U.S. News Kicks Off Graduate School Rankings Data Collection

Graduate schools have until Nov. 15 to complete the online statistical surveys.

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Data collection for the 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings began October 8.
Data collection for the 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings began October 8.

The data collection for the 2015 edition of the Best Graduate Schools rankings, which will be published in late winter or early spring 2014, began earlier this month. Graduate schools have until Nov. 15 to complete the online statistical surveys for business, law, engineering, medicine and education programs, which opened on Oct. 8.

Representatives of graduate schools that did not receive the data collection survey email should contact Diane Tolis, U.S. News data collection manager, at dtolis@usnews.com

Graduate school representatives should contact Robert Morse, U.S. News director of data research, at rmorse@usnews.com with any questions about the rankings or their methodologies. 

U.S. News is also working with Ipsos Public Affairs, a Chicago-based market research firm, to administer the new grad school peer assessment reputation surveys. These peer surveys, which are currently being distributed, will be in the field for about eight weeks. Those who do not respond the first time will receive a second mailing.

New this year, U.S. News is conducting peer-assessment-only rankings for Ph.D. programs in the sciences, last updated in 2010, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics. 

There will also be new rankings published for the largest graduate school disciplines: business, education, engineering, law and medicine. U.S. News will continue to survey both academics and professionals in those fields for their expert opinions about a program's quality, which will be combined with the statistical data we collect from each school for the rankings. 

New, separate peer surveys will again be conducted for the law school rankings for programs in clinical training, dispute resolution, environmental law, health care law, intellectual property law, international law, legal writing, tax law and trial advocacy. 

Separate surveys for both part-time MBA and part-time law programs will be distributed for the fifth year in a row. 

The 2015 rankings of engineering programs will again include new engineering specialty peer assessment-only rankings in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering; biological and agricultural engineering; bioengineering and biomedical engineering; chemical engineering; civil engineering; computer engineering; electrical, electronic and communications engineering; environmental and environmental health engineering; industrial and manufacturing engineering; materials engineering; mechanical engineering; and nuclear engineering. 

The American Society for Engineering Education provides assessments by department heads in each of these specialty areas for these engineering rankings.