Duke University's graduate and professional schools continue to be ranked among the top institutions in their respective disciplines, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
In the newest rankings, which were released Tuesday, Duke Law School tied for 10th, up one spot from a year ago; Duke's medical school remained tied for eighth for research; the Fuqua School of Business was ranked 14th, down from 11th a year ago; and the Pratt School of Engineering was tied for 29th, down from 28th a year ago.
The magazine also ranked Ph.D. programs in the sciences for the first time in several years. Duke programs that were ranked included statistics (tied for 10th); biological science (tied for 11th); mathematics (tied for 17th); computer science (tied for 25th); and physics (tied for 29th)).
The magazine also ranked a number of specialty programs within the various disciplines. Among the best medical specialty programs, Duke was recognized in geriatrics (third); internal medicine (fourth); AIDS (tied for eighth); and family medicine (tied for ninth). Duke tied for 40th in primary care, up four spots from last year.
Within the business school ratings, Duke was ranked fourth for executive MBA programs; seventh in marketing; 10th in international; 11th in management; and 13th in finance.
Within engineering, Duke was tied for fifth for biomedical engineering; within law, Duke was 10th in international law and tied for 11th in environmental law.
And within physics, nuclear physics tied for sixth.
In addition, the magazine republished older rankings for numerous other doctoral programs and health fields, including nursing, public policy, and the social sciences and humanities.
According to U.S. News, the magazine's methodology for everything but the new science rankings 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 1,350 programs and more than 13,500 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2013 and early 2014. The new science rankings are based on surveys only.
Additional information about the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available at www.usnews.com/.