The new America's Best Graduate Schools 2011 edition has been published, and the rankings are now live online. The site has the most complete version of the rankings, tables, and lists and also has extensive profiles of more than 1,200 programs.
Highlights of the graduate school rankings are scheduled for publication in the May print issue of U.S.News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase as of April 27. The America's Best Graduate Schools guidebook will be available for purchase as of April 20.
The most comprehensive version, including all the extended rankings, robust searches and the most complete data is only available in the Premium Online Edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. For the methodologies and other details, see About the Rankings.
Notable highlights include the following:
As in the past, we have new rankings in the five largest professional graduate school disciplines: business, law, education, engineering, and medicine, and the various specialties associated with those disciplines.
This year, we have improved and modified both our part-time J.D. and part-time M.B.A. program rankings. U.S. News's new part-time law rankings are based on a 5.0-scale peer assessment survey, median LSAT scores, and median undergraduate grade-point average for fall 2009 entering part-time students, and an exclusive part-time J.D. curriculum index that measures the extent to which a law school offers a rich part-time program to its students. U.S. News's previous part-time law school rankings were based solely on the number of times a part-time program was nominated to be among the 10 top programs. Meanwhile, U.S. News's new part-time M.B.A. rankings are based on a 5.0-scale peer assessment survey. Previously, the part-time M.B.A. ranking methodology was based solely on the number of times a part-time program was nominated to be among the 10 top programs.
Also new are updated peer-assessment-only rankings for science Ph.D. programs in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, physics, and statistics. This is the first time U.S. News is ranking Ph.D. programs in statistics. These rankings are based solely on the rating of academics at statistics and biostatistics departments. There also are updated rankings in various specialties associated with these Ph.D. disciplines.
It has come to our attention, since the law rankings were published, that at least one law school might have submitted incomplete data to U.S. News. We are studying these situations very carefully and will have more to say next week.