Announces the Spring 2014 Graduate School Rankings

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The Spring 2014 Graduate School Rankings is a comprehensive list of the best graduate programs in the country based solely on student ratings and reviews.

Top Grad Programs

Where to go to graduate school? It can be an exhilarating yet complex, decision for any young adult. The choices are seemingly endless and the weight of the final determination can be overwhelming. But what if a website made this decision much easier?

Graduate Programs recognizes that need and is delighted to announce the second ever Top Graduate Programs in America. It’s a comprehensive list of the best graduate programs in the country, based solely on ratings and reviews posted on When the time comes to choose between graduate programs, Graduate Programs is here to help.

Data analysis based on actual experience, this extensive list of programs was compiled using information submitted by current and recent grad students between Sept. 1, 2012 and April 15, 2014. The rankings encompass reviews posted by more than 60,000 students participating in over 1,500 graduate programs. Ratings are based on a 10-star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

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The top graduate programs in the country are:

Business and Management: Rice University (9.2 stars)
Accounting: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9.9 stars)
Business Administration: Rice University (9.1 stars)
Executive MBA: University of Virginia (9.7 stars)
Full-time MBA: Harvard University (9.5 stars)
Marketing: University of California-Los Angeles (9.3 stars)
Part-time MBA: The University of Iowa (9.1 stars)

Communications: California State University, Fullerton (9.2 stars)

Education: University of California-Berkeley (9.4 stars)
Adult Education: University of Missouri-Columbia (9.2 stars)
Curriculum and Instruction: Purdue University-West Lafayette (9.9 stars)
     Counselor Education: Old Dominion University (9.4 stars)
     Education Administration: Providence College (9.2 stars)
     Elementary Education: University of Arkansas (9.4 stars)
     Educational Leadership: California State University, Los Angeles (9.8 stars)
     Higher Education: Boston University (9.7 stars)
     Secondary Education: American University (9.7 stars)
     Special Education: University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus (9.8 stars)
     Teacher Certification: University of Virginia (9.7 stars)

Engineering: Rice University (9.1 stars)
     Biomedical Engineering: Columbia University (9.5 stars)
     Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: Penn State University Park (9.6 stars)
     Civil Engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (9.1 stars)
     Computer Science: Carnegie Mellon University (9.6 stars)
     Electrical Engineering: Purdue University-West Lafayette (9.6 stars)
     Engineering Management: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (9.3 stars)
     Mechanical Engineering: Case Western Reserve University (9.6 stars)

Fine Arts and Architecture:
     Architecture: University of Utah (8.8 stars)
     Art: American University (9.1 stars)

Healthcare Administration: Oregon Health and Science University (9.7 stars)
Health Policy and Management: Tulane University (9.7 stars)    
Kinesiology: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (9.3 stars)
Mental Health Counseling: University of Southern California (9.7 stars)
Nutritional Science: Northeastern University (9.6 stars)
Occupational Therapy: University of Indianapolis (9.4 stars)
Physical Therapy: University of Wisconsin-Madison (9.0 stars)
Physician Assistant: Quinnipiac University (9.4 stars)
Public Health: Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center (9.3 stars)

Criminal Justice: University of Maryland, University College (9.7 stars)
     JD: University of Colorado, Boulder (8.7 stars)

Liberal Arts and Humanities:
English: University of Colorado, Boulder (9.9 stars)
Theology/Religious Studies: University of Washington Seattle (9.5 stars)

Medicine and Dental
     Anatomy: Pacific University Oregon (9.4 stars)
     Dental Medicine: University of Florida (9.2 stars)
     MD: Emory University (9.1 stars)
     Nursing: University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus (9.2 stars)
     Pharmacy: Butler University (9.3 stars)
     Veterinary: Virginia Tech (9.7 stars)

Public Affairs:
Public Administration: The University of Texas at Arlington (9.0 stars)
     Public Policy: Rutgers University-New Brunswick (9.5)

Biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology: University of California-Irvine     (9.5 stars)
     Biology: Indiana University, Bloomington (9.5 stars)
     Chemistry: Rice University (9.2 stars)
     Information Science: Northwestern University (9.9 stars)
     Mathematics: Stanford University (9.6 stars)
     Neuroscience: The Ohio State University (9.2 stars)
     Physics: University of California-Santa Barbara (9.1 stars)
     Speech-Language Pathology: Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (9.5 stars)

Social Sciences:
Anthropology: Cornell University (9.8 stars)
Economics: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (9.8 stars)
History: Harvard University (9.8 stars)
Political Science: Arizona State University (8.9 stars)
Psychology: Harvard University (9.1 stars)
Social Work: University of Southern California (8 stars)
Sociology: Duke University (9.3 stars)

Students don’t just leave ratings and reviews. They often post more personal experiences about their respective programs. One Virginia Tech Class of 2015 Veterinary doctoral student wrote, “Obtaining a veterinary degree yields a high volume of work and an increased stress level. With that being said, Virginia Tech's veterinary professors and clinicians strive to assist students with their needs. Professors and clinicians are able to help with class work or finding jobs and externships and the staff in the admissions office is always willing to help you find someone who can help you. Although our caseload is smaller than some other schools, there are still ample and varied cases to learn from and hands on experiences are promoted!”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

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