Emory Report

February 23, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 22

U.S. News & World Report rankings make room for several of Emory's graduate programs

A number of Emory's graduate schools and programs are among the Top 25 graduate programs in America, according to U.S. News & World Report's 1998 "America's Best Graduate School" guide.

The School of Medicine was ranked 21st (19th last year) among 125 U.S. medical schools. The school ranked 32nd in student selectivity, 10th in faculty resources, 30th in research activity, 25th in reputation rank by academics and 17th in reputation rank by intern/section directors.

In its first ranking of physician assistant (PA) programs, Emory's master's program was ranked second, based on a reputation score of 4.5 (5.0 scale) in a survey of deans, faculty and administrators of accredited graduate programs. Duke University Medical Center had the top-ranked PA program.

Emory's master of physical therapy program was ranked seventh based on a reputation score of 3.8 (5.0 scale) in a survey of deans, faculty and administrators of accredited graduate programs.

Emory's master's program in midwifery was ranked sixth. Additionally, the master of nursing program was ranked 32nd.

Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs, said, "It's particularly gratifying to have programs from all three Woodruff Health Sciences Center schools among the top tier. We are seeing unprecedented cross-disciplinary research, teaching and other activities between their programs."

The Goizueta Business School's MBA program ranked 21st among the nation's 300 accredited MBA programs, up from 23rd last year. The business school ranked 22nd in student selectivity, 18th in placement success, 29th in reputation rank by academics and 25th in reputation rank by recruiters. "This rise in the ranking from last year reflects our school's momentum. With the recent announcement of $40 million in gifts that almost triples the business school's endowment, we expect this momentum to continue in the upcoming years," said Dean Ronald Frank.

The School of Law was ranked 25th this year, up from 27th last year, among the 174 U.S. accredited law schools. The law school ranked 3.5 (5.0 scale) in reputation by academics, 3.6 (5.0 scale) in reputation by lawyers and judges, 32nd in student selectivity, 14th in faculty resources and 74th in placement success.

"Inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report ranking gives Emory visibility and helps in creating a general awareness of a school, and we're pleased to be included," said Howard Hunter, dean of the law school. "Rankings based purely on statistics, however, cannot adequately reflect Emory's or any university's individuality and character, or the depth and breadth of faculty expertise, curriculum and resources."

In addition, Emory's PhD program in history was ranked 25th by a U.S. News survey of department heads and directors of graduate studies.

-Jan Gleason

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