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UMD Graduate School Programs Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News & World Report

March 16, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. --The University of Maryland’s graduate programs were once again highly ranked in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. This year’s list features rankings across six disciplines— business, law, engineering, education, medicine, and nursing. In total, 62 UMD graduate programs and specializations were among the top programs in the nation.

Three UMD graduate programs and specializations rank among the top three in the U.S.: Student Counseling and Personnel Services ranks first, African-American History ranks second, and Plasma ranks third. 

UMD also ranked in the top 10 in the following categories:


  • Information Systems (9th)


  • Educational Psychology (tied at 5th)
  • Higher Education Administration (10th)

Earth Sciences

  • Geochemistry (tied at 7th)

Library and Information Studies (8th)

  • Archives and Preservation (5th)
  • Information Systems (5th)
  • Services for Children and Youth (5th)
  • School Library Media (tied at 5th)
  • Digital Librarianship (tied at 8th)


  • Applied Math ( tied 10th)


  • Atomic/Molecular/Optical (tied at 6th)
  • Quantum (tied at 8th)
  • Condensed Matter (10th)

The U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings are based on factors, such as employment rates and starting salaries for graduates and standardized test scores of newly enrolled students.                                                                                                                                

For a full list of UMD’s top 25 graduate programs, click here. To view U.S. News and World Report’s complete  list of Best Graduate School rankings,  click here.