Several grad programs deemed 'tops' for 2018 by US News & World Report

Published: March 14, 2017 By

Gunnar Paulsen (‘18) working with farmers on the Acequia Project in the San Luis Valley

Student Gunnar Paulsen works with farmers on the environmental law Acequia Project at San Luis Valley in Colorado.

 

CU Boulder graduate rankings

New in 2017

  • Best Business Schools #79
    • Part-time MBA #46
  • Best Education Schools #29
    • Curriculum and Instruction #16
    • Education Policy #16
  • Best Engineering Schools #32
    • Aerospace Engineering Sciences #10
    • Chemical Engineering #18
    • Civil Engineering #21
    • Computer Engineering #32
    • Electrical/Electric/Communications Engineering #36
    • Environmental Engineering #9
    • Materials Engineering #46
    • Mechanical Engineering #36
  • Best Law Schools #36
    • Environmental Law #6
  • Economics #50
  • English #35
  • History #38
  • Political Science #40
  • Psychology #26
  • Sociology #42

2016

  • Audiology #17
  • Ceramics #5
  • Clinical Psychology #16
  • Fine Arts #59
  • Speech-Language Pathology #24

2014

  • Biological Sciences #30
  • Chemistry #24
    • Physical Chemistry #9
  • Computer Science #40
  • Earth Sciences #23
  • Geology #9
  • Math #46
  • Physics #18
  • Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics #1
  • Quantum Physics #8

For its graduate-level programs, CU Boulder has landed sixth place nationally in environmental law, ninth place in environmental engineering and 10th place for its Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences program, according to new rankings issued today by U.S. News and World Report.

Among the 2018 data, which includes previous rankings, CU Boulder maintains the No. 1 spot nationally in atomic/molecular/optical physics—a standing issued in 2014—and the No. 5 spot in ceramics (2016).

"It’s encouraging to land top spots nationally year after year for our outstanding graduate offerings in rankings like this one," said Ann Schmiesing, dean of CU Boulder’s Graduate School and vice provost for graduate affairs. "The recognition is another testament to the robust, high-quality and impactful teaching, research and creative work of our incredible faculty and students."

Numerous other CU Boulder schools, colleges, departments and programs hold places in the national rankings within their fields: clinical psychology (16), audiology (17), physics (18), earth sciences (23), chemistry (24), speech language pathology (24), psychology (26), School of Education (29), biological sciences (30), College of Engineering and Applied Science (32), English (35), Law School (36), computer science (40), political science (40), Leeds School of Business (46 for part-time MBA schools), mathematics (46) and economics (50).

Not all disciplines are ranked by the publication.

Among the largest spikes in rankings, the Leeds School of Business jumped up 13 spots, going from No. 59 last year to No. 46 in this year's 2018 edition for its part-time and evening MBA program.

Also, CU Boulder's environmental engineering program, based in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, went up from No. 21 last year to No. 9 this year in the 2018 edition.

U.S. News & World Report issues undergraduate rankings each fall. Visit the website to see the full list of CU Boulder's graduate-level rankings.