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2019 U.S. News and World Reports Ranks Five MSU Grad Programs No. 1

Erickson Hall is home to the College of Education, which has a new No. 1 graduate program for 2019. Photo by Derrick L. Turner

Five Michigan State University graduate programs have been ranked No. 1 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools release.

Once again, the College of Education’s elementary and secondary education programs took the top spots in their categories, which they have done for 24 consecutive years. For the first time this year, the college’s higher education administration program has secured the top ranking in that category.

“These top rankings reflect the insightful and influential contributions of our faculty and alumni, whose work touches all levels of education,” said Robert Floden, dean of the College of Education. “They are at the forefront of research, policy, and practice, providing instruction and mentoring to the next generation of education leaders.”

MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program, bolstered by its close association with the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), also maintained the No. 1 ranking in its category. MSU surpassed MIT for the top spot in 2010 and has held its position ever since.

“The continuing leadership of the MSU nuclear physics program is driven by a combination of the excellence of the faculty, staff and students of NSCL and FRIB and strong support from the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy,” said Phil Duxbury, Department of Physics and Astronomy chair. “The future looks very bright with growing expertise in fundamental nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics and accelerator physics, and with new collaborations in other areas of science and technology at MSU and across the nation.”

Also ranked as the top national program in its category is the Eli Broad College of Business supply chain management program.

“Our program’s top honors are driven by our renowned faculty and by the recognition that Broad continues to provide leading-edge curriculum that tackles the toughest supply chain problems,” said Sanjay Gupta, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Broad College. “We pioneered the integrated ‘end-to-end’ approach to supply chain solutions, and today are addressing the complex challenges posed by the digitization of businesses. Employers recognize our program continues to evolve with the times, which is why they consistently look to the Broad College for well-prepared students to join—and thrive—in the workforce.”

Three other MSU programs continue to be ranked No. 1 in their categories, though those categories were not updated for the 2019 U.S. News and World Reports release – African history, industrial/organizational psychology, and rehabilitation counseling – bringing MSU’s current total of top-ranked graduate programs to eight.

Complete rankings, along with U.S. News & World Report’s ranking methodology, can be found on the publication’s website.

  • Banner photo above: Erickson Hall is home to the College of Education, which has a new No. 1 graduate program for 2019. Photo by Derrick L. Turner
  • excerpted from Caroline Brooks via MSU Today

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