U.S.News ranks Purdue's graduate programs among country's best

April 15, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Programs in education, engineering, business and science were ranked among the best in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's rankings of graduate schools released Thursday (April 15).

"Purdue continues to be recognized by its peers for its strengths in research and education at the graduate level," Purdue President France A. Córdova said. "These rankings remind us that Purdue's faculty excel in their fields of study, and they continue to be praised for their role as educators. This is a winning combination for prospective graduate students."

Mark J.T. Smith, dean of the Graduate School added, "Graduate students know Purdue provides a phenomenal educational foundation and opportunities to work with world-class faculty members. Complementing our strong departments is an array of interdisciplinary programs that allow students to address issues of global importance."

Education:  Purdue's College of Education graduate program was ranked 44th. That's up from 48th in 2009, which was a 20-place jump from the college's 2008 ranking of 68th.

Engineering:  Purdue's College of Engineering graduate program was ranked 13th in the country, tied with the University of California-San Diego. Last year, the college was ranked 12th, up from 15th in 2008.

Five of the schools in engineering were in the top 10 in the country in specialty rankings, including a No. 1 ranking for agricultural and biological engineering. Others in the top 10 are aeronautics and astronautics, sixth; civil, third, tied with Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University and University of Texas-Austin; industrial, 10th, tied with the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and mechanical, ninth.

Business:  Krannert School of Management's graduate program was ranked 36th overall, tied with the University of California-Irvine and Vanderbilt University, and 15th among public universities. Last year Krannert was ranked 32nd overall and 13th among public universities.

Krannert's Weekend MBA program was ranked 15th among part-time MBA programs, tied with University of Maryland-College Park, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Georgetown University and University of Washington. This is the first year Krannert's Weekend MBA has been ranked.

In specialty rankings, Krannert's production/operations program is fifth.

Science:  Four programs within the College of Science rank among the top 25 in the nation. Purdue's analytical chemistry program is again ranked second, and the overall chemistry program moved up in the rankings to 21st, tied with Johns Hopkins University; Pennsylvania State University, University Park; the University of California, San Diego; and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The chemistry program last ranked 22nd. The mathematics program also moved up in the rankings to 27th, tied with Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and the University of Washington. The mathematics program last ranked 28th.

Additional programs ranked include:

* Computer science, 20th

* Statistics, tied for 22nd with Columbia University; Cornell University; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

* Physics, tied for 40th with Boston University; Indiana University, Bloomington; New York University; Texas A&M University, College Station; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Virginia; and Washington University in St. Louis.

* Biological sciences, 56th.

Not all disciplines are ranked each year. Other Purdue programs were ranked in previous surveys, and their placements carry over to this year's report. Previously ranked programs include:

* Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences' master's degree program in speech-language pathology was tied for No. 2 in 2008.

* Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences' doctoral program in audiology was tied for No. 9 in 2008.

* School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' doctoral program was tied for No. 9 in 2008.

* School of Veterinary Medicine was ranked 14th in 2007.

* Psychology was tied for 45th in 2009, and the doctoral program in clinical psychology was tied for 43rd in 2008.

U.S.News & World Report's complete rankings in "America's Best Graduate Schools" will be available on newsstands April 27. The America's Best Graduate Schools guidebook will be available for purchase on April 20. U.S.News has published graduate school rankings annually since 1987.

Writers:    Judith Bara Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

                  Elizabeth Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

                  Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu


Sources:   France A. Córdova, president@purdue.edu

                    Mark Smith, 765-494-2604, mjts@purdue.edu  

                    Maryann Santos de Barona, dean of the College of Education, 765-494-2336, msdb@purdue.edu

                    Leah Jamieson, dean of the College of Engineering, 765-494-5346, lhj@purdue.edu

                    Jay Akridge, dean of the College of Agriculture, 765-494-8391, akridge@purdue.edu

                    Richard Cosier, dean of the Krannert School of Management, 765-494-4366, rcosier@purdue.edu

                    Jeffrey Roberts, dean of the College of Science, 765-494-1730, jtrob@purdue.edu