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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 2015 2016 2017
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
Category 2014 2015 2016
National Universities 29 33 38
  Top Public Universities 21 23 21
Source:  Kiplinger's Best Value Colleges
Category 2015 2016 2017
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
Program 2016 2017 2018
Best Education Schools 13 15 21
  Elementary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Secondary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Curriculum and Instruction 3 4 2
  Higher Education Administration 4 2 3
  Educational Administration and Supervision 8 7 4
  Educational Psychology 4 5 5
  Education Policy 11 11 9
  Special Education 12 13 12
 
Best Business Schools 36 35 37
  Supply Chain/Logistics 2 2 1
  Production/Operations 12 11 8
  International Business 21 N/R 19
  Marketing N/R 18 21
  Management N/R 23 22
  Accounting N/R 22 24
 
Best Engineering Schools 49 48 56
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 11 13 14
  Civil Engineering 43 39 36
  Mechanical Engineering 37 38 42
  Chemical Engineering 39 44 44
  Materials Engineering 47 39 46
  Electrical Engineering 48 43 48
  Environmental Engineering 38 45 54
  Computer Engineering 46 42 N/R
 
Best Medical Schools-Primary Care:
  MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine 12 15 33
  MSU College of Human Medicine 70 71 60
 
Best Medical Schools-Research:
  MSU College of Human Medicine 88 87 N/R
 
Best Nursing Schools (Master's programs) 61 58 63
  Nursing Anesthesia 29 N/R
  Doctor of Nursing Practice 62
 
Best Law Schools 94 100 96
  Part-time Law 48 44 38
  Intellectual Property Law 32 N/R N/R
 
Best Online Graduate Programs:
  Online Grad Education Programs 11 8
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs 16 10
  Online Grad Business Programs (excludes MBA) 26 16
  Online Grad Nursing Programs 31 26
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 2015
Rehabilitation Counseling 1 2016
Criminology 7 2009
Econometrics 12 2018
Veterinary Medicine 12 2016
Economics 29 2018
Physics 29 2015
Political Science 29 2018
Social Work 32 2017
Clinical Psychology 41 2017
Sociology 42 2018
History 44 2018
Chemistry 45 2015
Psychology 45 2018
Mathematics 46 2015
Speech-Language Pathology 46 2017
Statistics 47 2015
Biological Sciences 50 2015
Computer Science 56 2015
English 60 2018
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
Category 2015 2016 2017
Overall Rank 75 82 78
  U.S.-only Rank 47 46 45
 
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:  Times Higher Ed World University Rankings (London)
Category 2014 2015 2016
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)
Category 2014 2015 2016
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)
Category 2015 2016 2017
Overall Rank 164 160 149
  U.S.-only Rank 42 42 39
 
2015 2016 2017
Subject Rankings:
  Accounting and Finance 51-100 72 66
  Agriculture and Forestry 17 8 7
  Anatomy and Physiology 57
  Archaeology 96
  Architecture 141
  Biological sciences 101-150 151 134
  Business Management 51-100 69 61
  Chemistry 151-200 176 192
  Communication and Media Studies 6 9 12
  Computer Science 151-200 153 160
  Development Studies 64 39
  Earth and Marine Sciences 151-200 166 170
  Economics 51-100 88 76
  Education and Training 19 25 21
  Engineering Chemical 117 108
  Engineering Civil 101-150 113 79
  Engineering Electrical 101-150 149 132
  Engineering Mechanical 51-100 87 82
  English Language and Literature 201-250 163 197
  Environmental Studies 51-100 75 68
  Geography 51-100 126 96
  History 151-200 116 89
  Hospitality and Leisure Management 21
  Linguistics 51-100 88 58
  Law 217
  Materials Science 110 104
  Mathematics 151-200 154 169
  Modern Languages 151-200 157 163
  Nursing 76 85
  Performing Arts 76
  Pharmacy and Pharmacology 151-200 196 99
  Philosophy 181 135
  Physics and Astronomy 101-150 136 157
  Psychology 51-100 86 71
  Sociology 101-150 98 112
  Sports-related subjects 23
  Statistics 101-150 88 99
  Subject Policy 75 N/R
  Veterinary Science 21 15 12
 
Subject Rankings for Faculty:
  Social Sciences and Management 123 89
  Life Sciences and Medicine 215 157
  Arts and Humanities 170 160
  Engineering and Technology 169 179
  Natural Science 157 180

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