Purdue's graduate programs ranked among best by U.S.News

March 12, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's programs in engineering, education and business continue to be ranked among the best in the country in U.S.News & World Report's graduate school rankings released Tuesday (March 12).

"These rankings, particularly the sustained upward movement by both the College of Engineering and the College of Education over the last several years, show that Purdue continues to excel in education at the graduate level," said Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. "We are pleased that the efforts of our faculty to enhance our graduate programs while expanding Purdue's research portfolio are being recognized externally."

Mark J.T. Smith, dean of the Graduate School, added, "Purdue provides an educational experience that gives students the opportunity to work with world-class faculty and top interdisciplinary programs. We attract the best students because they know they can study issues that are important across the globe."

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.

Programs ranked this year include:

Engineering: Purdue's College of Engineering was ranked No. 8 in the country. Last year, the college's graduate program was ranked 10th.

Twelve engineering disciplines were in the nation's top 25 in specialty rankings, including a No. 1 ranking for agricultural and biological engineering. Aeronautics and astronautics ranked sixth; civil engineering ranked sixth; mechanical engineering ranked eighth; and nuclear engineering ranked eighth, tied with Pennsylvania State University. Ranking 10th were electrical engineering, computer engineering and industrial engineering. Chemical engineering ranked 13th, tied with Carnegie Mellon University and University of Illinois. Environmental engineering  ranked 17th, tied with Duke University, Rice University, University of Wisconsin and Yale University. Materials engineering ranked 17th, tied with the universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Biomedical engineering ranked 23rd, tied with Harvard University and the universities of Minnesota and Virginia.

Education: Purdue's College of Education ranked 32nd, tied with the College of William and Mary, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Iowa and the University of Pittsburgh. Purdue's ranking is up from 37th last year.

Business: Krannert School of Management ranked 44th, tied with the University of Arizona and the University of Iowa. Among specialty rankings, Krannert's production/operations program ranked seventh, its supply chain/logistics program ranked ninth, and its information systems program ranked 12th.

Additional programs ranked this year include:

Psychology: Purdue's Department of Psychological Sciences, part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, was ranked 46th, tied with Michigan State University, Stony Brook University-SUNY and the University of Massachussets-Amherst.

To see where Purdue programs not surveyed this year rank, visit http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2012/Q1/u.s.news-ranks-purdues-graduate-programs-among-nations-best.html, http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/rankings/2011/110315CordovaGradRankings.html or http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/rankings/2010/100415CordovaRankings.html

In the latest undergraduate rankings by U.S.News & World Report, released in August 2012, Purdue was ranked 23rd among the nation's public universities. The university was ranked 11th overall and eighth among public universities in "up-and-comers" for "the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life," as determined by a survey of college administrators. Purdue was again acknowledged in four of eight student success categories. The areas, in which schools are listed but not ranked, are First-Year Experience, Writing in the Disciplines, Learning Communities and Internships.

U.S.News & World Report's complete rankings in America's Best Graduate Schools will be available on newsstands April 9. U.S.News has published graduate school rankings annually since 1987.

Extended program rankings and additional information will be available Tuesday (March 12) at http://www.usnews.com

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Sources: Timothy D. Sands, 765-494-9709, tsands@purdue.edu

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

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