UMR is again one of the nation’s top graduate engineering schools, according to U.S. News and World Report‘s latest rankings of graduate schools. The rankings also list seven UMR programs as among the best in the country.
UMR improved its ranking by four positions from last year and now is ranked 67th among the nation’s best graduate engineering schools by U.S. News, available on newsstands April 4. UMR’s rankings are included in the U.S. News guidebook’s "premium" online edition at www.usnews.com.
Last year, the guidebook ranked UMR No. 71.
U.S. News‘s online rankings include seven UMR graduate engineering programs:
- Aerospace engineering, which is ranked 38th in the nation.
- Chemical engineering, ranked 61st.
- Civil engineering, ranked 43rd.
- Computer engineering, ranked 61st.
- Electrical engineering, ranked 64th.
- Materials engineering, ranked 41st.
- Mechanical engineering, ranked 49th.
"This is tremendous news for UMR," says Dr. Y.T. Shah, UMR’s provost. "These U.S. News rankings not only recognize UMR’s exceptional graduate engineering programs, but also show that we are gaining recognition for recent advances in sponsored research and expanded graduate program offerings."
UMR is gaining recognition for undergraduate engineering as well. Last fall, U.S. News listed UMR at No. 50 in its listing of the best undergraduate engineering schools.
Shah says that UMR’s recent success in improving undergraduate retention and graduation rates should improve the campus’s undergraduate ranking as well.
"Both undergraduate and graduate engineering programs rankings largely depend on our educational processes and academic reputation," Shah says. "UMR’s academic reputation is significantly increased through its increase in research funding and expansion of graduate programs."
UMR’s creation of online graduate programs in engineering management, systems engineering and mining engineering in recent years have also helped to improve the campus’s visibility, Shah says. UMR also offers graduate-level distance-education to the military at nearby Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.