UC Davis

Education, law, engineering rise in grad school rankings

By From page A1 | March 13, 2014

The latest round of U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings is out, and UC Davis’ schools of law and education and College of Engineering are among those that moved up from a year ago.

Two programs remained in the top 10 nationally — evolution and ecology at third, just as it was when last ranked in the magazine’s 2011 edition, while agricultural engineering moved up one spot from a year ago to seventh. They’re joined by civil engineering, which is 10th after being ranked 13th a year ago.

The rankings, released Tuesday, will be published in its America’s Best Graduate Schools 2015 guidebook.

In others:

* UCD’s School of Education shot up from 60th to 45th;

* The School of Law moved up two places to 36th;

* The College of Engineering climbed two places to 31st. Rankings for the college’s other specialties are environmental 11th (13th last year), biomedical 20th (18th), materials 22nd (25th), aerospace 28th (26th), chemical 28th (29th), mechanical 34th (35th), electrical 34th (40th), computer science 34th (39th) and computer engineering 35th (34th).

* The School of Medicine saw primary care improve three places to 16th, while research moved up two places to 40th; and

* The Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program slipped one spot to 41st and its part-time MBA program six places to 25th.

In the sciences, last ranked in 2011, UCD stands 19th in biology (20th), 20th in earth science (17th), 29th in physics (26th), 27th in statistics (31st), 34th in mathematics (36th) and 35th in chemistry (38th).

The magazine’s methodology varies by discipline. Individual sciences, for instance, are rated based solely on surveys sent to academics, while the full-time MBA program includes student selectivity (average undergraduate grade-point average, average admission test score and percentage of applicants accepted), recruiter and peer surveys, employment rates and average starting salary.

The magazine releases its much-watched annual college rankings in September. Last year, UCD ranked 39th overall, ninth among public institutions.

— Reach Cory Golden at [email protected] or 530-747-8046. Follow him on Twitter at @cory_golden

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The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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