Duke University's graduate and professional schools continue to rank among the top institutions in their disciplines, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
In the newest rankings, which were released Tuesday, the law school remained 11th; the Fuqua School of Business moved up one spot to 11th; Duke's medical school was tied for eighth for research, up from ninth last year; and the Pratt School of Engineering remained ranked at 28th.
The magazine also ranked Ph.D. programs in the social sciences and humanities for the first time in several years. Duke programs that were ranked included English (tied for 10th); political science (tied for 10th); history (tied for 14th); sociology (tied for 14th); economics (tied for 19th) and psychology (tied for 21st).
The magazine also ranked a number of specialty programs within the various disciplines. Among the best medical specialty programs, Duke was recognized in geriatrics (fourth), internal medicine (fifth), AIDS (sixth), women's health (eighth) and family medicine (eighth). It tied for 44th in primary care, up 13 spots from last year.
Within the business school ratings, Duke was ranked fourth in marketing, tied for fourth for executive MBA programs, 10th in management, 10th in international and tied for 12th in finance.
Within engineering, Duke was ranked fourth for biomedical engineering; within law, Duke tied for 10th in environmental law and tied for 10th in international law.
In the social sciences and humanities, specialty programs within English that were recognized included literary criticism and theory (first); gender and literature (second) and African-American literature (fourth).
Within history, African-American history was ranked second and Latin American history was fourth.
Within political science, American politics was seventh; political theory was seventh and comparative politics was ninth.
And within psychology, behavioral neuroscience was ranked sixth.
In addition, the magazine republished older rankings for numerous other doctoral programs and health fields, including nursing, public policy and the sciences.
According to U.S. News, the magazine's methodology is based on two types of data: "expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students." The magazine said its data came from surveys of "more than 1,250 programs and over 13,000 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2012 and early 2013."