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MIT’s Grad Schools Rank Top in Nation

By Laura McGrath Moulton

MIT’s graduate engineering program is the best in the nation for the 11th time in a row, according to this year’s annual ranking of graduate schools by U.S. News and World Report.

According to U.S. News, MIT’s engineering program was ranked first by engineering school deans and deans of academic affairs, as well as by practicing engineers and corporate recruiters.

MIT was also ranked first in seven of twelve engineering specialties ranked by U.S. News; these are Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical, Chemical, Computer, Electrical/Electronic/Communications, Materials, Mechanical, and Nuclear Engineering. Of the other five specialties, MIT ranked third in Bioengineering/Biomedical (outranked by Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at San Diego), third in Civil (outranked by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California at Berkeley), and seventh in Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering; MIT did not appear among the top ten schools for Industrial/Manufacturing and Petroleum Engineering graduate programs.

Science specialties also rank high

MIT ranked first among schools in the science Ph.D. programs of computer science and mathematics. MIT tied for second in chemistry with the California Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Stanford; U.C. Berkeley was ranked first.

In the biological sciences, MIT tied for third with U.C. Berkeley. Harvard and Stanford tied for first; last year, MIT scored first with Harvard.

Caltech scored well in geology, beating second-ranked MIT for the number one spot. Caltech and Stanford tied for first in physics, with MIT was ranked third with Harvard, Princeton, and U.C. Berkeley.

In several specific science specialties, U.S. News ranked MIT’s graduate programs first in Inorganic Chemistry, Computer Hardware, Artificial Intelligence, Geological Tectonics and Structure, and Atomic and Molecular Physics.

The Sloan School of Management ranked fifth among business schools in the nation this year, falling behind Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern (Kellogg), and University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), respectively. Last year, Sloan was ranked third.

Business school deans and M.B.A. program deans ranked schools in several business specialties. Sloan captured the number one spots in Management Information Systems, Production/Operations Management, and Quantitative Analysis.

Rankings over a decade old

U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and began ranking annually in 1990. Full rankings are released in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2000 America’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook as well as on U.S. News Online’s .EDU Web site at

Rankings are computed on the basis of a number of criteria, including reputation both in academia and industry, placement success, faculty resources, research activity, and student selectivity. Precise criteria, as well as the statistical weight given to each category, varies by field.