March 11, 2014

Four Vanderbilt schools ranked in ‘U.S. News & World Report’ top 25 lists

Vanderbilt’s schools of business, education, law and medical research were all selected in the top 25 in their categories of the best graduate schools as ranked by “U.S. News & World Report.”

Owen School exterior
Owen Graduate School of Management

Four Vanderbilt University schools are listed in the top 25 in their categories of the best graduate schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Vanderbilt’s schools of business, education, law and medicine were all selected as exceptional programs based on expert opinions and statistical indicators measuring the quality of each school’s faculty, research and students.

“While it’s gratifying to see a higher ranking from one year to the next, we will continue to stay focused in our efforts to deliver a highly personalized, world-class MBA program,” said M. Eric Johnson, dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, Bruce D. Henderson Chair in Strategy and the Ralph Owen Chair. Owen leapt five spots to a tie for No. 25 with the University of Washington in a category headed by Harvard.

Vanderbilt Law School tied for No. 16 with UCLA. Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering improved two spots to a tie for 34 with Yale and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“After nearly 15 years of a steady climb in the rankings, this is the highest rank the school has ever received for its engineering graduate program,” said Philippe Fauchet, dean of the School of Engineering. “It reflects on our ability to attract and retain world-class researchers, who together with our outstanding students, are helping solve major societal problems.

“We are strengthening our position as one of the leading schools of engineering in universities our size.”

Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development was named the No. 2 education school in the nation, second only to Johns Hopkins. Its programs in special education and administration/supervision were ranked No. 1. Other well-regarded programs were education policy (No. 3), educational psychology (No. 4), curriculum/instruction (no. 5), elementary education (No. 6) and higher education administration (No. 7).

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine tied with Cornell as No. 15 among best research schools of medicine. Harvard topped that list. Vanderbilt’s internal medicine program was ranked No. 11 by deans and senior faculty.

In the sciences, Vanderbilt’s biological sciences school ranked No. 26, tied with Northwestern and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In chemistry, Vanderbilt tied with three other universities at 45. In mathematics, Vanderbilt was one of six universities ranked No. 46.

Rankings are available for viewing at the U.S. News and World Report website.