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U.S. News Rankings: BU Grad Schools among Nation’s Best

Six schools in top 50 in 2019 assessments


Several schools within Boston University advanced in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the country’s best graduate schools from their showings last year.

Among BU’s professional schools, the School of Medicine jumped 8 notches, to 26th, for the quality of its primary care education. MED advanced one notch, to 29th, in the magazine’s medical research category. (U.S. News rates medical schools in various categories.) The magazine reviewed a total of 124 medical schools nationwide.

“We are delighted with the rankings this year,” says Karen Antman, dean of MED and provost of the Medical Campus. She says that U.S. News changed the methodology in calculating this year’s research ratings: for the first time, it included as one metric all of a school’s research funding. Past rankings considered only funding from the National Institutes of Health.

“We did well,” Antman says, given this expanded metric.

Other BU schools faring well are the Questrom School of Business, which rose 2 notches, to 42nd in the country, out of 127 peers ranked by the magazine (its part-time MBA program jumped 10 spots, to 32nd); the School of Education (34th of 267, up 2 notches from last year); the School of Social Work (10th of 251, up 2 notches from 2016, the last time the magazine calculated social work school rankings; this is the first time SSW has made the top 10); and the College of Engineering (35th of 199, a drop of one notch).

The School of Law moved up one notch, to 22nd of 194, and also scored high for its education in certain specialties: 4th in healthcare law, 7th in tax law, 11th in intellectual property law, 31st for clinical training.

The School of Public Health ranked 10th in the country for the second year. Last year, the last time US News ranked occupational therapy programs, Sargent College’s was number 1 in the country.

“Rankings are inherently imperfect, but we appreciate the acknowledgement of the quality and reputation of our students, program, and alumni,” says Kenneth Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean in Management. “Each year, we adjust our curricular content in response to student needs and our increasingly engaged corporate partners to create experiential opportunities to bridge the classroom and industry.”

Catherine O’Connor, SED dean ad interim, says her school’s march upward in the rankings began under former dean Hardin Coleman, who “brought us into the top 50 in 2016.”

That SED is now “solidly within the top 40,” she says, owes to several factors: “Our faculty are having success getting large grants necessary for advanced research. Our reputation among peers continues to grow, and our graduate programs are attracting excellent students.”

“We aim to continue this work with the resources and opportunities,” says O’Connor, when BU’s merger with Wheelock College creates the University’s new Wheelock College of Education & Human Development as of June 1, 2018.

Jorge Delva, dean of SSW, says his school’s highest ever rating by the magazine “is a testament to the extraordinary work our community does to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.”

Jean Morrison, University provost, says the rankings are important “in a graduate and professional landscape that only grows more competitive with each passing year. There is always room for improvement and clearly more work ahead of us, but the faculty and students in these programs should be very proud of what they are accomplishing.”

Rich Barlow, Senior Writer, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
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10 Comments on U.S. News Rankings: BU Grad Schools among Nation’s Best

  • Peggy krajnovic on 03.20.2018 at 8:26 am

    Congratulations BU!! I’m in the School of Education online for my masters and super impressed with the entire experience. As a transfer from Online Masters in Education program at University of Houston which was ranked #1 a year ago, I am extremely skeptical about how UH is ranked at the top. BU rocks and I’m proud to be a part of this outstanding community of intellectuals!

  • SPH student on 03.20.2018 at 9:43 am

    These are all great. BU School of Public Health wasn’t mentioned, because I don’t think its ranking has changed, but we are once again in the top 10 public health schools in the nation according to US News & World Report!

    • Rich Barlow, BU Today on 03.20.2018 at 10:35 am

      You are correct; the original story did not mention SPH’s ranking because we saw no change. However, the story has been amended to include the ranking.

      • Taryn Ekins on 03.20.2018 at 9:30 pm

        Thank you!!

      • Graduating SPH student on 03.23.2018 at 3:38 pm

        I guess I am at a loss why SPH was not mentioned just because the rank did not change. With a top 10 ranking, that places SPH the highest rated of BU grad programs. Why not mention that? Why overlook it?

    • SPH student on 03.21.2018 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you!

  • Sydney Rosen on 03.20.2018 at 10:08 am

    The BU School of Public Health is once again in the top 10! Please don’t forget us.

  • Taryn Ekins on 03.20.2018 at 10:23 am

    Also excitingly BU School of Public Health is ranked number 10 – so we really have more than just those mentioned above ranking in the top 50!

  • Kristin McAuliffe on 03.20.2018 at 11:08 am

    Plus, BU’s online graduate programs in Management, IT & Criminal Justice were all ranked in the top 10 this year- and have been since US News started ranking online programs.

  • Jasmine Betz on 03.21.2018 at 6:52 pm

    Go Terriers! Proud to be a soon-to-be May 2018 Questrom grad!

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