Graduate Programs Do Well in New US News Ranking

Graduate Programs Do Well in New US News Ranking

Boston College graduate and professional schools continue to rate among the nation's best, according to recent rankings by US News & World Report magazine.

The Boston College Law School and the Lynch School of Education are listed among the nation's top 25 graduate programs in their disciplines, while the School of Nursing is 32nd. The Carroll Graduate School of Management's MBA Program placed 41, just a point shy of placing among the top 35.

US News released the results on March 30 in advance of its "Best Graduate Schools for 2002" guide. Rankings were determined by averaging such measures as reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, and post-graduate placement success.

"While they should not be the only measure of our success, we are very pleased with the direction that we have seen in the rankings," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser.

"These rankings are a reasonably objective standard and we hope to keep improving," he said.

The Law School continued its upward climb to finish in 22nd place in the ranking of 174 law schools nationwide. Law School Dean John H. Garvey said the survey is an important source of information by which those outside of Boston College can measure the Law School, but it is not a full accounting.

"Should we pay attention to this? Of course we should, but we have to be careful about the conclusions we draw.

"Surveys like US News & World Report's do not measure what schools are like on the inside - the values that underlie who we are, the quality of the education we offer, the experience our students enjoy, the services our library provides, how our alumni relate to the school," said Garvey.

The Lynch School of Education tied with the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland at College Park for 22nd place in rankings of 187 graduate education programs.

"These rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt," said LSOE Dean Mary Brabeck, who noted that Boston College is the sole Catholic institution listed among the top 25 graduate education programs. "But it's nice to see continued upward progress."

"The rankings reaffirm the strengths of our graduate program," said CSOM Dean Helen Frame Peters. "We are on a trajectory to take it to the next level."

The full rankings for graduate schools are available online at

-Office of Public Affairs staff


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