No. 21. Chemical engineering is No. 34. Civil engineering is No. 40. Computer science is No. 58. Electrical engineering is No. 46. Environmental engineering is No. 48. Materials engineering is No. 64. Mechanical engineering is No. 43.

The number of schools rated in these doctoral department specialty rankings and the response rate among those schools surveyed in fall 2017 were:

  • 129 schools for bioengineering / biomedical engineering (62 percent)
  • 126 schools for chemical engineering (66 percent)
  • 150 schools for civil engineering (58 percent)
  • 145 schools for computer engineering (56 percent)
  • 183 schools for electrical / electronic / communications engineering (54 percent)
  • 95 schools for environmental / environmental health engineering (62 percent)
  • 107 schools for materials engineering (54 percent)
  • 179 schools for mechanical engineering (55 percent)

Rankings for the 199 engineering schools that provided the necessary data were calculated based on a weighted average of the 10 indicators

Peer opinion data is gathered from deans, program directors, and senior faculty to judge the academic quality of the programs; 54 percent responded. Professionals who hire new graduates are also surveyed to determine a recruiter assessment score.

Other quality indicators include acceptance rates, mean quantitative GRE score, faculty membership in the National Academy of Engineering, research activity, including total research expenditures and average research expenditures per faculty members, doctoral degrees granted, student-faculty ratio, and total graduate engineering enrollment.

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