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Rankings

US News & World Report America's Best Colleges, (2022)

National Rank: 83     Among Public Universities: 33

Global Rankings Summary

US News & World Report Best Global Universities, (2021)

MSU Overall Rank: 100     Among U.S. Universities: 45

 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (London), (2022)

MSU Overall Rank: 93     Among U.S. Universities: 35

 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (London), (2022)

MSU Overall Rank: 157     Among U.S. Universities: 37

 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai), (2021)

MSU Overall Rank: 101-150     Among U.S. Universities: 41-56

 

MSU Top-Ranked Programs 

Domestic Rankings (US News & World Report)

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  • Programs Ranked #1
  • Curriculum and Instruction (graduate)
  • Educational Administration (graduate)
  • Elementary Teacher Education (graduate)
  • Secondary Teacher Education (graduate)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (graduate)
  • Nuclear Physics (graduate)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling (graduate)
  • Supply Chain Management (undergrad)
  • Supply Chain/Logistics (graduate)


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  • Programs Ranked #2 - #10
  • Online Curriculum and Instruction (graduate) (#2)
  • Online Educational Administration (graduate) (#2)
  • Online Graduate Education for Veterans (#2)
  • African History (graduate) (#3)
  • Online Graduate Criminal Justice for Veterans (#3)
  • Higher Education Administration (graduate) (#4)
  • Online Graduate Education (#4)
  • Production/Operations (undergrad) (#5)
  • Biological/Agricultural Engineering (undergrad) (#6)
  • Educational Psychology (graduate) (#5)
  • Online Graduate Criminal Justice (#5)
  • Online Educational/Instructional Media (graduate) (#7)
  • Production/Operations (graduate) (#7)
  • Education Policy (graduate) (#8)
  • Criminal Justice (graduate) (#9)


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  • Programs Ranked #11 - #25
  • Econometrics (graduate) (#11)
  • Online Graduate Business for Veterans (#11)
  • Special Education (graduate) (#12)
  • Management (undergraduate) (#13)
  • African American History (graduate) (#17)
  • Veterinary Medicine (graduate) (#17)
  • Management Information Systems (undergraduate) (#19)
  • International Business (undergraduate) (#20)
  • Accounting (undergraduate) (#21)
  • Online Graduate Business (excludes MBA) (#21)
    • Undergraduate Business (#23)
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 Global Rankings

Education (#2) (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities)

Communication (#3) (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities)

Environmental Science and Engineering (#5) (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities)

Plant and Animal Science (#7) (US News & World Report Best Global Universities)

Agriculture and Forestry (#10) (Quacquarelli Symonds)

Agricultural Sciences (#11) (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities)

Veterinary Science (#11) (Quacquarelli Symonds)

Education (#12) (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)

Communication and Media Studies (#14) (Quacquarelli Symonds)

Business Administration (#16) (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities)

Management (#18) (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities)

Education (#19) (Quacquarelli Symonds)

Agricultural Sciences (#22) (US News & World Report Best Global Universities)


 

Michigan State University's position among popular rankings appears below, by edition of the source in which the ranking was published.  This site is updated as the latest version of each ranking is released.

Undergraduate Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

US News & World Report America's Best Colleges
2020 2021 2022
National Universities 84 80 83
  Top Public Universities 34 32 33
 
Best Undergraduate Business Programs 22 24 23
  Supply Chain Management 1 1 1
  Production/Operations Management 9 9 5
  Management 16 17 13
  Management Information Systems 17 21 19
  International Business 29 22 20
  Accounting 22 19 21
  Business Analytics 24
  Finance 49 35
  Marketing 26 36 35
 
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs 49 48 45
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 9 5 6
  Electrical N/R 29 30
  Mechanical N/R 28 36
  Civil N/R 31
Best Undergraduate Nursing 43
Best Undergraduare Computer Science 52 60
Most Innovative Schools 42 50 46
Best Colleges for Veterans 52 50 46
Learning Communities 10 9 4
Study Abroad 9 13 11
Service Learning 9 24 13
 
Washington Monthly
2019 2020 2021
National Universities 38 45 39
  Top Public Universities 20 23 21

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Graduate Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

US News & World Report America's Best Graduate Schools
2020 2021 2022
Best Education Schools 23 24 23
  Curriculum and Instruction 1 1 1
  Elementary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Secondary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Educational Administration and Supervision 5 7 1
  Higher Education Administration 3 2 4
  Educational Psychology 7 6 5
  Education Policy 7 9 8
  Special Education 12 13 12
  Student Counseling and Personnel N/R 15 N/R
Best Business Schools 38 40 39
  Supply Chain/Logistics 1 1 1
  Production/Operations 15 7 7
  Accounting 41 32 N/R
  Management 26 N/R N/R
  International Business N/R N/R 20
  Executive MBA N/R N/R 30
 
Best Engineering Schools 55 58 59
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 11 12 12
  Environmental Engineering 40 35 38
  Materials Engineering 46 36 54
  Electrical Engineering 45 46 43
  Civil Engineering 46 46 46
  Chemical Engineering 50 47 46
  Mechanical Engineering 47 48 49
  Biomedical Engineering 69 71 70
 
 
Best Nursing Schools (Master's programs) 64 77 59
  Doctor of Nursing Practice 76 90 57
 
Best Law Schools 91 93 91
  Business/Corporate Law 68 70
  Clinical Training 80 86 79
  Constitutional Law 83 71
  Contracts/Commercial Law 63 79
  Criminal Law 91 81
  Dispute Resolution 44 93 87
  Environmental Law 92 96 100
  Health Care Law 111 114 123
  Intellectual Property Law 53 71 52
  International Law 91 75 78
  Legal Writing 75 101 121
  Tax Law 96 98 82
  Trial Advocacy 76 65 54
Best Online Graduate Programs: 2019 2020 2021
  Online Grad Education Programs 5 4 4
     Educational Administration and Supervision 1 2
     Curriculum and Instruction 2 2
     Special Education 7 N/R
     Educational/Instructional Media Design 10 7
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs 10 10 5
  Online Grad Business Programs (excludes MBA) 23 17 21
  Online Grad Nursing 17 58
Best Online Graduate Programs for Veterans:
  Online Grad Education Programs for Vets 1 2
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs for Vets 7 3
  Online Grad Business Programs for Vets 11 7 11
US News & World Report (Grad programs ranked every few years)
Most Recent Rank Edition
Industrial/Organizational Psychology 1 2018
Nuclear Physics 1 2019
Rehabilitation Counseling 1 2020
African History 3 2022
Criminal Justice 9 2022
Econometrics 11 2022
African American History 17 2022
Veterinary Medicine 17 2020
Physics 28 2019
Nursing Anesthesia 29 2016
Economics 30 2022
Social Work 36 2020
Political Science 37 2022
Speech-Language Pathology 38 2021
Clinical Psychology 43 2021
History 43 2022
Psychology 45 2018
Biological Sciences 46 2019
Mathematics 47 2019
Chemistry 48 2019
Statistics 50 2019
Fine Arts 53 2021
English 53 2022
Sociology 54 2022
Computer Science 55 2019
Earth Sciences 64 2019

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Global Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

US News & World Report Best Global Universities
2019 2020 2021
Overall Rank 90 101 100
  U.S.-only Rank 46 45 45
 
Subject Rankings:
  Plant and Animal Science 9 8 7
  Agricultural Sciences 18 18 22
  Economics and Business 28 36 29
  Environment/Ecology 34 38 39
  Social Sciences and Public Health 50 53 48
  Arts and Humanities 83 58 55
  Computer Science 80 86 63
  Microbiology 104 100 68
  Mathematics 53 62 70
  Psychiatry/Psychology 61 69 72
  Physics 83 105 80
  Biology and Biochemistry 121 122 116
  Space Science 92 101 118
  Neuroscience and Behavior 201 187 166
  Engineering 152 169 185
  Molecular Biology and Genetics 197 175 186
  Materials Science 240 190 196
  Electrical and Electronic Engineering N/R 168 200
  Pharmacology and Toxicology 154 148 212
  Clinical Medicine 206 234 216
  Chemistry 209 255 276
Times Higher Ed World University Rankings (London)
2019 2020 2021
Overall Rank 93 84 105
  U.S.-only Rank 39 36 39
 
Subject Rankings:
  Education 11 12 12
  Psychology 32 36 33
  Business and Economics 45 39 50
  Life Sciences 63 62 67
  Social Sciences 66 62 67
  Computer Science 83 99 91
  Arts and Humanities 101-125 101-125 101-125
  Physical Sciences 87 85 126-150
  Engineering and Technology 101-125 101-125 151-175
  Clinical and Health 151-175 101-125 151-175
Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education IMPACT Ranking

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal US Ranking

Global Ranking

SDG #2  Zero Hunger 1 4
SDG #17  Partnerships for the Goals 3 66
SDG #3  Good Health and Well-Being 7-14 101-200
SDG #4  Quality Education 8-17 201-300
Overall Ranking 10-15 101-200

 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai)
2019 2020 2021
Overall Rank 101-150 101-150 101-150
  U.S.-only Rank 46-58 42-56 41-56
 
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Social Sciences
2019 2020 2021
Education 1 2 2
Communication 4 4 3
Management 25 21 18
Business Administration 24 22 16
Hospitality and Tourism 36 30 39
Library and Information Science 45 51-75 N/R
Sociology 36 29 36
Psychology 44 51-75 51-75
Law 34 41 33
Political Science 51-75 43 41
Finance 51-75 51-75 76-100
Economics 76-100 76-100 76-100
Statistics 51-75 76-100 76-100
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Medical Sciences
2019 2020 2021
  Nursing 151-200 151-200 101-150
  Public Health 201-300 201-300 201-300
  Clinical Medicine 301-400 201-300 201-300
  Medical Technology 301-400 201-300 201-300
  Pharmaceutical Science 201-300 301-400 301-400
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Life Sciences
2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences 11 11 11
Veterinary Sciences 76-100 101-150 101-150
Biological Sciences 201-300 201-300 201-300
Human Biological Sciences 201-300 201-300 201-300
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Engineering
2019 2020 2021
Environmental Science and Engineering 6 6 5
Food Science and Technology 33 34 48
Biotechnology 51-75 47 51-75
Computer Science and Engineering 51-75 76-100 76-100
Water Resources 76-100 76-100 76-100
Automation and Control 101-150 151-200 101-150
Energy Science and Engineering 151-200 151-200 201-300
Instruments Science and Technology 151-200 201-300 201-300
Civil Engineering 101-150 101-150 101-150
Mechanical Engineering 151-200 151-200 201-300
Telecommunications Engineering 151-200 201-300 201-300
Chemical Engineering 200-300 201-300 301-400
Nanoscience 151-200 201-300 301-400
Materials Science and Engineering 301-400 301-400 401-500
Biomedical Engineering 201-300 201-300 201-300
Electrical Engineering 301-400 151-200 151-200
Shanghai Global Subject Ranking in Natural Sciences
2019 2020 2021
Ecology 42 41 26
Physics 76-100 76-100 101-150
Mathematics 51-75 51-75 101-150
Atmospheric Sciences 151-200 151-200 N/R
Geography 51-75 76-100 76-100
Chemistry 201-300 201-300 301-400
Earth Sciences 301-400 201-300 201-300
Shanghai Rankings Website

Quacquarelli Symonds QS-USA University Rankings

2020 2021
Overall rank 56 55

QS-USA University Rankings website

 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (London)
2020 2021 2022
Overall Rank 144 157 157
  U.S.-only Rank 38 38 37
 
Subject 2019 2020 2021
  Accounting and Finance 51-100 51-100 99
  Agriculture and Forestry 11 11 10
  Archaeology 151-200 N/R N/R
  Architecture 151-200 151-200 151-200
  Biological Sciences 101-150 101-150 112
  Business Management 51-100 51-100 66
  Chemistry 151-200 151-200 144
  Communication and Media Studies 13 16 14
  Computer Science 151-200 101-150 132
  Development Studies 51-100 51-100 43
  Earth and Marine Sciences 151-200 N/R N/R
  Economics and Econometrics 51-100 101-150 87
  Education 18 18 19
  Engineering Chemical 101-150 101-150 101-150
  Engineering Civil 101-150 151-200 101-150
  Engineering Electrical 151-200 151-200 145
  Engineering Mechanical 101-150 101-150 99
  English Language and Literature 101-150 101-150 100
  Environmental Sciences 51-100 51-100 86
  Geography 101-150 101-150 101-150
  History 101-150 151-200 101-150
  Hospitality and Leisure Mgmt 42 N/R 29
  Linguistics 51-100 51-100 47
  Law 101-150 151-200 151-200
  Materials Science 101-150 101-150 101-150
  Mathematics 101-150 51-100 81
  Modern Languages 101-150 151-200 101-150
  Nursing 51-100 51-100 101-150
  Pharmacy and Pharmacology 101-150 101-150 101-150
  Philosophy N/R N/R 151-200
  Physics and Astronomy 101-150 101-150 97
  Psychology 40 44 40
  Sociology 51-100 101-150 151-200
  Sports-related subjects 51-100 51-100 51-100
  Statistics 51-100 51-100 101-150
  Veterinary Science 11 8 11
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