UW News

March 9, 2015

UW leads nation in primary care, rural medicine and family medicine; top 10 in dozens of graduate programs

UW News

The University of Washington has 42 graduate schools and specialty programs among the nation’s top 10 in each area, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Graduate School Rankings released Tuesday. The UW again ranked as the No. 1 primary care medical school, while the rural medicine and family medicine specialties continue to lead the nation. Seven other health and medicine schools and programs rank in the top five.

“Top graduate programs around the country are incredibly competitive with one another, and it is gratifying that we have a considerable number of programs across the University recognized for their quality,” said Interim President Ana Mari Cauce. “Our programs in medicine and the health sciences, quantitative and computer science are especially strong — some of them considered to be the very best in the nation. It is a testament to an enormous amount of hard work by faculty, students, and staff in those programs.”

See all UW Medicine and other health sciences graduate program rankings at HS NewsBeat.

In total, more than 50 of the UW’s graduate offerings are ranked in the top 40 schools and specialty programs on the U.S. News lists.

The School of Education ranked sixth overall, with four specialties landing in the top 10: secondary education (tied for seventh), special education (ninth), elementary education (ninth) and administration/supervision (10th). The School of Business ranked 23rd, engineering was 27th and law was 28th. UW’s part-time MBA program was tied for 13th.

U.S. News also re-released rankings for several graduate schools and specialty programs from previous years. The UW’s graduate program in computer science landed in a tie for sixth, with the artificial intelligence and computer science systems specialties each ranking fifth. Computer science theory is ninth. The UW’s biostatistics program was tied for first in the nation, statistics was tied for fourth, and mathematics was in a tie for 25th. Earth sciences (tied for 11th), biological sciences (tied for 19th), physics (22nd), and chemistry (tied for 24th) were all ranked in 2014. The nuclear physics specialty, also ranked in 2014, was second in the nation.

Library and information studies (the UW is third) and public affairs (the UW is tied for ninth) remained in the top 10 from previous years, with several specialties within each program also ranking in the top five. In other rankings carried over from 2013, psychology (tied for 14th), sociology (tied for 20th), political science (tied for 28th), history (tied for 30th), English (tied for 32nd) and economics (tied for 40th) remained in the top 40.

Information about U.S. News & World Report’s methodology can be found here.

Below is a roundup of the UW’s graduate program rankings:

TOP 10:

Medicine: No. 1 primary care medical school

Family medicine: 1st

Rural medicine: 1st

AIDS: Tie for 4th

Internal medicine: Three-way tie 8th

Pediatrics: 8th

Research: Three-way tie for 10th

Nursing master’s (overall): 4th

Nurse practitioner (family): Tie for 5th

Nurse practitioner (pediatric, primary care): 8th

Nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health): Tie for 8th

Nursing informatics: Tie for 9th

Nurse practitioner (adult/gerontology, primary care): Tie for 9th

Health disciplines:

Clinical psychology (doctorate): Four-way tie for 2nd (ranked in 2012)

Audiology (doctorate): Four-way tie for 3rd (ranked in 2012)

Social work (master’s): Tie for 3rd (ranked in 2012)

Speech-language pathology (master’s): Tie for 3rd (ranked in 2012)

Public health (master’s/doctorate): 6th

Pharmacy (Pharm.D.): Four-way tie for 10th (ranked in 2012)

Health care management (master’s): Five-way tie for 10th

Physician assistant (master’s): Tie for 11th

Occupational therapy (master’s/doctorate): Six-way tie for 15th (ranked in 2012)

Nuclear physics (specialty): 2nd (ranked in 2014)

Biostatistics: Tie for 1st (ranked in 2014)

Library and information studies: 3rd (ranked in 2013)

Law librarianship: 1st (ranked in 2013)

Services for children and youth: 2nd (ranked in 2013)

School library media: Tie for 3rd (ranked in 2013)

Information systems: Tie for 4th (ranked in 2013)

Digital librarianship: 5th (ranked in 2013)

Genetics/genomics/bioinformatics (specialty): Tie for 3rd (ranked in 2014)

Statistics: Tie for 4th (ranked in 2014)

Education: 6th

Secondary education: Three-way tie for 7th

Special education: 9th

Elementary education: 9th

Administration/Supervision: 10th

Computer science: Tie for 6th (ranked in 2014)

Artificial intelligence: 5th (ranked in 2014)

Computer science systems: 5th (ranked in 2014)

Computer science theory: 9th (ranked in 2014)

Public Affairs: Three-way tie for 9th (ranked in 2012)

Nonprofit management: Tie for 3rd (ranked in 2012)

Biomedical/bioengineering (specialty): Three-way tie for 9th


TOP 25:

Earth sciences: Tie for 11th (ranked in 2014)

Part-time business: Tie for 13th

Psychology: Seven-way tie for 14th (ranked in 2013)

Electrical engineering (specialty): Three-way tie for 18th

Biological Sciences: Six-way tie for 19th (ranked in 2014)

Sociology: Four-way tie for 20th (ranked in 2013)

Physics: 22nd (ranked in 2014)

Business: 23rd

Chemistry: Seven-way tie for 24th (ranked in 2014)

Mathematics: Three-way tie for 25th (ranked in 2014)


TOP 40:

Engineering: 27th

Art: Nine-way tie for 27th (ranked in 2012)

Law: 28th

Political science: Four-way tie for 28th (ranked in 2013)

History: Six-way tie for 30th (ranked in 2013)

English: Four-way tie for 32nd (ranked in 2013)

Economics: Tie for 40th (ranked in 2013)