5 Years at No. 1

Credit: Steve Green

Peabody College of education and human development is the nation’s top graduate school of education for the fifth consecutive year, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2014. Peabody bested programs at Johns Hopkins University (No. 2) and Harvard (No. 3), in addition to having its programs in administration/supervision and special education ranked No. 1 by education school deans.

“These are challenging times for educators, and our faculty works hard to contribute knowledge through research and to prepare leaders who can be a force for positive change,” says Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Peabody. “I am pleased that U.S. News has again recognized our excellence—for the fifth consecutive year—encompassing such areas as special education, school administration and education policy, educational psychology, and elementary and secondary education.”

Vanderbilt Law School improved one position to tie with the University of Texas-Austin at No. 15 in the law school category, while Vanderbilt School of Medicine kept its No. 14 spot among best research medical schools. Harvard was No. 1.

U.S. News also ranked doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities for the first time since 2009. The English department’s African American literature program tied for No. 4; English overall tied for No. 26 (up three spots); history tied for No. 24 (up from a tie for No. 26 in 2009); psychology tied for No. 30; sociology tied for No. 31; and political science and economics both tied for No. 36.

Vanderbilt School of Engineering ranked No. 36 overall, and Owen Graduate School of Management tied at No. 30 in the business school rankings.

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