Emory Report
April 2, 2007
Volume 59, Number 25

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April 2, 2007
U.S. News & World Report ranks Emory graduate and professional 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 2008 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide. These rankings will be reported in the newsstand book and the April 9 issue of U.S. News & World Report due out on April 2.

Emory’s schools of public health, law, business, medicine and nursing were the top-ranked schools in Georgia in their respective categories. Emory’s joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with Georgia Tech was ranked second in the nation. The University’s Rollins School of Public Health was seventh in the country. Goizueta Business School ranked 20th, Emory Law School 22nd. The School of Medicine ranked 23rd among research-oriented medical schools and 38th among primary care-oriented medical schools. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing was 26th.

Thomas Lawley, dean of the medical school, said that the No. 2 ranking of biomedical engineering represents “a unique partnership with Georgia Tech, resulting in this nationally recognized program that combines a public and private institution and the expertise of medicine and engineering.”

The ranking of Rollins School of Public Health, which rose from ninth to seventh nationally, is “a reflection of the dedication and excellence of our faculty and of our highly qualified and diverse student body,” said Jim Curran, dean of Rollins.

Larry Benveniste, dean of Goizueta, said the school’s recognition “is good, but our program is even stronger than indicated. Our quality indicators have improved in significant areas, and our solid strategy will help take us to a higher level.” Goizueta Business School’s W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA was ranked 10th in the nation; that program also ranks sixth globally in BusinessWeek.

“We’re pleased our program has been recognized,” said David Partlett, dean of Emory Law. “We’re constantly striving to improve the quality of the legal education we provide, while continuing to develop an outstanding community in which our students can learn and thrive and then go on to deeply satisfying careers.” Emory also was cited among a group of the nation’s most diverse law schools.

Ph.D. programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities were ranked this year, with results based solely on reputation surveys. Emory’s Ph.D. program in African history ranked ninth in the nation; the clinical psychology program ranked 20th; biological sciences ranked 34th, chemistry 36th.

Health-related programs ranked this year included the physician assistant program, which ranked third in the nation, while physical therapy and the nursing school’s midwifery program both ranked eighth.

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. Once again we see that we have much to celebrate and the opportunity for continued development.”