UW-Madison graduate programs ranked high by U.S. News & World Report

March 15, 2016 By Käri Knutson
Bascom Hall, home to the administrative offices of the UW–Madison Graduate School.

Bascom Hall, home to the administrative offices of the UW–Madison Graduate School. Photo: Jeff Miller

Updated on 3/30/16

U.S. News provides advance notice to institutions of rankings before they are released to the public. During this time, UW–Madison recognized a discrepancy in its data and reported it immediately. Initially, the College of Engineering was ranked 14th overall. It was amended to unranked status on March 30 due to the data reporting error. Departmental rankings remain unchanged. Going forward, UW-Madison is reviewing data reporting practices to ensure accuracy.

UW-Madison graduate programs are ranked among the nation’s best in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”

“UW-Madison offers advanced study in a large number of graduate programs that touch almost every area of arts and humanities as well as the social, physical and biological sciences,” says William Karpus, dean of UW–Madison’s Graduate School. “This type of recognition is a reflection of the outstanding faculty, the field-advancing research that they do and the quality of mentoring they provide to our talented graduate students.”

Not all programs are ranked every year. View last year’s rankings.

UW-Madison programs ranked this year include:

Wisconsin School of Business: Tied for 27th for top MBA program; 22nd for part-time MBA programs.

School of Education: Fourth overall. Ranked specialties include administration and supervision (second), counseling and personnel services (tied for sixth), curriculum/instruction (first), education policy (third), educational psychology (first), elementary education (fourth), secondary education (third) and special education (ninth).

College of Engineering: Ranked specialties include chemical engineering (sixth), industrial and manufacturing engineering (tied for seventh) and nuclear engineering (fourth).

Fine arts: Tied for 15th overall. Ranked specialties include printmaking (first).

Health disciplines: Ranked specialties include audiology (tied for 17th), clinical psychology (tied for fourth), occupational therapy (tied for 14th), pharmacy (tied for ninth), social work (tied for 12th) and speech-language pathology (tied for third).

Law School: Tied for 33rd.

School of Medicine and Public Health: Tied for 25th in research and 14th for primary care. Ranked specialties include family medicine (tied for fifth).

Public affairs: Tied for 13th overall. Ranked specialties include social policy (tied for second).