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Ohio State graduate programs earn top marks from U.S. News & World Report

Rankings highlight the depth and breadth of graduate education

Several of The Ohio State University’s graduate and professional programs are ranked in the top 10 in their fields in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2023 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

Seven colleges have top-10 graduate and professional programs in the latest rankings: the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business (Fisher), Education and Human Ecology, Engineering, Law (Moritz), Nursing and Public Affairs (John Glenn). U.S. News’ rankings of graduate and professional programs cover just a small portion of the programs offered at Ohio State, and not all programs are ranked each year.

“The excellence of our graduate and professional programs reflects the university’s commitment to the student academic experience,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa Gilliam. “The dedication of Ohio State’s students, faculty and staff enables these programs to thrive, attracting and preparing students to be leaders who will serve our local, state, national and global communities.”

Ohio State enrolls more than 14,000 graduate and professional students in 102 doctoral and 127 master's programs.

Ranked No. 1 in the nation, law: dispute resolution is Ohio State’s most highly ranked specialty. Additional specialty rankings in the top 10 include:

  • Education: student counseling and personnel services; curriculum and instruction; educational administration and supervision; elementary teacher education; secondary teacher education; and higher education administration
  • Nursing: administration/management
  • Law: dispute resolution
  • Engineering: biological/agricultural
  • Business: production/operations and supply chain/logistics
  • Public Affairs: public management and leadership
  • Chemistry: analytical
  • Earth Sciences: environmental sciences
  • Psychology: social psychology

Below are some highlights from U.S. News’ 2023 rankings of Ohio State graduate programs, by college.

The College of Arts and Sciences has five of its science and social sciences programs ranked in the top 30 this year — chemistry (25), Earth sciences (28), physics (23), statistics (24) and psychology (30). Within chemistry and physics, numerous specialty areas received high rankings, including analytical chemistry (6), condensed matter physics (20), cosmology/relativity/gravity (13) and elementary particles/fields/string theory (15). In the area of mathematics, computer science and statistics, the following specialty areas were ranked: artificial intelligence (24), systems (19), applied math (18) and biostatistics (21). Earth sciences received rankings in environmental sciences (10), geochemistry (21) and geology (15). Finally, the social psychology specialty is ranked 7th in the nation.

The College of Education and Human Ecology is ranked 27th out of 274 graduate education programs nationwide, putting it in the top 9.9% of similar programs. In one year, the college doubled its number of specialty programs recognized as being among the top 10 such programs in the nation, from three in the 2022 rankings to six for 2023. The six programs that stand out within their disciplines are: curriculum and instruction (5), elementary teacher education (9), secondary teacher education (10), student counseling and personnel services (4), educational administration and supervision (6) and higher education administration (6).

The College of Engineering’s graduate program is ranked first in Ohio and 16th among all public universities. Several departments within the college also placed among the top programs in the nation. The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, also part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, ranked 10th among its peers within American universities. Nine other engineering specialties also ranked in the top 30: materials (14); nuclear (14); industrial/manufacturing (16); aerospace/aeronautical (22); computer (23); electrical (25); mechanical (26); chemical (27) and civil (30). Overall, 214 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed. Ohio State Engineering is ranked 30th overall.

Fisher College of Business is home to the highly ranked Working Professional MBA Program, which continues its recognition as a top-15 program nationally. Many of Fisher’s business specializations also continue to be highly ranked.

Moritz College of Law ranked 30th overall out of 192 accredited law schools and 12th nationally among all public law schools, increasing its ranking by 10 spots over the 2022 rankings. The specialty program in dispute resolution is ranked 1st in the nation and five other programs rank in the top 30 nationally: criminal law (12), health law (17), constitutional law (21), legal writing (21) and contracts/commercial law (27).

The College of Medicine ranked 30th for Best Medical School – Research, jumping up three spots over last year, becoming the 11th highest ranked public school. It ranked 32nd for Best Medical School – Primary Care and continues to be the best primary care school in Ohio. It is one of the most diverse medical schools in the country, ranking 14th. Specialty programs in pediatrics ranked 14th and family medicine ranked 18th. This recognizes the College of Medicine as a highly diverse, top-tier research and primary care institution.

The College of Nursing’s campus-based Master of Science degree program ranked 7th (second among public institutions), and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) ranked 11th (5th among public institutions). This is the fourth consecutive year for the master’s to rank in the nation’s top 10 and the DNP to rank in the nation’s top 20. U.S. News & World Report previously ranked the college’s online master’s (1) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (10) – as well as Ohio State’s online bachelor’s offerings, including the RN to BSN program (7) – among the premier programs of their kind in the country.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is ranked 20th in the country among 270 ranked schools, placing it among the top 10% of public affairs graduate professional degree programs. Four specialty areas improved rankings over last year: public management and leadership (8), nonprofit management (12), local government management (15), social policy (21) and public finance and budgeting (20), the latter rising 11 slots. The Glenn College also is ranked in four other specialty areas: public management and leadership (8), environmental policy (13), urban policy (18) and public policy analysis (19). The new ranking places the Glenn College as the only Ohio school in the top 60.

The College of Public Health is ranked first in Ohio and 19th in the nation among 190 public health schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The college’s specialty program in health care management — the Master of Health Administration — was also ranked 1st in the state and 7th overall in the most recent analysis of those programs. The college previously ranked 24th in the nation.

The College of Social Work advanced two spots to 11th out of 303 programs nationally, ranking in the top 4% of all programs. It also ranked 7th among all public programs in the United States and 2nd among the 10 programs in the Big Ten. The accredited graduate program is deemed one of the most flexible in the country.

A number of Ohio State programs earned high marks in previous years, and the magazine reprints rankings from previous years in some fields.

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