Duke Professional Schools Receive Top Rankings

Nursing, medicine, law, business and engineering all receive high marks in U.S. News report.

Duke University’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Law, Fuqua School of Business and Pratt School of Engineering all rate among the country’s leading institutions in their fields, according to new U.S. News & World Report graduate and professional school rankings. 

Programs within the schools also received high marks, including the physician assistant program, which ranked first in the country, and two School of Nursing specialties that each ranked second in the nation. 

The School of Nursing ranked sixth overall, tying with three other schools. The nursing school ranked seventh the last time nursing schools were rated, in 2011.

The School of Law ranked eighth nationally, up from 10th last year. The School of Medicine ranked eighth for research, as it did last year. The Fuqua School of Business tied with Yale University for 13th, up from 14th last year. And the Pratt School of Engineering ranked 28th,up from 29th last year. 

No new ratings were issued for public policy schools, which were last ranked in 2012.

Several programs within the schools also received top marks. The School of Nursing’s nurse practitioner programs in acute care gerontology and in pediatric primary care both ranked second, and its nurse anesthesia program ranked third. The informatics specialty tied for third. This is the first year the magazine has ranked nursing specialty programs.

Several Duke School of Medicine programs were deemed top 10 programs: Family medicine ranked third; internal medicine, fourth; geriatrics, sixth; and women’s health, ninth.

The Pratt School of Engineering’s biomedical engineering program tied for fourth with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Among business schools, Duke ranked fourth for executive MBA programs, fifth for marketing and ninth for management. Fuqua’s international MBA programs ranked 11th.

Duke Law School ranked sixth in the country for environmental law, 10th for international law and 11th for intellectual property law. 

The U.S. News rankings are based on a combination of statistical data and expert assessment surveys.

The magazine issues annual rankings for law, business, engineering and medical schools. Other rankings are issued less frequently, including those for humanities and social sciences graduate programs. The latest rankings can be found online at usnews.com/grad.