Baylor Programs Ranked in U.S. News Grad School Survey

March 10, 2015

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WACO, Texas (March 10, 2015) – Baylor University graduate programs in law, business, health disciplines, the sciences and education were among those nationally ranked in the 2016 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The latest rankings are published online at and in the U.S. News’ “Best Graduate Schools 2016” guidebook.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are 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 data come from surveys of administrators at more than 1,350 programs and more than 13,500 academics and professionals, conducted during fall 2014.

Baylor Law School

Baylor Law School is ranked No. 56 overall in the magazine's "Top Schools" listing for 2016, tied with Georgia State University and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In the law specialties rankings, Baylor's trial advocacy program is ranked No. 3 in the nation.

The rankings of 198 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association are calculated on a weighted average of 12 measures of quality. The surveys were conducted in fall 2014. Specialty rankings are based solely on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions.

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business

Baylor's Hankamer School of Business moved up seven places to No. 58 among the top-rated master’s programs in business, tied with George Washington University and University of Alabama.

To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed 464 master's programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The surveys were conducted in fall 2014, and rankings are calculated on a weighted average of eight measures of quality.

The MBA in health care administration, a specialization in Baylor's MBA program in the Hankamer School of Business, moved up seven places to No. 17 in the U.S. News rankings of health care management programs. The program is a part of the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, which serves as the foundation for all health care-related initiatives in Baylor's business school.

Baylor’s School of Education

Baylor’s School of Education advanced to No. 83, up nine places from its last ranking in 2014. To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed graduate education programs at 357 schools granting doctoral degrees in fall 2014. The rankings are calculated on a weighted average of 10 measures of quality.

Baylor Health Disciplines

In the 2016 rankings, the Baylor-U.S. Army master's degree program in health care management moved up to No. 7 best in the country, tied with Johns Hopkins University and St. Louis University.

The master's degree program in nursing at Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas was ranked No. 72 in the country, along with Florida Atlantic University and Seton Hall University.

Although not newly ranked, several Baylor graduate programs in the health disciplines are highly rated by U.S. News.

The Baylor-U.S. Army master's degree program in physical therapy was ranked No. 5 in 2011, tied with the University of Iowa. Baylor-U.S. Army health programs are operated at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Baylor's master's degree program in social work was ranked 60th best in the nation in 2012.

The university's speech-language pathology program was ranked 79th in 2012.

Baylor Sciences

Although not newly ranked, several Baylor graduate programs in biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics are listed in this year’s U.S. News graduate school rankings:

Biological Sciences, No. 84
Chemistry, No. 96
Earth Sciences, No. 106
Mathematics, No. 134
Physics, No. 123
Statistics, No. 75

Rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences are based on the results of surveys sent to academics in the biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics during the fall of 2013.

The universe of schools surveyed in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics consisted of schools that awarded at least five doctoral degrees for the years from 2006 through 2010, according to the National Science Foundation report “Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards.”

The American Statistical Association provided U.S. News with eligible programs for statistics. In biological sciences, graduate programs may be offered in a university's medical school or its college of arts and sciences. In statistics, graduate programs may be offered through a biostatistics or statistics department.

Baylor Social Sciences and Humanities

Several Baylor graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities were ranked in 2013 and are included in this year's U.S. News rankings.

Sociology, No. 84
Psychology, No. 101
English, No. 121

U.S. News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" report began in 1990.

For more information about Best Graduate Schools, visit To learn more about the methodology and data research, visit


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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