Grad programs rank among best in nation

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UC Santa Cruz graduate programs in literature, engineering, and education ranked among the nation’s best in a new survey by U.S. News and World Report.

The media company’s “Best Graduate Schools 2018” guide evaluated graduate schools for business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing, as well as social sciences and humanities. Each area was then broken down into specialties.

UC graduate schools were found in nearly all of the rankings, which were released today. At UC Santa Cruz, the Literature Department received the highest ranking, landing 35th among graduate programs. The Baskin School of Engineering was 85th among engineering schools while the UCSC Education Department was 101st in the education ranking.

The “Best Graduate Schools rankings” were based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research output, and student achievement. The data came from statistical surveys sent to administrators at more than 1,970 graduate programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 16,500 academics and professionals in the disciplines.

Graduate programs in the sciences were last ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2014. In those rankings, UC Santa Cruz was 16th in Earth sciences, 39th in physics and 55th in biological sciences.