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Pitt graduate programs rise in U.S. News and World Report rankings

  • University News
  • Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Medicine
  • Swanson School of Engineering

Graduate programs at the University of Pittsburgh placed highly in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings, including jumps for business, engineering and health sciences programs.

One of Pitt’s most striking increases came from the School of Medicine, which shot from No. 34 to being tied for 10th nationally in the category of primary care. Another program rising in the rankings was the Joseph M. Katz School of Business Part-Time MBA program, designed for working professionals, which improved five spots to a rank of No. 34.

The Swanson School of Engineering also placed in the top 50 for several specialty areas: biomedical engineering (No. 18), industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering (No. 21), chemical engineering (No. 34) and computer engineering (No. 47). In the School of Law, tax law (No. 28), health care law (No. 38), international law (No. 42) and property law (No. 45) all ranked in the top 50 as well.

The School of Education’s overall ranking jumped two places to No. 32, and the school also went from being unranked in the category of educational psychology to reaching No. 17.

Pitt programs in the health sciences remained strong, maintaining a rank of 15th in the category of public health, as well as ranking seventh in psychiatry, 10th in surgery and fifth in the category of Doctor of Nursing Practice in administration and management.

Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs claimed the No. 8 spot in international/global policy and administration, and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences saw rankings rise in three specialties: earth science (No. 62), mathematics (No. 53) and statistics (No. 35).

U.S. News and World Report rankings are compiled by surveying experts and gathering data about the quality of schools’ program offerings. Although it updates rankings annually, not all categories are updated each year.


— Patrick Monahan