Boston College Law School and the Carroll School of Management saw improvements this year in the “Best Graduate Schools” rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

BC Law rose two places in the rankings to 29th, tied with several schools including Emory University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.    

Among specialty rankings, the Law School improved to14th overall in tax law, and 24th in both environmental law and clinical training.

The Carroll School of Management’s full-time MBA program rose four places to 44th overall, tied with schools including Purdue and Rutgers universities. The part-time MBA program improved to 35th.

In the specialty rankings, the Finance program jumped to 13th overall among schools of business nationwide, while Information Systems ranked 18th, a new placement for BC.   

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development placed 21st in the 2022 rankings, the highest placement of any Jesuit or Catholic school of education in the United States. In addition, five Lynch School programs finished in the top 20: Student Counseling and Personnel Services (10th), Curriculum and Instruction (15th), Secondary Education (17th), Elementary Education (17th), and Higher Education (18th).

The Connell School of Nursing fell from its 2021 ranking of 27th to 48th, as industry shifts saw many nursing schools transition from master’s programs in nursing to doctor of nursing practice programs, which caused high volatility within this year’s rankings. The Connell School, however, was highly assessed by health care professionals in a new contribution to the rankings, reflecting its continued strong reputation in the field.

Also, the Connell School's Nursing Anesthesia program held its ranking at 22nd.

The BC School of Social Work retained its ranking of 10th overall in the U.S. News rankings for social work programs, which were not updated this year.

The U.S. News rankings follow the recent release of the 2021 QS World University Rankings, in which BC placed seventh worldwide in Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies in the prestigious international survey. The QS rankings recognize the academic reputation of the School of Theology and Ministry and the Theology Department in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.

Jack Dunn | University Communications | March 2021