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Rankings

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

National Rank: 83     Among Public Universities: 33

Global Rankings Summary

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

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

 

US News & World Report Best Global Universities, (2022)

MSU Overall Rank: 108     Among U.S. Universities: 45

 

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

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

 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (London), (2023)

MSU Overall Rank: 159     Among U.S. Universities: 38

 

 

MSU Top-Ranked Programs 

Domestic Rankings (US News & World Report)

  • Image used to categorize the first section of programs
  • Programs Ranked #1
  • Curriculum and Instruction (graduate)
  • Elementary Teacher Education (graduate)
  • Secondary Teacher Education (graduate)
  • Nuclear Physics (graduate)
  • Online Curriculum and Instruction (graduate)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling (graduate)
  • Supply Chain Management (undergrad)
  • Supply Chain/Logistics (graduate)


  • Image separating the second section of the rankings
  • Programs Ranked #2 - #10
  • Educational Administration (graduate) (#2)
  • Higher Education Administration (graduate) (#2)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (graduate) (#2)
  • African History (graduate) (#3)
  • Online Graduate Business for Veterans (#3)
  • Online Graduate Criminal Justice for Veterans (#3)
  • Online Educational Administration (graduate) (#4)
  • Online Educational/Instructional Media (graduate) (#5)
  • Online Graduate Criminal Justice (#5)
  • Production/Operations (undergrad) (#5)
  • Biological/Agricultural Engineering (undergrad) (#6)
  • Educational Psychology (graduate) (#6)
  • Online Special Education (graduate) (#7)
  • Education Policy (graduate) (#8)
  • Criminal Justice (graduate) (#9)
  • Production/Operations (graduate) (#9)
  • Online Graduate Education for Veterans (#10)
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  • Programs Ranked #11 - #25
    • Special Education (graduate) (#11)
    • Biological/Agricultural Engineering (graduate) (#12)
  • Online Graduate Business (excludes MBA) (#12)
  • Management (undergraduate) (#13)
  • Online Mechanical Engineering (graduate) (#14)
  • Econometrics (graduate) (#16)
  • African American History (graduate) (#17)
  • Veterinary Medicine (graduate) (#17)
  • Management Information Systems (undergraduate) (#19)
  • International Business (graduate) (#20)
  • International Business (undergraduate) (#20)
  • Accounting (undergraduate) (#21)
    • Undergraduate Business (#23)
  • Online Graduate Education (#24)
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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)

Communication and Media Studies (#9) (Quacquarelli Symonds)

Plant and Animal Science (#9) (US News & World Report Best Global Universities)

Agriculture and Forestry (#10) (Quacquarelli Symonds)

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

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

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

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

Education (#19) (Quacquarelli Symonds)

Agricultural Sciences (#23) (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
2021 2022 2023
Best Education Schools 24 23 22
  Curriculum and Instruction 1 1 1
  Elementary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Secondary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Educational Administration and Supervision 7 1 2
  Higher Education Administration 2 4 2
  Educational Psychology 6 5 6
  Education Policy 9 8 8
  Special Education 13 12 11
  Student Counseling and Personnel 15 N/R N/R
Best Business Schools 40 39 36
  Supply Chain/Logistics 1 1 1
  Production/Operations 7 7 9
  International Business N/R 20 20
  Accounting 32 N/R 28
  Management N/R N/R 30
  Executive MBA N/R 30 N/R
 
Best Engineering Schools 58 59 59
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 12 12 12
  Environmental Engineering 35 38 34
  Electrical Engineering 46 43 47
  Materials Engineering 36 54 47
  Chemical Engineering 47 46 48
  Civil Engineering 46 46 48
  Mechanical Engineering 48 49 50
  Biomedical Engineering 71 70 61
 
 
Best Nursing Schools (Master's programs) 77 59 68
  Doctor of Nursing Practice 90 57 63
 
Best Law Schools 93 91 91
  Business/Corporate Law 68 70 67
  Clinical Training 86 79 104
  Constitutional Law 83 71 73
  Contracts/Commercial Law 63 79 70
  Criminal Law 91 81 72
  Dispute Resolution 93 87 84
  Environmental Law 96 100 96
  Health Care Law 114 123 102
  Intellectual Property Law 71 52 55
  International Law 75 78 62
  Legal Writing 101 121 84
  Tax Law 98 82 102
  Trial Advocacy 65 54 49
Best Online Graduate Programs: 2020 2021 2022
  Online Grad Education Programs 4 4 24
     Curriculum and Instruction      2 2 1
     Educational Administration and Supervision 1 2 4
     Educational/Instructional Media Design 10 7 5
     Special Education 7 N/R 7
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs 10 5 5
  Online Grad Business Programs (excludes MBA) 17 21 12
  Online Grad Mechanical Engineering 14
  Online Grad Nursing 58
Best Online Graduate Programs for Veterans:
  Online Grad Business Programs for Vets 7 11 3
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs for Vets 3 3
  Online Grad Education Programs for Vets 2 10
US News & World Report (Grad programs ranked every few years)
Most Recent Rank Edition
Nuclear Physics 1 2019
Rehabilitation Counseling 1 2020
Industrial/Organizational Psychology 2 2023
African History 3 2022
Criminal Justice 9 2022
Econometrics 16 2023
African American History 17 2022
Veterinary Medicine 17 2020
Nursing Anesthesia 29 2016
Statistics 30 2023
Physics 32 2023
Economics 34 2023
Social Work 36 2023
Political Science 37 2022
Speech-Language Pathology 38 2021
Mathematics 39 2023
Psychology 39 2023
Chemistry 42 2023
Clinical Psychology 43 2021
History 43 2022
English 53 2022
Fine Arts 53 2021
Sociology 54 2022
Earth Sciences 56 2023
Computer Science 60 2023
Biological Sciences 68 2023

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Global Rankings

N/R = Not Ranked

US News & World Report Best Global Universities
2020 2021 2022
Overall Rank 101 100 108
  U.S.-only Rank 45 45 45
 
Subject Rankings:
  Plant and Animal Science 8 7 9
  Agricultural Sciences 18 22 23
  Economics and Business 36 29 26
  Environment/Ecology 38 39 40
  Social Sciences and Public Health 53 48 49
  Arts and Humanities 58 55 57
  Computer Science 86 63 77
  Mathematics 62 70 78
  Psychiatry/Psychology 69 72 80
  Microbiology 100 68 81
  Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology 68 87
  Physics 105 80 97
  Biology and Biochemistry 122 116 124
  Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems 138 149
  Space Science 101 118 151
  Molecular Biology and Genetics 175 186 153
  Public, Environmental and Occupational Health 158 156
  Clinical Medicine 234 216 202
  Engineering 169 185 219
  Electrical and Electronic Engineering 168 200 219
  Neuroscience and Behavior 187 166 223
  Materials Science 190 196 239
  Energy and Fuels 235 244
  Chemistry 255 276 293
Times Higher Ed World University Rankings (London)
2020 2021 2022
Overall Rank 84 105 93
  U.S.-only Rank 36 39 35
 
Subject Rankings:
  Education 12 12 12
  Business and Economics 39 50 52
  Psychology 36 33 55
  Social Sciences 62 67 60
  Arts and Humanities 101-125 101-125 66
  Life Sciences 62 67 75
  Computer Science 99 91 100
  Law 101-125
  Physical Sciences 85 126-150 126-150
  Engineering and Technology 101-125 151-175 151-175
  Clinical and Health 101-125 151-175 176-200
Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education IMPACT Ranking

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal

US Ranking

2022

Global Ranking

2022

Overall Ranking 2 33
SDG #2  Zero Hunger 1 6
SDG #17  Partnerships for the Goals 1 26
SDG #1  No Poverty 3 33
SDG #11  Sustainable Communities 4 25
SDG #15  Life on Land 4 27
SDG #13  Climate Action 6 87
SDG #3  Good Health and Well-Being 6-11 101-200
SDG #4  Quality Education 7-18 301-400

 

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)
2021 2022 2023
Overall Rank 157 157 159
  U.S.-only Rank 38 37 38
 
Subject 2020 2021 2022
  Accounting and Finance 51-100 99 101-150
  Agriculture and Forestry 11 10 10
  Anthropology N/R 101-120 101-140
  Archaeology N/R N/R 151-200
  Architecture/Built Environment 151-200 151-200 151-200
  Biological Sciences 101-150 112 137
  Business Management 51-100 66 60
  Chemistry 151-200 144 139
  Communication and Media Studies 16 14 9
  Computer Science and Info Systems 101-150 132 126
  Development Studies 51-100 43 51-100
  Earth and Marine Sciences N/R N/R 151-200
  Economics and Econometrics 101-150 87 109
  Education 18 19 19
  Engineering Chemical 101-150 101-150 101-150
  Engineering Civil 151-200 101-150 101-150
  Engineering Electrical 151-200 145 144
  Engineering Mechanical 101-150 99 91
  English Language and Literature 101-150 100 77
  Environmental Sciences 51-100 86 79
  Geography 101-150 101-150 101-150
  Geology N/R 151-200 151-200
  Geophysics N/R 151-200 151-200
  History 151-200 101-150 151-200
  Hospitality and Leisure Mgmt N/R 29 29
  Law 151-200 151-200 151-200
  Linguistics 51-100 47 36
  Materials Science 101-150 101-150 151-200
  Mathematics 51-100 81 76
  Medicine N/R 151-200 151-200
  Modern Languages 151-200 101-150 151-200
  Nursing 51-100 101-150 101-150
  Pharmacy and Pharmacology 101-150 101-150 201-250
  Philosophy N/R 151-200 N/R
  Physics and Astronomy 101-150 97 92
  Politics and International Studies N/R N/R 151-200
  Psychology 44 40 55
  Sociology 101-150 151-200 101-150
  Sports-related subjects 51-100 51-100 46
  Statistics and Operational Research 51-100 101-150 51-100
  Veterinary Science 8 11 27
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