U.S. News & World Report released their 2022 rankings of graduate schools Tuesday, with UW-Madison ranked fourth in the country.
The media company ranks over 2,000 graduate programs every year across business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing. Their methodologies consist of surveys of academics and employers, in addition to statistical indicators of admissions test scores and achievements of graduates linked to their degrees.
On a 100 point scale, UW-Madison’s score in education increased from 89 to 95, with only Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California-Los Angeles achieving higher scores.
“We are excited and honored to again be recognized as one of the leading schools of education in the United States,” UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess said in a release.
UW-Madison’s rankings in law saw improvement, with the law school ranking 29th among J.D. programs nationally.
“[We are] pleased with this recognition, but our ranking is not our mission,” Dean Dan Tokaji said in a release. “Equally important — although difficult to measure — is the inclusiveness and resilience of the Wisconsin Law community.”
Despite achievement in the areas of education and law, the University’s rankings in engineering, medicine and business (full-time MBA) all dropped.
In engineering, the University’s program dropped to 26th in the U.S., tied with the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Colorado-Boulder. In medicine, UW-Madison’s School of Medicine saw a decline to 33nd, tied with Ohio State University and Boston University. The Wisconsin School of Business’ MBA program saw a slide to 42nd, tied with the University of Maryland.
All in all, U.S. News’ 2022 rankings upheld the strength of the University’s education and law programs, while the decline of engineering, medicine and business marked the need for improvement.
UW-Madison ultimately ranked 42nd in terms of the whole university, tied with the University of Texas-Austin, Brandeis University, Boston University and Case Western Reserve University.