UMD Graduate Programs Receive High Marks in 2019 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

UMD Graduate Programs Receive High Marks in 2019 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Several University of Maryland colleges and programs were recently recognized in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 graduate school rankings. UMD had two No.1-ranked graduate programs: criminology (College of Behavioral and Social Sciences) and counseling/personnel services (College of Education), with 37 additional schools, colleges, and programs featured in the rankings.

This year’s highlights include:

  • Four programs in the College of Education were ranked among the top 25: educational psychology (9), higher education administration (10), special education (14) and secondary teacher education (15).
  • The School of Public Policy had two programs and specialties ranked in the top 25: homeland/national security (6) and the public finance and budgeting program (10).
  • The A. James Clark School of Engineering ranked No. 22 overall, with four programs ranked in the top 25: aerospace engineering (12), mechanical engineering (16), electrical engineering (18), and materials engineering (24).
  • The Robert H. Smith School of Business had three programs and specialties ranked in the top 25: information systems (9), part-time MBA (15), and supply chain/logistics (24).
  • The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences had three programs and nine specialties ranked in the top 25:
    -- Physics (14): quantum (6), atomic/molecular/optical (6), condensed matter (11), and elementary particles/field/string theory (13).
    --Computer Science (16): artificial intelligence (16), systems (16), theory (16), and programming language (17).
    --Mathematics (22): applied math (13).

The U.S. News 2019 Best Graduate Schools evaluates graduate programs across six major disciplines in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing, including specialties in each area. The rankings 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 output and student achievement. According to U.S. News, the data for the rankings in all six disciplines came from statistical surveys of more than 2,012 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2017 and early 2018.

When last ranked in 2017, 30 UMD programs and specialties were placed on the list.

March 22, 2018


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