Emory Report
April 4, 2005
Volume 58, Number 25


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April 4, 2005
Medicine, law, business place in 2006 U.S. News rankings

BY elaine justice

Several of Emory’s graduate schools and programs are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2006 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide. The rankings will be reported in a newsstand book and the issue of U.S. News due on newsstands April 4.

The School of Medicine ranked 20th among research-oriented medical schools and 30th among primary care-oriented medical schools. Goizueta Business School (GBS) ranked 18th, and the School of Law ranked 32nd.

Emory’s joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, launched in partnership with Georgia Tech in 1997, ranked third in the nation. “This program represents a truly unique synergy of some of the country’s most innovative scholars advancing the cause of health,” said Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs. “This is a tribute to the academic leadership at both Emory and Georgia Tech, and to the high quality of faculty and graduate students who have been recruited to Atlanta.”

The medical school’s specialty program in AIDS ranked 17th, geriatrics 16th and internal medicine 18th.

“It is gratifying to be consistently recognized as one of the top 20 medical schools for research,” said Dean Tom Lawley of the medical school. “We are also pleased at the jump in recognition for our accomplishments in primary care, and for the high standing of our specialty programs in AIDS and internal medicine.”

The GBS Evening MBA Program ranked 15th among part-time programs; its Cliff W. Oxford Executive MBA program placed 10th (the program also earned a No. 10 ranking in BusinessWeek). The school’s program in marketing ranked 21st, and management ranked 22nd. “Being recognized by our peer schools and by corporate recruiters is very rewarding,” said GBS interim Dean Maryam Alavi.

The law school’s program in international law ranked 18th and its tax law program 24th. Law Dean Tom Arthur noted the volatility of the rankings. “Because so many schools’ scores are clustered closely together, even a slight statistical change can appear significant,” Arthur said. “In reality, our quality continues to improve, and we are committed to making our law school one of the best in the nation.”

Among graduate programs in social sciences and the humanities, rankings were based solely on reputation surveys. Emory’s doctoral program in history was ranked 29th, while its specialty in African history placed ninth. The Ph.D. program in English ranked 28th, and its specialty in African-American literature ranked 14th. The sociology Ph.D. program was 38th (specialty in social psychology 14th); the political science Ph.D. program was 29th, and the psychology Ph.D. 47th.

“We are grateful to have so many of our graduate programs recognized, even on an anecdotal basis,” said Bryan Noe, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “Many of these graduate programs are clustered together in groups assigned the same numerical score, and Emory is in good company.”

Noe said the forthcoming comprehensive survey of graduate programs, being conducted by the National Research Council and expected in 2006, will offer more detailed and accurate data on the quality of specific graduate programs.

Several health-related programs were not surveyed this year, consequently the Rollins School of Public Health remains ranked ninth nationally and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing remains 26th, with its nursing-midwifery program ranked seventh. Emory’s physician-assistant program remains third in the nation.