Annual graduate school rankings released by U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. News & World Report annual graduate school rankings were released last week. The School of Medicine and School of Nursing continue to place several specialized areas in the top 20. Schools and programs not listed were not included in this year’s rankings.


The Katz Graduate School of Business jumped almost 10 spots from 52 in 2018 to 43 this year. Its part-time MBA program ranked 48th, up from 56 last year.


The Swanson School of Engineering ranked 47th for the second year in a row in Best Engineering Schools. When compared just with public colleges, Pitt engineering ranked 26th.

The individual departments ranked as follows this year:

  • Biomedical: 18

  • Chemical: 32

  • Civil: 56

  • Computer: 45

  • Electrical: 55

  • Environmental: 58

  • Industrial: 18

  • Material Science: 54

  • Mechanical: 47


The Pitt School of Law ranked 77th in Best Law Schools, down from 74 last year. In the peer-reviewed numbers, which account for 25 percent of the ranking, Pitt was 57th this year, according to a report by Paul L. Caron, dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law.

The Tax Law program came in at No. 25 for the first time. Other specialties that ranked in the top 50 include:

  • Health care law: 27 (20 in 2018)

  • International law: 45 (27)


The Pitt School of Medicine remained at 14th for Primary Care and moved up one spot to 13th for Research.

Specialized areas that made the top 20:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: 8 (6 in 2018)

  • Psychiatry: 8 (9)

  • Pediatrics: 10 (7)

  • Surgery: 11 (10)

  • Health Care Management: 17 (29)

  • Internal medicine: 19 (no rank available for 2018)


The Pitt School of Nursing ranked 9th for Doctor of Nursing Practice, down from 5th last year and 12th for its master’s program (7th in 2018).

Specialty areas:

  • Nursing-Anesthesia: 4 (4 in 2018)

  • Clinical Nurse Leader: 7 (4)

  • Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric, Primary Care: 7 (6)

  • Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Across the Lifespan: 7 (12)

  • Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care: 9 (7)

  • Nursing Administration: 10 (10)

Public Affairs

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs ranked 35th in Best Public Affairs Programs. Other rankings included 10th in International Global Policy and Administration and 29th in Public Management and Leadership.

Other master’s programs

  • Public Health: 13

  • Social Work: 17

  • Education: 35

  • Rehabilitation Counseling in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: 20