UW News

March 15, 2016

Medicine, nursing programs top national rankings; dozens more UW programs highly rated

For the 22nd time in the past 23 years, the University of Washington ranked as the No. 1 primary care medical school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate School rankings released Tuesday.

The rural medicine and family medicine programs have also led the nation since those rankings began in 1992.

In a new ranking this year, the UW’s doctor of nursing practice program is first among 149 programs nationwide.

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

In all, the UW has 52 graduate programs among the nation’s top 10 in each area. Among those, 12 health, nursing and medical programs – and another 14 public affairs and science programs – are in the top five.

“These rankings underscore yet again the outstandingly high quality of our medical education and nursing programs, and the invaluable service they provide in training health-care providers for our state and beyond,” said UW President Ana Mari Cauce. “And I couldn’t be prouder of the number and breadth of graduate programs ranked among the best in the country – from public affairs and education, to the STEM fields, humanities and the arts. We have amazing faculty and students coming together as a community of scholars to extend the reach of our knowledge.”

In total, more than 90 of the UW’s graduate programs are ranked in the top 40 on the U.S. News lists.

The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance ranked fourth (in a four-way tie), continuing an upward trend for the Evans School among public affairs programs, which are ranked every four years. In 2004, the Evans School was 26th before jumping to 14th in 2008 and ninth in 2012. The Evans School also had four specialties in the top 10: environmental policy (second), nonprofit management (sixth), public management (ninth), and public financing and budgeting (10th). The College of Education tied for eighth overall, with four specialties landing in the top 10: special education (seventh), elementary education (seventh), secondary education (eighth) and administration/supervision (ninth).

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 was ninth. The UW’s biostatistics program was tied for first in the nation and mathematics was in a three-way 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.

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

Pediatrics: 5th

Internal medicine: 7th

Research: Three-way tie for 8th

Drug and alcohol abuse: Tie for 8th

Geriatrics: Tie for 8th

Women’s Health: Tie for 8th

Doctor of nursing practice: 1st

Nursing master’s (overall): Tie for 4th

Nurse practitioner (family): 1st

Nurse practitioner (adult, primary care): 5th

Nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health) 5th

Nurse practitioner (pediatric, primary care): Tie for 9th

Nursing informatics: Tie for 10th

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

Law librarianship: 1st

Services for children and youth: 2nd

School library media: Tie for 3rd

Information systems: Tie for 4th

Digital librarianship: 5th

Health disciplines:

Social work: Three-way tie for 3rd

Speech-language pathology: Tie for 3rd

Audiology: Three-way tie for 4th

Public health: 6th (ranked in 2015)

Clinical psychology: Three-way tie for 8th

Pharmacy: Seven-way tie for 9th

Health care management: Five-way tie for 10th (ranked in 2015)

Public affairs (overall): Four-way tie for 4th

Environmental policy: 2nd

Nonprofit management: Tie for 6th

Public management: Tie for 9th

Public finance and budgeting: 10th

Sciences (ranked in 2014):

Biostatistics: Tie for 1st

Physics (nuclear): 2nd

Biological science (genetics): Tie for 3rd

Statistics: Tie for 4th

Computer science (overall): Tie for 6th

Artificial intelligence: 5th

Systems: 5th

Theory: 9th


Analytical: 10th

Inorganic: Tie for 10th

Engineering (computer): Tie for 7th

Education (overall): Tie for 8th

Elementary education: 7th

Special education: 7th

Secondary education: 8th

Administration/supervision: 9th

Engineering (biomedical/bioengineering): Five-way tie for 9th

History (Asian history): 10th (ranked in 2013)

TOP 25:

Social policy: Three-way tie for 11th

Physician assistant: Tie for 11th (ranked in 2015)

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

Sociology (sociology of population): 11th (ranked in 2013)

Education (policy): Three-way tie for 11th

Education (curriculum and instruction): 12th

Law (intellectual property law): 12th

Public policy analysis: Tie for 12th

Health (nursing-midwifery): Three-way tie for 12th

Fine arts (ceramics): Tie for 12th

Part-time MBA: Tie for 13th

Computer science (programming language): Four-way tie for 13th (ranked in 2014)

Mathematics (applied math): 13th (ranked in 2014)

Occupational therapy: Three-way tie for 14th

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

Engineering (civil): Tie for 14th

Engineering (environmental): Three-way tie for 15th

Education (educational psychology): 15th

Law (tax law): 16th

Engineering (aerospace/aeronautical): 18th

Engineering (electrical): Eight-way tie for 19th

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

Fine arts: Seven-way tie for 20th

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

Physics: 22nd (ranked in 2014)

Business (entrepreneurship): Tie for 22nd

Engineering (chemical): Four-way tie for 22nd

Engineering (overall): Three-way tie for 24th

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

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

TOP 40:

Engineering (industrial/manufacturing): Tie for 26th

Foster School of Business: Four-way tie for 27th

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

Physical therapy: Eight-way tie for 28th

Engineering (mechanical): Five-way tie for 29th

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

Business (accounting): Four-way tie for 31st

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

Law: Four-way tie for 33rd

Engineering (materials): Five-way tie for 33rd

Economics: Tie for 40th (ranked in 2013)