Stony Brook is home to 16 of the highest-ranked programs in graduate education in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 America’s Best Graduate Schools. The annual rankings focus on programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine, and reflect data from surveys of more than 1,500 schools and more than 12,000 graduate programs.
Designated among the top-ten programs were the fourth-ranked nuclear physics program, the sixth-ranked geometry program, and the ninth-ranked clinical psychology program.
The University’s graduate program in topology was ranked 12th; the graduate program in physics ranked 23rd, the graduate program in mathematics ranked 24th, Earth science ranked 34th, materials science was ranked 37th, the computer science graduate program was ranked 44th, and the graduate program in chemistry ranked 49th.
In addition, the following programs remain in the Top 50, having been previously ranked by US News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools: physician assistant ranked 11th, nursing-midwifery ranked 29th, political science ranked 33rd, sociology ranked 41st, psychology ranked 5oth, and subspecialty American politics ranked 20th.
“Stony Brook has long been known for its world-class graduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, and it is good to see this recognition spreading to other areas of excellence in the social sciences,” said Graduate School Dean and Associate Provost Lawrence B. Martin. “The quality of programs in mathematics and physics is a testament to the long commitment to excellence in these areas and our relationship to Brookhaven National Lab. Stony Brook’s strengths in geometry and physics will be further enhanced with the opening of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics later this year.”