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MIT dominates USNWR graduate science and engineering rankings

MIT took the top spot in nearly all science specialties and many engineering specialties in U.S. News and World Report’s (USNWR) recently-released 2012 graduate school rankings. MIT was ranked first in overall engineering and ranked third behind Stanford and Harvard for business.

Notably, MIT’s engineering graduate programs ranked first (including ties) in the USNWR categories for chemical engineering, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, and mechanical engineering. MIT placed among the top 10 graduate programs in nearly every engineering specialty.

In science disciplines, MIT’s graduate programs tied for the top spot (including ties) in the categories of chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, and physics — every science specialty except biological sciences, where MIT was second to Stanford, and statistics, where MIT was not ranked.

In the humanities and social sciences, MIT tied Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago for first in economics; tied Duke University for ninth in political science; and tied the University of Pennsylvania for eleventh in psychology. MIT was ranked 28th for its history program.

The full rankings can be found on the USNWR graduate school rankings website, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools.

—Ethan A. Solomon