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UCR programs achieve high marks in U.S. News grad school rankings

April 28, 2023
Author: J.D. Warren
April 28, 2023

U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 ranking of graduate programs in the U.S. includes high placements for several UC Riverside programs.

UCR’s graduate Earth Sciences program in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, ranked No. 39 out of 156 universities, ahead of standout universities including Dartmouth, Purdue, and UNC Chapel Hill. 

Several other CNAS graduate programs also ranked well, including the physics program, tied for No. 55 among 186 U.S. universities ranked; statistics, tied for No. 44; chemistry, tied for No. 74 among 206; and math, tied for No. 66 among 185.

The School of Public Policy’s graduate program, included by U.S. News in its public affairs category, tied for No. 85 out of 269, representing an increase of 17 positions from this past year. 

The UC Riverside School of Education was ranked No. 80 of 272 universities in the U.S.; the school was No. 89 in this past year’s rankings. In its education category this year, U.S. News placed greater emphasis on research activity and resources for faculty, and less on peer assessment and selectivity. 

Other ranked graduate programs at UCR included the Bourns School of Engineering, No. 90; with biomedical engineering No. 79. Bourns’ computer science graduate program finished tied for No. 57 in the nation. Its chemical engineering program was No. 55; computer engineering, No. 47; electrical, No. 66; environmental, No. 59 — up from No. 64 this past year; material, No. 67, and mechanical No. 90.

The School of Business ranked No. 110; its part-time MBA program tied for No. 76. The business rankings were revised to place less scoring emphasis on peer assessment and more on employment placement success. 

U.S. News announced two weeks ago that it would delay the release of its medical school rankings this year.