U.S. News & World Report

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

Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, and Assessment has prepared a PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of 2020 US News and World Report Best Graduate School Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks programs and specialties 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 "2021" rankings were released March 17, 2020.

     2007 2008 2009 20102011201220132014 201520162017201820192020
School of Medicine                             
Research - Overall  41 43 43 40 38 37 37 34 37 40 40 31 38 34
  Among Publics 16 18 18 17 15 14 15 13 15 17 16 12 16 14
Primary Care - Overall  30 35 42 46 49 71 58 40 52 65 44 21 23 12
  Among Publics 20 26 29 32 32 40 36 26 35 37 26 17 17 10
                               
                               
    20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Carey School of Law                             
Day Program - Overall  36 42 43 48 42 39 41 46 47 48 48 49 52 47
  Among Publics 15 21 20 25 20 18 19 22 25 24 24 26 27 24
Evening Program a - Overall     6 5 8 9 6 7 5 5 4 5 4 5
  Among Publics     2 1 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 2 1 2
Specialties                            
  Business / Corporate Law b                           61
  Clinical Training 5 8 8 9 6 5 5 11 5 7 7 6 7 6
  Constitutional Law b                           44
  Contracts / Commercial Law b                           46
  Criminal Law b                           57
  Dispute Resolution - - - - - - - - - 15 18 13 13 13
  Environmental Law 11 8 6 10 7 11 6 6 15 13 14 17 13 10
  Health Care Law 2 3 2 2 3 3 4 1 2 4 2 6 6 7
  Intellectual Property Law - - - - - - - - - - - - 69 79
  International Law - - - - - - - - - - - - 71 69
  Legal Writing - - - - - - - - - - - - 68 63
  Tax Law - - - - - - - - - - - - 71 63
  Trial Advocacy - - - - 8 8 - - 13 16 - - 43 31
                               
a new ranking in 2009
b new ranking in 2020
                               
               2003 2007 2011201520162017201820192020
School of Nursing                             
Doctor of Nursing Practice a                  5 10 8 6 16
Master of Science            10 7 11 6 8 10 13 12 22
Nursing Anesthesia b           - 32 17 7 10 10 10 10 10
Nursing Midwifery c
          - 21 29 - - - - - -
Specialties                            
  Clinical Nurse Leader d,i       1  1 1 2 2  
  Nursing Informatics d,i       1  1 1 1 1  
  Nursing Administration e,i 7 6 3 5  5 3 4 5  
  Nurse Practitioner                     
    Family i 12 5 9 5  8 7 9 11  
    Adult f,g  5 6 8            
  Gerontological / Geriatric f,g 13 - 8            
  Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care d,i       8 8 6 3 7  
  Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care d,i       4 8 9 10 11  
  Pediatric, Primary Care h,i - - 15 14 - 11 10 -  
  Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan d,i    8  11 9 6 -  
  Clinical Nurse Specialist                    
    Adult / Medical Surgical g 8 - -            
    Community / Public Health g 8 - -            
    Psychiatric / Mental Health g 13 - 7            
  Doctor of Nursing Practice                  
    Administration / Management j                
    Leadership j                
    Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care j        
    Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care j        
    Nurse Practitioner: Family j                
  Master's                  
    Clinical Nurse Leader j                
    Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care j        
    Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care j        
    Nurse Practitioner: Family j                
    Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care j        
    Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan j    
    Nursing Administration j                 11 
                               
a new ranking for 2016
b Nursing Anesthesia ranking last updated 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
i ranking discontinued after 2019
j new ranking for 2020
         
                               
                               
    199720052008201220162020                
School of Pharmacy                             
Overall   7 8 9 17 9 14                 
                               
                               
    200020042008201220162018 2019              
School of Social Work                             
Overall   25 19 18 16 17 17 17               
                               
                               
    20002004200820122016 2020                
Physical Therapy Program                            
Overall   - 16 15 19 28 42                 
                               
                               
    2019                          
Public Health Program a                            
Overall:   62                          
                               
Ranking expanded in 2019 to include both schools and programs
                               
                               
    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.