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Rankings

Michigan State University's position among popular rankings appear 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

Source:  US News & World Report
America's Best Colleges
Category 2017 2018 2019
National Universities 82 81 85
  Top Public Universities 33 33 36
 
Best Undergraduate Business Programs 23 24 21
  Supply Chain Management 1 1 1
  Production/Operations Management 7 8 7
  Management 14 22 14
  Accounting 19 22 19
  Management Information Systems N/R N/R 20
  International Business 23 24 28
  Marketing 21 N/R 32
  Finance 22 N/R N/R
  Quantitative Analysis 13 N/R N/R
 
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs 50 49 48
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering N/R 11 7
Best Colleges for Veterans N/R 44 49
Best Colleges for Undergraduate Teaching N/R N/R 43
 
Source:  Washington Monthly
Category 2016 2017 2018
National Universities 38 38 47
  Top Public Universities 21 22 28
Source:  Kiplinger's Best Value Colleges
Category 2016 2017 2018
In-State Public Universities 40 38 40

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Graduate Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

Source:  US News & World Report
America's Best Graduate Schools
Program 2017 2018 2019
Best Education Schools 15 21 22
  Elementary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Secondary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Higher Education Administration 2 3 1
  Curriculum and Instruction 4 2 2
  Educational Psychology  5 5 4
  Educational Administration and Supervision 7 4 8
  Education Policy 11 9 9
  Special Education 13 12 11
  Counseling/Psychology N/R N/R 12
Best Business Schools 35 37 37
  Supply Chain/Logistics 2 1 1
  Production/Operations 11 8 10
  International Business N/R 19 21
  Marketing 18 21 N/R
  Management 23 22 N/R
  Accounting 22 24 N/R
 
Best Engineering Schools 48 56 56
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 13 14 11
  Materials Engineering 39 46 30
  Civil Engineering 39 36 40
  Mechanical Engineering 38 42 43
  Chemical Engineering 44 44 43
  Environmental Engineering 45 54 48
  Electrical Engineering 43 48 54
  Biomedical Engineering N/R 64
 
Best Medical Schools-Primary Care:
  MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine 15 33 79
  MSU College of Human Medicine 71 60 61
 
Best Medical Schools-Research:
  MSU College of Human Medicine 87 N/R 89
 
Best Nursing Schools (Master's programs) 58 63 55
  Nursing Anesthesia 29 29
  Doctor of Nursing Practice 62 73
 
Best Law Schools 100 96 88
  Part-time Law 44 38 54
 
Best Online Graduate Programs:
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs 16 10 10
  Online Grad Nursing Programs 31 26 11
  Online Grad Business Programs (excludes MBA) 26 16 21
  Online Grad Education Programs 11 8 31
Best Online Graduate Programs for Veterans:
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs for Vets 7
  Online Grad Business Programs for Vets 11
Source: US News & World Report (Grad programs ranked every few years)
Program Most Recent Rank Edition
African History 1 2018
Industrial/Organizational Psychology 1 2018
Nuclear Physics 1 2019
Rehabilitation Counseling 1 2016
Criminology 10 2019
Econometrics 12 2018
Veterinary Medicine 12 2016
Physics 28 2019
Economics 29 2018
Political Science 29 2018
Social Work 34 2019
Clinical Psychology 41 2017
Sociology 42 2018
History 44 2018
Psychology 45 2018
Biological Sciences 46 2019
Speech-Language Pathology 46 2017
Mathematics 47 2019
Chemistry 48 2019
Statistics 50 2019
Computer Science 55 2019
English 60 2018
Earth Sciences 64 2019
Fine Arts 82 2017

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Global Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

Source:  US News & World Report Best Global Universities
Category 2017 2018 2019
Overall Rank 78 81 90
  U.S.-only Rank 45 44 46
 
Subject Rankings:
  Plant and Animal Science 11 9 9
  Agricultural Sciences 24 17 18
  Economics and Business 25 26 28
  Environment/Ecology 24 30 34
  Social Sciences and Public Health 54 60 50
  Mathematics 58 61 53
  Psychiatry/Psychology 75 67 61
  Computer Science 98 102 80
  Arts and Humanities 73 78 83
  Physics 63 98 83
  Space Science 75 83 92
  Microbiology 104 84 104
  Biology and Biochemistry 99 92 121
  Engineering 135 143 152
  Pharmacology and Toxicology 126 150 154
  Molecular Biology & Genetics 161 N/R 197
  Neuroscience & Behavior N/R N/R 201
  Clinical Medicine 234 209 206
  Chemistry 203 207 209
  Materials Science 215 215 240
Source:  Times Higher Ed World University Rankings (London)
Category 2017 2018 2019
Overall Rank 101 83 93
  U.S.-only Rank 42 37 39
 
Overall Subject Rankings:
  Education N/A 10 11
  Psychology N/A 24
  Business and Economics N/A 34 45
  Social Sciences 35 54 66
  Life Sciences 47 74
  Engineering and Technology N/R 109
  Arts and Humanities N/R 121
  Clinical and Health N/R 140
  Physical Sciences N/R 76
Source:  Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai)
Category 2016 2017 2018
Overall Rank 126 122 131
  U.S.-only Rank 55 54 55
 
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Social Sciences
Subject 2017 2018
Communication 2 4
Education 9 4
Management 15 24
Business Administration 44 29
Hospitality and Tourism 31 29
Library and Information Science 16 32
Sociology 32 35
Psychology 43 45
Law 40 47
Political Science 63 61
Finance 58 76
Economics 79 82
Statistics 89 87
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Medical Sciences
Subject 2017 2018
  Nursing N/R 160
  Public Health 137 164
  Clinical Medicine 243 282
  Pharmaceutical Science 267 309
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Life Sciences
Subject 2017 2018
Agricultural Sciences 11 13
Veterinary Sciences 15 61
Biological Sciences 185 198
Human Biological Sciences 238 246
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Engineering
Subject 2017 2018
Environmental Science and Engineering 40 5
Food Science and Technology 64 37
Biotechnology 41 61
Computer Science and Engineering 78 76
Water Resources 94 105
Automation and Control 53 107
Energy Science and Engineering 80 107
Instruments Science and Technology 120 107
Civil Engineering 99 122
Mechanical Engineering 140 147
Telecommunications Engineering 176 177
Chemical Engineering 191 188
Transportation Science and Technology N/R 193
Nanoscience 214 198
Materials Science and Engineering 222 232
Biomedical Engineering 256 261
Electrical 60 275
Metallurgical Engineering 166 N/R
Shanghai Global Subject Ranking in Natural Sciences
Subject 2017 2018
Ecology 37 42
Physics 61 65
Mathematics 99 79
Atmospheric Sciences N/R 116
Geography 106 116
Chemistry 217 216
Earth Sciences N/R 370
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (London)
Category 2017 2018 2019
Overall Rank 160 149 141
  U.S.-only Rank 42 39 38
 
2016 2017 2018
Subject Rankings:
  Accounting and Finance 72 66 63
  Agriculture and Forestry 8 7 8
  Anatomy and Physiology 57 68
  Archaeology 96 116
  Architecture 141 149
  Art and Design 178
  Biological sciences 151 134 104
  Business Management 69 61 67
  Chemistry 176 192 158
  Communication and Media Studies 9 12 16
  Computer Science 153 160 153
  Development Studies 64 39 37
  Earth and Marine Sciences 166 170 160
  Economics 88 76 81
  Education 25 21 24
  Engineering Chemical 117 108 98
  Engineering Civil 113 79 88
  Engineering Electrical 149 132 121
  Engineering Mechanical 87 82 82
  English Language and Literature 163 197 158
  Environmental Studies 75 68 65
  Geography 126 96 102
  History 116 89 85
  Hospitality and Leisure Management 21 20
  Linguistics 88 58 74
  Law 217 160
  Materials Science 110 104 102
  Mathematics 154 169 162
  Modern Languages 157 163 124
  Nursing 76 85 77
  Performing Arts 76 65
  Pharmacy and Pharmacology 196 99 93
  Philosophy 181 135 162
  Physics and Astronomy 136 157 131
  Psychology 86 71 64
  Sociology 98 112 105
  Sports-related subjects 21 35
  Statistics 88 99 88
  Social Policy 75 N/R 96
  Veterinary Science 15 12 11
 
Subject Rankings for Faculty:
  Arts and Humanities  160 166 207
  Engineering and Technology 179 163 169
  Life Sciences and Medicine 157 149 141
  Natural Science 180 166 160
  Social Sciences and Management 89 104 130

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