Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy rose sharply this year in new rankings of graduate and professional schools published annually by U.S. News & World Report while Northwestern’s other graduate programs retained their high rankings by the magazine.
In the rankings, which were released Friday (April 1), SESP’s graduate program was ranked sixth, up from 11th last year, and the highest that the program has ever been ranked by the magazine.
“The rise in the graduate school rankings for the School of Education and Social Policy represents a recognition of the excellent research and teaching of the SESP faculty and the dedicated leadership of Penelope Peterson as dean,” said Provost Lawrence B. Dumas. “It's particularly gratifying to note that, despite the fact that it is smaller than many other schools of education, it continues to receive national recognition for its leadership in the field.”
Peterson said that she was “delighted” to learn of the ranking and credited the school’s faculty for their high-quality research and teaching. She also cited the school’s graduate students who have the highest quantitative GRE scores of any school of education in the country.
“We strive to be the most innovative school of education in the nation in pursuing our mission to improve human learning and development across the life span,” Peterson said. “We pride ourselves on leading the way by developing new non-traditional interdisciplinary programs in Learning Sciences and Human Development and Social Policy. We’re pleased that our innovative stance continues to pay off.”
SESP trailed only Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, Columbia and Vanderbilt in the rankings of graduate programs in education.
The University also continued its strong showing in other graduate and professional programs ranked by U.S. News. The Kellogg School of Management was ranked fourth overall in graduate business programs, the same as last year. In addition, in specialty areas of business programs, Kellogg was ranked first in executive MBA programs, first in marketing, second in management, third in part-time MBA programs, fifth in nonprofit, seventh in entrepreneurship, seventh in finance, seventh in production/operations and 10th in accounting.
The Northwestern School of Law was ranked 10th in the country, the same as last year. In specialty areas, Northwestern was ranked fourth in tax law, sixth in trial advocacy ninth in alternate dispute resolution, ninth in clinical training and 10th in legal writing.
The Feinberg School of Medicine was ranked 20th among medical schools that emphasize research, the same as last year.
The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science was ranked 21st, a drop of one ranking from last year. In specialty areas, McCormick was ranked second in materials science, fourth in industrial/manufacturing engineering, eighth in civil engineering and 10th in mechanical engineering.
Several of Northwestern's graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities also were ranked highly in new rankings this year. The program in African history was ranked first in the country and the overall history program was ranked 17th.
In economics, the overall program was ranked eighth. In specialty areas, Northwestern was ranked third in industrial organization, eighth in econometrics and in macroeconomics and ninth in microeconomics.
The sociology program was ranked 11th in the country, the political science program was ranked 21st and the psychology program was ranked 22nd. In areas of specialization in sociology, Northwestern was ranked third in sociology of culture, sixth in economic sociology and sixth in historical sociology.
U.S. News did not rank this year other graduate programs offered by Northwestern.