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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 35
 
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 2018 2019 2020
Best Education Schools 21 22 23
  Curriculum and Instruction 2 2 1
  Elementary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Secondary Teacher Education 1 1 1
  Higher Education Administration 3 1 3
  Educational Administration and Supervision 4 8 5
  Educational Psychology  5 4 7
  Education Policy 9 9 7
  Special Education 12 11 12
  Counseling/Psychology N/R 12 N/R
Best Business Schools 37 37 38
  Supply Chain/Logistics 1 1 1
  Production/Operations 8 10 15
  Management 22 N/R 26
  Accounting 24 N/R 41
  International Business 19 21 N/R
  Marketing 21 N/R N/R
 
Best Engineering Schools 56 56 55
  Biological/Agricultural Engineering 14 11 11
  Environmental Engineering 54 48 40
  Electrical Engineering 48 54 45
  Materials Engineering 46 30 46
  Civil Engineering 36 40 46
  Mechanical Engineering 42 43 47
  Chemical Engineering 44 43 50
  Biomedical Engineering N/R 64 69
 
Best Medical Schools-Primary Care:
  MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine 33 79 N/R
  MSU College of Human Medicine 60 61 67
 
Best Medical Schools-Research:
  MSU College of Human Medicine N/R 89 N/R
 
Best Nursing Schools (Master's programs) 63 55 64
  Nursing Anesthesia 29 29 29
  Doctor of Nursing Practice 62 73 76
 
Best Law Schools 96 88 91
Part-time Law 38 54 N/R
  Dispute Resolution 44
  Intellectual Property Law 53
  Legal Writing 75
  Trial Advocacy 76
  Clinical Training 80
  International Law 91
  Environmental Law 92
  Tax Law 96
  Health Care Law 111
Best Online Graduate Programs:
  Online Grad Education Programs 8 31 5
  Online Grad Criminal Justice Programs 10 10 10
  Online Grad Nursing Programs 23 11 17
  Online Grad Business Programs (excludes MBA) 16 21 23
Best Online Graduate Programs for Veterans:
  Online Grad Education Programs for Vets 1
  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 2020
Criminology 10 2019
Econometrics 12 2018
Veterinary Medicine 17 2020
Physics 28 2019
Economics 29 2018
Political Science 29 2018
Social Work 36 2020
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 32
  Business and Economics N/A 34 45
  Life Sciences 47 74 63
  Social Sciences 35 54 66
  Computer Science N/R N/R 83
  Physical Sciences N/R 76 87
  Arts and Humanities N/R 121 101
  Engineering and Technology N/R 109 124
  Clinical and Health N/R 140 176
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
 
2017 2018 2019
Subject Rankings:
  Accounting and Finance 66 63 86
  Agriculture and Forestry 7 8 11
  Anatomy and Physiology 57 68 N/R
  Archaeology 96 116 191
  Architecture 141 149 178
  Art and Design 178 N/R
  Biological sciences 134 104 119
  Business Management 61 67 37
  Chemistry 192 158 151
  Communication and Media Studies 12 16 13
  Computer Science 160 153 153
  Development Studies 39 37 60
  Earth and Marine Sciences 170 160 200
  Economics 76 81 87
  Education 21 24 18
  Engineering Chemical 108 98 106
  Engineering Civil 79 88 125
  Engineering Electrical 132 121 160
  Engineering Mechanical 82 82 114
  English Language and Literature 197 158 135
  Environmental Studies 68 65 91
  Geography 96 102 136
  History 89 85 139
  Hospitality and Leisure Management 21 20 42*
  Linguistics 58 74 80
  Law 217 160 139
  Materials Science 104 102 143
  Mathematics 169 162 103
  Modern Languages 163 124 124
  Nursing 85 77 82
  Performing Arts 76 65 N/R*
  Pharmacy and Pharmacology 99 93 119
  Philosophy 135 162 N/R
  Physics and Astronomy 157 131 129
  Psychology 71 64 40
  Sociology 112 105 134
  Sports-related subjects 21 35 51
  Statistics 99 88 85
  Social Policy N/R 96 N/A
  Veterinary Science 12 11 11
 *Indicates the metric changed from the previous year.
Subject Rankings for Faculty:
  Arts and Humanities  166 207 152
  Engineering and Technology 163 169 147
  Life Sciences and Medicine 149 141 144
  Natural Science 166 160 127
  Social Sciences and Management 104 130 84

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