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Last modified: Monday, March 11, 2013

Indiana University programs highly ranked in U.S. News' Best Graduate Schools

March 12, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- U.S. News and World Report again gave high marks to Indiana University programs in education, business, law and medicine in its annual Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The School of Library and Information Sciences at IU Bloomington was rated eighth-best in the country, and the College of Arts and Sciences' humanities and social-science programs were among the nation's best.

Complete rankings are available at They will be included in the Best Graduate Schools 2014 guidebook, on newsstands April 9. Highlights were made available to colleges and universities in advance of today's release.

Schools of education

Gerardo Gonzalez

Gerardo Gonzalez

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The IU School of Education moved back into the top 20 schools. It was tied for 19th overall and 10th among education schools in public universities.

Its specialty programs ranked ninth for higher education administration, 10th for curriculum and instruction, 11th for student counseling, 11th for elementary teacher education program, 12th for secondary teacher administration, 18th for education administration and 21st for educational psychology. The school's online Ed.D., master's and professional certification programs were 14th in rankings that U.S. News released in January.

"This is the 13th year in a row the IU School of Education has been ranked among the top 10 percent of education programs surveyed by U.S. News," said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the school. "There are about 1,500 colleges that prepare teachers and nearly 300 that are invited to participate in the national rankings, so this is no small feat. The credit belongs to Indiana University's world-class faculty and students, whose academic and research performance makes this possible year after year."

Schools of business

Idalene Kesner

Idalene Kesner

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The IU Kelley School of Business moved to 22nd in the overall rankings of graduate business programs, up from 23rd last year. It was seventh among public universities and first among programs in Indiana.

The school's part-time MBA program on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ranked ninth. Kelley specialties ranked 10th in production/operations, 10th in entrepreneurship, 11th in information systems, 13th in accounting, 16th in management, 16th in marketing and 18th in supply chain/logistics. Its Kelley Direct online MBA program was third in the January rankings.

"The Kelley School is unique among Big Ten business schools in that all its programs -- undergraduate and full-time, online and evening MBA programs -- consistently are considered among the nation's best," said Idalene Kesner, interim dean of the Kelley School of Business and Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. "Our overall No. 22 full-time MBA and No. 9 part-time MBA rankings place us among the elite of nationally accredited programs.

"This ranking is consistent with other internal measures we track related to our national reputation, and we are pleased to see that our excellence in the accounting, entrepreneurship and operations majors is recognized," Kesner added. "Ultimately, our primary interest is the quality of the educational experience our students receive, and this assessment measures our true success in providing outstanding and rigorous academics, leadership development and career advancement opportunities for our MBAs."

Schools of law

Hannah Buxbaum

Hannah Buxbaum

The IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington ranked 25th overall, moving up one position from last year. It was eighth among law schools in public institutions. Its specialty in intellectual property law ranked 20th.

"The Maurer School of Law's ranking is a direct reflection of the commitment of its faculty, staff and alumni," said Hannah L. Buxbaum, interim dean and John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics. "It's a privilege to be recognized among the leading law schools in the country."

The IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis ranked 98th overall. Its specialties in healthcare law and legal writing both ranked 10th.

Schools of medicine

D. Craig Brater

D. Craig Brater

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U.S. News calculates two separate rankings for medical schools, one for the education of physicians who work in primary patient care and the other for research. The IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis ranked 37th in the primary care category and 48th in the research category.

"The IU School of Medicine consistently ranks well based on research funding success, with the school ranked 40th out of 138 receiving National Institutes of Health funding," said Dr. D. Craig Brater, dean and Walter J. Daly Professor at the school and IU vice president for university clinical affairs.

"The Association of American Medical Colleges also consistently ranks our school's primary care program in the fifth percentile in terms of the number of our graduates choosing that specialty and the number electing to practice in rural communities," Brater added. "The IU School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Hoosiers through clinical care, research and education."

Library and information science

Debora Shaw

Debora Shaw

The School of Library and Information Science at IU Bloomington ranked eighth overall. Its programs were ranked seventh for digital librarianship, eighth for information systems and 13th for school library media.

The rankings were based on a survey of deans, programs directors and senior faculty members at accredited master's degree programs.

"The information professions are changing rapidly, which increases the complexity in any ranking based on perceptions," said Debora Shaw, dean of the school. "In this context, it is encouraging that our peers recognize the high quality of scholarship and education in information and library science at IU. Our program, reaccredited by the American Library Association in 2012, continues to offer students excellent preparation for this dynamic field. The upcoming merger with the School of Informatics and Computing will further strengthen the opportunities for our students."

Humanities and social sciences

The Department of Sociology at IU Bloomington ranked 12th overall and sixth among public universities for its doctoral programs. The IU Bloomington program in social psychology ranked second.

Other doctoral programs in the College of Arts and Sciences were also highly ranked. They included: English, 22nd overall and 10th among public institutions; criminal justice, 22nd overall; history, 23rd overall and 10th among publics; political science, 25th overall and 12th among publics; psychology, 26th overall and 13th among publics; and economics, 42nd overall and 21st among publics.


U.S. News rankings in education, business, law and medicine are based on formulas that consider reputation surveys, selectivity, research funding and productivity, outcomes for graduates and other factors. Specialties in the schools are evaluated through surveys of deans, program directors and faculty.

Ratings of doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences are based on peer assessments by academics in each discipline.

U.S. News provides updated graduate program rankings every year for schools of business, law, education, medicine and engineering. Other programs are typically ranked once every four years.

Last year, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs graduate programs were ranked No. 2 in the country. U.S. News credited SPEA with having the best graduate programs in environmental policy and management and in nonprofit management and top-five programs in public management and administration and in public finance and budgeting.

In U.S. News' January 2013 rankings of online graduate programs, the IU School of Nursing at Indianapolis ranked 37th of about 100. The school ranked 15th overall when nursing programs were last ranked in 2011; its clinical nurse specialist program for the adult/medical-surgical specialty ranked third.