U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report: Best Graduate Schools

Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, and Assessment recently prepared a PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of US News and World Report Best Graduate School Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks programs and specialities in law, medicine, and nursing annually, while other programs are typically ranked every four years. In the table below, the year indicates the calendar year the rankings were released. The "2019" rankings were released March 21, 2018.

     2007 2008 2009 20102011201220132014 2015201620172018
School of Medicine                         
Research - Overall  41 43 43 40 38 37 37 34 37 40 40 31
  Among Publics 16 18 18 17 15 14 15 13 15 17 16 12
Primary Care - Overall  30 35 42 46 49 71 58 40 52 65 44 21
  Among Publics 20 26 29 32 32 40 36 26 35 37 26 17
                           
                           
    200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Carey School of Law                         
Day Program - Overall  36 42 43 48 42 39 41 46 47 48 48 49
  Among Publics 15 21 20 25 20 18 19 22 25 24 24 26
Evening Program a - Overall     6 5 8 9 6 7 5 5 4 5
  Among Publics     2 1 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 2
Specialties                        
  Clinical Training 5 8 8 9 6 5 5 11 5 7 7 6
  Dispute Resolution - - - - - - - - - 15 18 13
  Environmental Law 11 8 6 10 7 11 6 6 15 13 14 17
  Health Care Law 2 3 2 2 3 3 4 1 2 4 2 6
  Trial Advocacy - - - - 8 8 - - 13 16 - -
                           
a new ranking in 2009
                           
               2003 2007 20112015201620172018
School of Nursing                         
Doctor of Nursing Practice a                  5 10 8
Master of Science            10 7 11 6 8 10 13
Nursing Anesthesia b           - 32 17 7 10 10 10
Nursing Midwifery c
          - 21 29 - - - -
Specialties                        
  Clinical Nurse Leader d       1  1 1 2
  Nursing Informatics d       1  1 1 1
  Nursing Administration e 7 6 3 5  5 3 4
  Nurse Practitioner                 
    Family  12 5 9 5  8 7 9
    Adult f,g  5 6 8        
  Gerontological / Geriatric f,g 13 - 8        
  Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care d       8 8 6 3
  Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care d       4 8 9 10
  Pediatric, Primary Care h - - 15 14 - 11 10
  Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan d    8  11 9 6
  Clinical Nurse Specialist                
    Adult / Medical Surgical g 8 - -        
    Community / Public Health g 8 - -        
    Psychiatric / Mental Health g 13 - 7        
                           
a new ranking for 2016
b Nursing Anesthesia ranking not updated for 2017 or 2018.  Ranking shown is for 2016.
c University of Maryland School of Nursing program discontinued in 2008
d new ranking for 2015
e specialty named Nursing Service Administration before 2015
f ranking applies to a combined program at University of Maryland School of Nursing 
g ranking discontinued after 2011
h specialty named Pediatric before 2015
     
                           
                           
    19972005200820122016             
School of Pharmacy                         
Overall   7 8 9 17 9              
                           
                           
    200020042008201220162018            
School of Social Work                         
Overall   25 19 18 16 17 17            
                           
                           
    20002004200820122016              
Physical Therapy Program                         
Overall   - 16 15 19 28              
                           
                           
    2002201020142018                
Graduate Program In The Sciences                         
Biological Sciences  113 100 93 90                
Chemistry  - 107 106 -                
                           

Note: Dates refer to year rankings were released. A dash (-) means UMB program was unranked for that year.