The University of Maryland

03/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/12/2019 15:32

UMD Graduate Programs Secure High Rankings by U.S. News and World Report

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland schools, colleges and programs were recently recognized in the U.S. News and World Report's 2020 Best Graduate Schoolrankings. The following UMD programs and specialties ranked in the Top 10 in the nation: criminology (1, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences), african american history (2, College of Arts & Humanities), counseling/personnel services (2, College of Education), homeland/national security (4, School of Public Policy), education psychology (6, College of Education), quantum physics (6, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences), molecular physics (6, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences), library and information studies (8, College of Information Studies- including archives & preservation, digital librarianship, information systems, school library media and services for children & youth), information systems (9, Robert H. Smith School of Business) and public finance & budgeting (10, School of Public Policy).

This year's highlights include:

  • The Colleges of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities hold two top 5 rankings: criminology (1) and African-American history (2)

  • Seven programs in the College of Education were ranked among the top 20: counseling/personnel services (2), education psychology (6), special education (12), higher ed administration (13), secondary teacher education (16), elementary education (16), and education administration (19)

  • The School of Public Policy ranked 22 overall with three programs and specialties in the top 20: homeland/national security (4), public finance and budgeting (10) and international global policy (12)

  • The A. James Clark School of Engineering has three programs ranked in the top 20: aerospace engineering (14), electrical engineering (16), and computer engineering (16).

  • The Robert H. Smith School of Business and College of Agriculture & Natural Resources both have one program ranked in the top 20: information systems (9), veterinary medicine (17)

  • The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences has four specialities within computer science (16) ranked in the top 20: artificial intelligence (16), programming language (17), systems (16), and theory (16)

The U.S. News 2020 Best Graduate Schools listing 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 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 and reputation surveys sent to tens of thousands of academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2018 and early 2019.

The full U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings are available here, with UMD's complete graduate rankings listed here.