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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 2016 2017 2018
National Universities 75 82 81
  Top Public Universities 29 33 33
 
Best Undergraduate Business Programs 22 23 24
  Supply Chain Management 1 1 1
  Production/Operations Management 8 7 8
  Quantitative Analysis N/R 13 N/R
  Management 20 14 22
  Accounting 12 19 22
  Marketing N/R 21 N/R
  Finance 29 22 N/R
  International Business 17 23 24
 
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs 46 50 49
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 12 N/R 11
Best Colleges for Veterans 44
 
Source:  Washington Monthly
Category 2015 2016 2017
National Universities 33 38 38
  Top Public Universities 23 21 22
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 2016 2017 2018
Overall Rank 82 78 81
  U.S.-only Rank 46 45 44
 
Subject Rankings:
  Plant and Animal Science 14 11 9
  Agricultural Sciences 21 24 17
  Economics and Business 23 25 26
  Environment/Ecology 24 24 30
  Social Sciences and Public Health 54 54 60
  Mathematics 59 58 61
  Psychiatry/Psychology 76 75 67
  Arts and Humanities 93 73 78
  Space Science 61 75 83
  Microbiology N/R 104 84
  Biology and Biochemistry 112 99 92
  Physics 61 63 98
  Computer Science N/R 98 102
  Engineering 148 135 143
  Pharmacology and Toxicology N/R 126 150
  Chemistry 233 203 207
  Clinical Medicine 239 234 209
  Materials Science 219 215 215
  Molecular Biology & Genetics N/R 161 N/R
Source:  Times Higher Ed World University Rankings (London)
Category 2016 2017 2018
Overall Rank 99 101 83
  U.S.-only Rank 39 42 37
 
Overall Subject Rankings:
  Education N/A N/A 10
  Psychology N/A N/A 24
  Business and Economics N/A N/A 34
  Social Sciences 52 35 54
  Life Sciences 51 47 74
  Engineering and Technology 84 N/R 109
  Arts and Humanities N/R N/R 121
  Clinical and Health N/R N/R 140
  Physical Sciences 86 N/R 76
Source:  Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai)
Category 2015 2016 2017
Overall Rank 99 126 122
  U.S.-only Rank 50 55 54
 
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Social Sciences
Subject 2017
Communication 2
Education 9
Management 15
Library and Information Science 16
Hospitality and Tourism 31
Sociology 32
Law 40
Psychology 43
Business Administration 44
Finance 58
Political Science 63
Economics 79
Statistics 89
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Life Sciences
Subject 2017
Agricultural Sciences 11
Veterinary Scieneces 15
Biological Sciences 185
Human Biological Sciences 238
Shanghai Global Subject Rankings in Engineering
Subject 2017
Environmental Science and Engineering 40
Biotechnology 41
Automation and Conrol 53
Electrical 60
Food Science and Technology 64
Computer Science and Engineering 78
Energy Science and Engineering 80
Water Resources 94
Civil Engineering 99
Instruments Science and Technology 120
Mechanical Engineering 140
Metallugical Engineering 166
Telecommunications Engineering 176
Chemical Engineering 191
Nanoscience 214
Materials Science and Engineering 222
Biomedical Engineering 256
Shanghai Global Subject Ranking in Natural Sciences
Subject 2017
Ecology 37
Physics 61
Mathematics 99
Geography 106
Chemistry 217
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Universty 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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