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 2019 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 "2020" rankings were released March 12, 2019.

     2007 2008 2009 20102011201220132014 20152016201720182019
School of Medicine                           
Research - Overall  41 43 43 40 38 37 37 34 37 40 40 31 38
  Among Publics 16 18 18 17 15 14 15 13 15 17 16 12 16
Primary Care - Overall  30 35 42 46 49 71 58 40 52 65 44 21 23
  Among Publics 20 26 29 32 32 40 36 26 35 37 26 17 17
                             
                             
    2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Carey School of Law                           
Day Program - Overall  36 42 43 48 42 39 41 46 47 48 48 49 52
  Among Publics 15 21 20 25 20 18 19 22 25 24 24 26 27
Evening Program a - Overall     6 5 8 9 6 7 5 5 4 5 4
  Among Publics     2 1 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 2 1
Specialties                          
  Clinical Training 5 8 8 9 6 5 5 11 5 7 7 6 7
  Dispute Resolution - - - - - - - - - 15 18 13 13
  Environmental Law 11 8 6 10 7 11 6 6 15 13 14 17 13
  Health Care Law 2 3 2 2 3 3 4 1 2 4 2 6 6
  Intellectual Property Law - - - - - - - - - - - - 69
  International Law - - - - - - - - - - - - 71
  Legal Writing - - - - - - - - - - - - 68
  Tax Law - - - - - - - - - - - - 71
  Trial Advocacy - - - - 8 8 - - 13 16 - - 43
                             
a new ranking in 2009
                             
               2003 2007 201120152016201720182019
School of Nursing                           
Doctor of Nursing Practice a                  5 10 8 6
Master of Science            10 7 11 6 8 10 13 12
Nursing Anesthesia b           - 32 17 7 10 10 10 10
Nursing Midwifery c
          - 21 29 - - - - -
Specialties                          
  Clinical Nurse Leader d       1  1 1 2 2
  Nursing Informatics d       1  1 1 1 1
  Nursing Administration e 7 6 3 5  5 3 4 5
  Nurse Practitioner                   
    Family  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       8 8 6 3 7
  Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care d       4 8 9 10 11
  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, 2018 or 2019.  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 2019             
School of Social Work                           
Overall   25 19 18 16 17 17 17             
                             
                             
    20002004200820122016                
Physical Therapy Program                          
Overall   - 16 15 19 28                
                             
                             
    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.