Colleges and universities throughout the state are touting their inclusion on this year’s U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings. The list includes Indiana University Kelley School of Business, the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.
IU Kelley ranks 22nd overall, up one spot from last year. The Mendoza College of Business is 27th. The Krannert School of Management ranks 44th.
U.S. News and World Report again gave high marks to Indiana University programs in education, business, law and medicine in its annual Best Graduate Schools rankings.
The School of Library and Information Sciences at IU Bloomington was rated eighth-best in the country, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ humanities and social-science programs were among the nation’s best.
The IU School of Education moved back into the top 20 schools. It was tied for 19th overall and 10th among education schools in public universities.
Its specialty in higher education administration ranked ninth and its elementary education program ranked 11th. The school’s online Ed.D., master’s and professional certification programs were 14th in rankings that U.S. News released in January.
“This is the 13th year in a row the IU School of Education has been ranked among the top 10 percent of education programs surveyed by U.S. News,” said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the school. “There are about 1,500 colleges that prepare teachers and nearly 300 that are invited to participate in the national rankings, so this is no small feat. The credit belongs to Indiana University’s world-class faculty and students, whose academic and research performance makes this possible year after year.”
The IU Kelley School of Business moved to 22nd in the overall rankings of graduate business programs, up from 23rd last year. It was seventh among public universities and first among programs in Indiana.
The school’s part-time MBA program on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ranked ninth. Kelley specialties ranked 10th in production/operations, 10th in entrepreneurship and 13th in accounting. Its Kelley Direct online MBA program was third in the January rankings.
“The Kelley School is unique among Big Ten business schools in that all its programs – undergraduate and full-time, online and evening MBA programs – consistently are considered among the nation’s best,” said Idalene Kesner, interim dean of the Kelley School of Business and Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “Our overall No. 22 full-time MBA and No. 9 part-time MBA rankings place us among the elite of nationally accredited programs.
“This ranking is consistent with other internal measures we track related to our national reputation, and we are pleased to see that our excellence in the accounting, entrepreneurship and operations majors is recognized,” Kesner added. “Ultimately, our primary interest is the quality of the educational experience our students receive, and this assessment measures our true success in providing outstanding and rigorous academics, leadership development and career advancement opportunities for our MBAs.”
The IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington ranked 25th overall, moving up one position from last year. It was eighth among law schools in public institutions.
“The Maurer School of Law’s ranking is a direct reflection of the commitment of its faculty, staff and alumni,” said Hannah L. Buxbaum, interim dean and John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics. “It’s a privilege to be recognized among the leading law schools in the country.”
The IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis ranked 98th overall.
U.S. News calculates two separate rankings for medical schools, one for the education of physicians who work in primary patient care and the other for research. The IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis ranked 37th in the primary care category and 48th in the research category.
“The IU School of Medicine consistently ranks well based on research funding success, with the school ranked 40th out of 138 receiving National Institutes of Health funding,” said Dr. D. Craig Brater, dean and Walter J. Daly Professor at the school and IU vice president for university clinical affairs.
“The Association of American Medical Colleges also consistently ranks our school’s primary care program in the fifth percentile in terms of the number of our graduates choosing that specialty and the number electing to practice in rural communities,” Brater added. “The IU School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Hoosiers through clinical care, research and education.”
The School of Library and Information Sciences at IU Bloomington ranked eighth overall. Its programs were ranked seventh for digital librarianship, eighth for information systems and 13th for school library media.
The rankings were based on a survey of deans, programs directors and senior faculty members at accredited master’s degree programs.
“The information professions are changing rapidly, which increases the complexity in any ranking based on perceptions,” said Debora Shaw, dean of the school. “In this context, it is encouraging that our peers recognize the high quality of scholarship and education in information and library science at IU. Our program, reaccredited by the American Library Association in 2012, continues to offer students excellent preparation for this dynamic field. The upcoming merger with the School of Informatics and Computing will further strengthen the opportunities for our students.”