UW News

March 19, 2018

University of Washington graduate and professional disciplines rank highly in US News’ Best Graduate School lists

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Nearly 50 different graduate and professional programs and specialties at the University of Washington are among the top 10 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate School rankings released March 20.

Several schools and departments placed prominently in the 2019 rankings, including medicine, nursing, social work, computer science and public affairs.

“From health care and human services, to public policy, to computer science and engineering, the University of Washington is home to world-class learning and discovery, and we are honored that the U.S. News rankings reflect the excellence of our students, faculty and research,” said President Ana Mari Cauce.

The UW School of Medicine ranked third in the nation in the primary care medical schools category. Medical student training in family medicine and rural medicine ranked No. 1 last year; those two categories were not re-ranked this year. The UW medical school’s graduate program in microbiology tied for second in the nation, and its graduate programs in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics ranked fifth.

At the UW School of Nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program ranked third, and master’s programs in nursing ranked fifth overall. Its family nurse practitioner program tied for first, its pediatric nurse practitioner program ranked third, and its program for training psychiatric/mental health practitioners ranked fourth.

The UW School of Social Work tied for fifth in the nation.

The UW’s computer science program is considered No. 6 in the country, along with specialties artificial intelligence, which ranked fifth, and programming language and systems, which both ranked sixth.

The UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance ranked in a three-way tie for sixth place. Its environmental policy training ranked second, non-profit management ranked fourth, public finance and budgeting ranked fifth, and public management and leadership tied for seventh place.

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

Below is a roundup of the UW’s graduate and professional school and program rankings that were available under embargo to institutions before the full rankings were published. This list will be updated as more complete rankings become available:

TOP 10:

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Audiology: Three-way tie for 4th
  • Chemistry (analytical): 8th
  • Computer science (overall): Tie for 6th
  • Artificial intelligence: 5th
  • Programming language: 6th
  • Systems: 6th
  • Speech-language pathology: Tie for 3rd
  • Statistics: Tie for 4th
  • Physics (nuclear): 4th
  • Psychology (clinical): Three-way tie for 8th

College of Education (overall): 9th

  • Education (administration/supervision): 10th
  • Education (curriculum/instruction): 10th
  • Education (elementary education): 5th
  • Education (secondary education): 9th
  • Education (special education): 8th

College of Engineering

  • Engineering (biomedical/bioengineering): Three-way tie for 9th
  • Engineering (computer): Three-way tie for 9th

College of the Environment

  • Earth sciences: Three-way tie for 10th

Information School

  • Library and Information studies: 2nd (ranked in 2017)
  • Digital librarianship: 3rd (ranked in 2017)
  • Law librarianship: 1st (ranked in 2017)
  • Services for children and youth: 2nd (ranked in 2017)
  • Information systems: 3rd (ranked in 2017)
  • School library media: 7th (ranked in 2017)

School of Medicine

  • Primary care medical schools: 3rd
  • Family medicine: 1st (ranked in 2017)
  • Rural medicine: 1st (ranked in 2017)
  • Pediatrics: Tie for 7th
  • Internal medicine: 9th
  • Geriatrics: 7th (ranked in 2017)
  • Surgery: 8th

School of Medicine basic science graduate programs

  • Microbiology: Tie for 2nd
  • Genetics/Genomics/Bioinformatics: 5th

School of Nursing

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: 3rd
  • Nursing master’s (overall): 5th
  • Nurse practitioner (family): Tie for 1st
  • Nurse practitioner (adult, primary care): 7th
  • Nurse practitioner (pediatric, primary care): 3rd
  • Nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health): 4th

School of Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy: Seven-way tie for 9th

School of Public Health 

  • Public Health (overall): 6th
  • Biostatistics: Three-way tie for 1st
  • Health care management: Four-way tie for 10th

Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

  • Public affairs (overall): Three-way tie for 6th
  • Environmental policy: 2nd
  • Nonprofit management: 4th
  • Public finance and budgeting: 5th
  • Public management and leadership: Tie for 7th

TOP 25:

Biological sciences: Three-way tie for 23rd

Chemistry: Six-way tie for 24th

Computer science (theory): 11th

Education (psychology): 11th

Education (policy): 12th

Engineering (aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical): Four-way tie for 17th

Engineering (chemical): Tie for 24th

Engineering (civil): Six-way tie for 17th

Engineering (electrical): Four-way tie for 21st

Engineering (environmental/environmental health): Six-way tie for 17th

Engineering (industrial/manufacturing/systems): Three-way tie for 25th

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

Fine arts: Seven-way tie for 20th

Fine arts (ceramics): Tie for 12th

Foster School of Business (overall): 22nd

History: Four-way tie for 23rd

Part-time MBA: Tie for 13th

Entrepreneurship: Three-way tie for 19th

Executive MBA: Three-way tie for 23rd

Marketing: 23rd

Law (intellectual property law): 18th

Law (clinical training): Four-way tie for 21st

Law (tax law): Tie for 17th

Local government management: Tie for 15th

Public policy analysis: 11th

Social policy: 12th

Urban policy: Three-way tie for 19th

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

Mathematics (applied math): 11th

Mathematics (analysis): 17th

School of Medicine (medical research schools): Three-way tie for 11th

Anesthesiology: Tie for 13th

Obstetrics & gynecology: 15th

Psychiatry: 11th

Radiology: Tie for 11th

Occupational therapy: Three-way tie for 14th

Physician assistant: Tie for 11th

Nurse practitioner (adult, acute care): Tie for 13th

Sociology: Five-way tie for 17th

Sociology (population): 14th

Physics: 22nd


TOP 35:

Economics: Tie for 35th

Engineering (overall): Tie for 26th

Engineering (mechanical): Five-way tie for 30th

English: Seven-way tie for 35th

School of Law: Five-way tie for 32nd

Mathematics: Six-way tie for 26th

Physical therapy: Eight-way tie for 28th

Psychology: 10-way tie for 26th

Political science: Four-way tie for 33rd