As if sticking to new year's resolutions, graduate schools slimmed down in a variety of ways in 2011 and early 2012. From slicing curricula in half to increasing online or blended programs, many universities are trimming weight, in part to fight concerns about rising tuition costs.
US News's 2013 rankings of Best Graduate Schools, released today, are a tool to help prospective graduate students better understand the graduate school landscape and to identify programs that would be good fits. The rankings highlight the top programs in business, law, medicine, engineering, and education, among other specialties.
Business: After dropping below Stanford University last year, Harvard University is now tied with Stanford at the top of the business school rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management fell from a third-place tie last year to a fourth-place tie this year with Northwestern'sKellogg School and University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Meanwhile, University of Notre Dame was among the most improved schools in the rankings, moving from a three-way tie for 37th into a five-way tie for 25th.