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Here's How DC, VA Grad Schools Rank Among Top Programs: U.S. News

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U.S. News & World Report has released its 2020 rankings of the best graduate schools in the country and several Washington, D.C. and Virginia schools made the annual list.

The rankings for 2020 evaluate programs in business, law, medicine, engineering, education, and nursing, according to U.S. News. The publication explained the rankings are unique for each field.

U.S. News says government data shows that both masters- and doctorate-level jobs are forecast to increase in the near future.

"Whether you're looking to pursue a degree in law, medicine or business, the best graduate schools rankings offer the in-depth data and information you need to start your search," Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said. "You can compare data on factors that most interest you — whether that's how many law students pass the bar and are employed at graduation, or the student-faculty ratio and research expenditures at engineering schools."

Here's how D.C. and Virginia schools ranked for each program evaluated by U.S. News:

Business

Below are D.C. and Virginia's top schools for full-time MBA:

  • University of Virginia (Darden) — No. 12
  • Georgetown University (McDonough) — No. 24
  • College of William and Mary (Mason) — No. 54
  • George Washington University — No. 61
  • Howard University — No. 67

Below are the nation's top schools for full-time MBA:

  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) — No. 1
  • Stanford University — No. 2
  • University of Chicago (Booth) — No. 3
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) — No. 3
  • Harvard University — No. 3

Law

Below are D.C. and Virginia's top schools for law:

  • University of Virginia — No. 8
  • Georgetown University — No. 14
  • George Washington University — No. 22
  • Washington and Lee University — No. 34
  • William and Mary Law School — No. 39
  • George Mason University — No. 45
  • University of Richmond — No. 52
  • American University (Washington) — No. 77
  • Howard University — No. 108
  • The Catholic University of America — No. 108

Below are the nation's top schools for law:

  • Yale University — No. 1
  • Stanford University — No. 2
  • Harvard University — No. 3

Medical

Below are D.C. and Virginia's top schools for medical research:

  • University of Virginia — No. 27
  • Georgetown University — No. 48
  • George Washington University — No. 60
  • Virginia Commonwealth University — No. 67
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School — No. 90

Below are the nation's top schools for medical research:

  • Harvard University — No. 1
  • Johns Hopkins University — No. 2
  • University of Pennsylvania — No. 3
  • Stanford University — No. 3

Engineering

Below are D.C. and Virginia's top schools for engineering:

  • Virginia Tech — No. 31
  • University of Virginia — No. 41
  • George Washington University — No. 75
  • George Mason University (Volgenau) — No. 111
  • Virginia Commonwealth University — No. 124
  • Howard University — No. 148

Below are the nation's top schools for engineering:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology — No. 1
  • Stanford University — No. 2
  • University of California-Berkeley — No. 3

Nursing

Below are D.C. and Virginia's top schools for nursing:

  • University of Virginia — No. 21
  • Georgetown University — No. 26
  • George Washington University — No. 43
  • George Mason University — No. 49
  • The Catholic University of America — No. 53
  • Virginia Commonwealth University — No. 53
  • James Madison University — No. 107
  • Shenandoah University — No. 156
  • Marymount University — No. 184

Below are the nation's top schools for nursing:

  • Johns Hopkins University — No. 1
  • Duke University — No. 2
  • University of Pennsylvania — No. 3

Education

Below are D.C. and Virginia's top schools for education:

  • University of Virginia (Curry) — No. 17
  • Virginia Commonwealth University — No. 20
  • College of William and Mary — No. 39
  • George Mason University — No. 59
  • George Washington University — No. 61
  • Howard University — No. 93
  • The Catholic University of America — No. 93
  • Old Dominion University (Darden) — No. 93
  • Virginia Tech — No. 93
  • Gallaudet University — No. 143

Below are the nation's top schools for education:

  • Harvard University — No. 1
  • University of Pennsylvania — No. 2
  • University of California-Los Angeles — No. 3
  • Stanford University — No. 3
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison — No. 3

U.S. News says in its methodology that the rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions and "statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students." Statistical indicators include inputs like admission test scores and outputs like starting salaries. You can read the full methodology here.

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