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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
Category201520162017
National Universities 85 75 82
  Top Public Universities 35 29 33
 
Best Undergraduate Business Programs 21 22 23
  Supply Chain Management 1 1 1
  Production/Operations Management 11 8 7
  Quantitative Analysis N/R N/R 13
  Management 18 20 14
  Accounting 14 12 19
  Marketing 21 N/R 21
  Finance 22 29 22
  International Business 22 17 23
 
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs 48 46 50
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 12 12 N/R
 
Source:  Washington Monthly
Category201420152016
National Universities 29 33 38
  Top Public Universities 21 23 21
Source:  Kiplinger's Best Value Colleges
Category201520162017
In-State Public Universities 50 40 38

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Graduate Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

Source:  US News & World Report
America's Best Graduate Schools
Program201520162017
Best Education Schools 15 13 15
  Elementary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Secondary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Higher Education Administration 5 4 2
  Curriculum and Instruction 4 3 4
  Educational Psychology 6 4 5
  Educational Administration and Supervision 7 8 7
  Education Policy 10 11 11
  Special Education 16 12 13
 
Best Business Schools 35 36 35
  Supply Chain/Logistics 2 2 2
  Production/Operations 12 12 11
  Marketing N/R N/R 18
  Accounting 21 N/R 22
  Management N/R N/R 23
  International Business 16 21 N/R
 
Best Engineering Schools 55 49 48
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 11 11 13
  Mechanical Engineering 36 37 38
  Civil Engineering 41 43 39
  Materials Engineering N/R 47 39
  Computer Engineering 44 46 42
  Electrical Engineering 48 48 43
  Chemical Engineering 39 39 44
  Environmental Engineering 32 38 45
 
Best Medical Schools-Primary Care:
  MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine 9 12 15
  MSU College of Human Medicine 40 70 71
 
Best Medical Schools-Research:
  MSU College of Human Medicine 87 88 87
 
Best Nursing Schools 61 58
  Nursing Anesthesia 29
 
Best Law Schools 87 94 100
  Part-time Law 56 48 44
  Intellectual Property Law N/R 32 N/R
 
Best Online Graduate Programs:
  Online Grad Education Programs 13 11 8
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs 26 16 10
  Online Grad Business Programs (excludes MBA) 65 26 16
  Online Grad Nursing Programs 31 31 26
Source: US News & World Report (Grad programs ranked every few years)
ProgramMost Recent RankEdition
Industrial/Organizational Psychology 1 2013
Nuclear Physics 1 2015
Rehabilitation Counseling 1 2016
African History 3 2013
Criminology 7 2009
Veterinary Medicine 12 2016
Physics 29 2015
Economics 30 2013
Political Science 32 2013
Social Work 32 2017
Clinical Psychology 41 2017
Chemistry 45 2015
Mathematics 46 2015
Psychology 46 2013
Sociology 46 2013
Speech-Language Pathology 46 2017
Statistics 47 2015
Biological Sciences 50 2015
Computer Science 56 2015
History 56 2013
English 63 2013
Earth Sciences 77 2015
Fine Arts 82 2017

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Global Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

Source:  US News & World Report Best Global Universities
Category201520162017
Overall Rank 75 82 78
  U.S.-only Rank 47 46 45
 
Overall Subject Rankings:
  Plant and Animal Science 12 14 11
  Agricultural Sciences 21 21 24
  Environment/Ecology 27 24 24
  Economics and Business 23 23 25
  Social Sciences and Public Health 55 54 54
  Mathematics 57 59 58
  Physics 36 61 63
  Arts and Humanities N/R 93 73
  Space Science N/R 61 75
  Psychiatry/Psychology 70 76 75
  Computer Science N/R N/R 98
  Biology and Biochemistry N/R 112 99
  Microbiology 84 N/R 104
  Pharmacology & Toxicology N/R N/R 126
  Engineering N/R 148 135
  Molecular Biology & Genetics N/R N/R 161
  Materials Science N/R 219 215
  Chemistry N/R 233 203
  Clinical Medicine N/R 239 234
Source:  Time Higher Ed World University Rankings (London)
Category201420152016
Overall Rank 82 99 101
  U.S.-only Rank 36 39 42
 
Overall Subject Rankings:
  Social Sciences 45 52 35
  Life Sciences 51 51 47
  Engineering and Technology 84 N/R
  Physical Sciences 86 N/R
Source:  Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai)
Category201420152016
Overall Rank 105 99 126
  U.S.-only Rank 54 50 55
 
ARWU Field Rankings:
  Social Sciences 36 38 58
  Life and Agriculture 51-75 51-75 62
  Natural Science and Mathematics 101-150 101-150 98
  Engineering and Computer Science 101-150 101-150 N/R
  Clinical Medicine 151-200 151-200 N/R
 
ARWU Subject Rankings:
  Economics and Business 41 48
  Physics 51-75 51-75
  Computer Science 76-100 51-75
  Mathematics 101-150 101-150
 
Shanghai Subject Rankings
  Environmental Engineering         56
  Electrical Engineering                     64
  Mechanical Engineering                93
  Energy Science                                  134
  Materials Science                             181
  Chemical Engineering                     270
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Universty Rankings (London)
Category201420152016
Overall Rank 195 164 160
  U.S.-only Rank 50 42 42
 
201420152016
Overall Subject Rankings:
  Communication and Media Studies 11 6 9
  Agriculture and Forestry 21 17 8
  Education and Training 21 19 25
  Veterinary Science 21 15
  Accounting and Finance 51-100 51-100 72
  Business Management 51-100 69
  Economics 101-150 51-100 88
  Engineering Mechanical 51-100 51-100 87
  Environmental Studies 51-100 51-100 75
  Geography 51-100 51-100 126
  Linguistics 51-100 51-100 88
  Psychology 101-150 51-100 86
  Biological sciences 101-150 101-150 151
  Engineering Civil 151-200 101-150 113
  Engineering Electrical 101-150 149
  Physics and Astronomy 51-100 101-150 136
  Sociology 101-150 101-150 98
  Statistics 101-150 101-150 88
  Chemistry 151-200 151-200 176
  Computer Science 151-200 153
  Earth and Marine Sciences 101-150 151-200 166
  History 151-200 116
  Mathematics 101-150 151-200 154
  Modern Languages 151-200 157
  Pharmacy and Pharmacology 151-200 151-200 196
  English Language and Literature 51-100 201-250 163
  Philosophy 181
  Engineering Chemical 117
  Nursing 76
  Materials Science 110
  Development Studies 64
  Subject Policy 75
 
Subject Rankings for Faculty:
  Social Sciences and Management 80 123 89
  Life Sciences and Medicine 161 215 157
  Arts and Humanities 185 170 160
  Engineering and Technology 186 169 179
  Natural Science 135 157 180

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