Emory Report
April 3, 2006
Volume 58, Number 25


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April 3, 2006
U.S. News rankings assess Emory’s graduate schools

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 2007 edition of its “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 3.

Emory’s schools of law, business and medicine were the top-ranked schools in Georgia in their respective categories. The University’s joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with Georgia Tech is ranked third in the nation, while Goizueta Business School ranked 18th. The School of Law ranked 26th, along with the School of Medicine, which ranked 26th among research-oriented medical schools and 41st among primary care-oriented medical schools.

“Emory’s partnership with Georgia Tech is an example of what can be accomplished when two leading institutions combine their expertise in medicine and engineering and accomplish more together than either would individually,” said Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs.

“Our consistent recognition as a top medical school can be attributed to the expertise and accomplishments of our faculty and students,” said medical Dean Tom Lawley. “Although these rankings vary from year to year, our school is in fact on a strong upward trajectory that includes innovative curriculum changes, strengthening of research and the development of cross-cutting partnerships throughout the medical school and with other areas of the University.”

Goizueta’s Cliff W. Oxford Executive MBA ranked 10th in the nation; the program also ranks sixth globally in BusinessWeek. “Recognition by corporate recruiters and our peer schools is truly rewarding,” said Goizueta Dean Larry Benveniste. “We appreciate the acknowledgment, and we will continue investing in top-caliber faculty and research, strengthening the curriculum and further enhancing our leadership development initiatives.”

Ph.D. programs in the sciences were newly ranked this year, with the assessments based solely on reputational surveys. Emory’s Ph.D. program in biological sciences ranked 32nd, while the doctoral program in chemistry ranked 38th.

Several health-related programs were not surveyed this year. As a result, (according to U.S. News) the Rollins School of Public Health remains in ninth place nationally, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing remains 26th.

U.S. News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools” report began in 1990.

“One measure of our graduate and professional programs is this annual assessment of reputation offered by U.S. News,” said Provost Earl Lewis. “While such numbers never tell the full story, they do serve as a benchmark, allowing us to see how we compare to others. This year we see that we have much to celebrate and the opportunity for continued development.”