U.S. News ranks Iowa State’s graduate programs; ag and biosystems engineering is No. 6

Stover harvest

Researchers with Iowa State University's program in agricultural and biosystems engineering are studying how corn stover can be harvested for biofuel production. Larger photo. Photo courtesy of Iowa State's Bioeconomy Institute.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s graduate program in agricultural and biosystems engineering continues to rank among the country’s top programs, according to rankings released March 12 by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Magazine editors say they analyzed more than 1,200 graduate programs to come up with this year’s rankings. You can find the “Best Grad School” rankings online.

Every year the magazine publishes new rankings for some disciplines and republishes older rankings for others. Here’s where Iowa State programs appeared on both lists:

New rankings

Schools of Engineering: 43rd overall (24th among publics)

  • Sixth in Biological/Agricultural Engineering (fifth among public universities)
  • 26th in Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering (17th among publics)
  • 29th in Chemical Engineering (17th among publics)
  • 31st in Materials Engineering (21st among publics)
  • 31st in Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering (24th among publics)
  • 32nd in Civil Engineering (20th among publics)
  • 36th in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering (21st among publics)
  • 41st in Computer Engineering (25th among publics)
  • 44th in Mechanical Engineering (24th among publics)
  • 48th in Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (30th among publics)

Schools of Business: 70th overall (39th among publics)

Schools of Education: 103rd overall (75th among publics)

Economics: 55th overall (30th among publics)

Psychology: 78th overall (49th among publics)

Sociology: 74th overall (51st among publics)

History: 110th overall (63rd among publics)

English: 106th overall (67th among publics)

Part-time MBA: 166th overall (105th among publics)


Older rankings

  • Analytical Chemistry (ranked in 2010): 14th overall (14th among publics)
  • Veterinary Medicine (ranked in 2011): 17th overall (12th among publics)
  • Statistics (ranked in 2010): 20th overall (10th among publics)
  • Chemistry (ranked in 2010): 38th overall (23rd among publics)
  • Physics (ranked in 2010): 48th overall (29th among publics)
  • Computer Science (ranked in 2010): 63rd overall (37th among publics)
  • Math (ranked in 2010): 68th overall (40th among publics)
  • Biological Sciences (ranked in 2010): 82nd overall (47th among publics)
  • Earth Sciences (ranked in 2010): 89th overall (60th among publics)