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UB programs continue to rise in U.S. News’ Best Grad School rankings

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By DAVID J. HILL

Published March 30, 2021

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Suzanne Rosenblith.
“This increase in our rankings is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of GSE faculty and staff to creating rigorous, student-centric and inclusive academic programs, and for conducting innovative and impactful research. ”
Suzanne Rosenblith, dean
Graduate School of Education

Several UB graduate schools and programs continued their upward trajectory in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Graduate Schools. The publication released its 2022 rankings today.

UB’s Graduate School of Education saw the biggest jump, climbing to No. 59, up 14 spots from last year.

“This increase in our rankings is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of GSE faculty and staff to creating rigorous, student-centric and inclusive academic programs, and for conducting innovative and impactful research,” says Suzanne Rosenblith, dean of the Graduate School of Education “I couldn’t be prouder of our success and look forward to its continuation.”

While the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences held steady at No. 59, several individual programs within the school were recognized with improved spots, including Biomedical Engineering, which rose from 64 to 61; Industrial Engineering, which rose from 25 to 23; and Mechanical Engineering, which rose one spot to No. 49.

The School of Nursing’s doctoral program is again ranked among the top 40 in the country, coming in at No. 40 this year.

UB’s full-time MBA, offered in the School of Management, is ranked No. 77, placing it in the top 10% of AACSB-accredited business schools.

The School of Law remains a top 100 ranked school, coming in at No. 98.

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences went up from 94th to No. 91 in Best Primary Care programs. The Jacobs School is also ranked 81st in medical school research.

U.S. News published four new rankings of medical schools this year, measuring diversity, and the percentage of graduates practicing in primary care, in rural areas, and in health professional shortage areas.

The Jacobs School ranks highly in enrollment of underrepresented minorities (No. 52) and ranks among the top 100 medical schools in percentage of graduates practicing direct patient care in rural areas (No. 95). The Jacobs School is 109th in percentage of graduates practicing direct patient care in health professional shortage areas and 113th in percentage of graduates practicing in primary care specialties.

U.S. News also periodically ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, health and other areas based solely on experts’ ratings.

UB ranks 23rd in library and information studies programs, 41st in public health, 46th in English, 64th in sociology, 77th in economics, 81st in history and 81st in political science.

While not all graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and health sciences were considered by U.S. News this year, several UB programs are ranked among the best in the nation.

UB’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is No. 14 among more than 140 schools of pharmacy nationwide. UB’s School of Social Work, at No. 25, is rated among the nation’s top 25 social work programs.

Other UB graduate programs ranked in previous years include nursing anesthesia (10), audiology (20), speech-language pathology (38), occupational therapy (29), clinical psychology (50), computer science (61), political science (65), fine arts (73), psychology (75), physical therapy (57), chemistry (79), statistics (83), earth sciences (90), physics (91) and mathematics (94).

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties within each area.

The Best Graduate Schools rankings in the six major disciplines ranked annually are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

The data for the rankings in all six disciplines came from statistical surveys of more than 2,125 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021.