Durham, N.C. - Duke University's School of Medicine, School of Law and Fuqua School of Business all rank among the top dozen institutions in their disciplines, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best graduate and professional schools in the country.
The medical school ranked sixth for research and tied for sixth in primary care. The law school ranked as 11th, and the business school tied for 11th place. In rankings of doctoral programs, Duke is tied for 12th for doctoral programs in the sciences, ranked fifth in ecology and evolutionary biology, tied for 21st in mathematics, tied for 25th in computer science, tied for 29th in physics and ranked 38th for chemistry. The Pratt School of Engineering was ranked 30th, and the biomedical engineering program ranked fifth in the nation.
Provost Peter Lange, the university's top academic officer, said while Duke is proud of how it compares to other institutions, students should consider other factors when deciding on a graduate or professional program.
"We are pleased that the latest U.S. News & World Report has, once again, acknowledged the high quality of the programs we offer," he said. "But predetermined methodology shapes and limits magazine ratings, and students should look at many more variables before choosing a graduate or professional program."
Among medical specialties, Duke was acknowledged in geriatrics (fourth), internal medicine (fourth), AIDS (seventh), family medicine (eighth) and women's health (10th).
Within the law school, Duke was ranked seventh for intellectual property law and eighth in environmental law. It was also included in a list of "the most diverse schools" of law. Duke's executive MBA program ranked fourth in the country in its category. Fuqua also was cited for its programs in marketing (third), international business (eighth), management (ninth) and nonprofit (ninth).
According to U.S. News, the magazine's methodology is generally based on a weighted average of indicators that include a "quality assessment" and statistical analyses of factors, such as student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity and placement success. U.S. News surveyed deans, department heads or other groups of people from programs in each cohort.