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

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.

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 medicine

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 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.”

Schools of education

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 in higher education administration ranked ninth and its elementary education program ranked 11th. The school’s online Ed.D. master’s and professional certification programs were 14th in rankings that U.S. News released in January.

Schools of business

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 and 13th in accounting. Its Kelley Direct online MBA program ranked third.

Schools of law

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. The IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis ranked 98th overall.

Library sciences

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

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; 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.

For more information on IU’s rankings, see the IU News Room.