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U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help prospective students research more than 2,000 graduate programs.

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Law Schools

Medical Schools

Engineering Schools

Nursing Schools

Education Schools

Fine Arts Schools

Health Schools

Library and Information Studies Schools

Public Affairs Schools

Science Schools

Social Sciences and Humanities Schools

Top Business Schools

Earning an MBA or another master's degree in business can help prospective students advance their careers in the public and private sectors. U.S. News weighs factors such as employment rates, student selectivity and reputation to rank the top graduate business schools.

2023-2024 Best Business Schools

  • # 1 University of Chicago (Booth)
  • # 2 Northwestern University (Kellogg)
  • # 3 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

2023-2024 Part-time MBA

  • # 1 University of California, Berkeley (Haas)
  • # 2 University of Chicago (Booth)
  • # 3 Northwestern University (Kellogg)

MBA Programs

Executive MBA

MBA Specialties

Business Analytics


Information Systems


Production / Operations

Project Management

Real Estate

Supply Chain / Logistics

Top Law Schools

Students interested in pursuing a legal career can find a wide range of options among the law schools accredited fully by the American Bar Association. U.S. News factors in data on reputation, LSAT scores, job placement success and more when ranking the top law schools.

2023-2024 Best Law Schools

  • # 1 Stanford University  (tie)
  • # 1 Yale University  (tie)
  • # 3 University of Chicago

2023-2024 Part-time Law

  • # 1 Georgetown University
  • # 2 George Washington University
  • # 3 Fordham University

Law Programs and Specialties

Business/Corporate Law

Clinical Training

Constitutional Law

Contracts/Commercial Law

Criminal Law

Dispute Resolution

Environmental Law

Health Care Law

Intellectual Property Law

International Law

Legal Writing

Trial Advocacy

Top Medical Schools

Students who dream of donning a white coat can explore separate rankings of the top medical schools for primary care and research. To produce the rankings, U.S. News collects data on student selectivity, faculty resources and more from both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.

2023-2024 Best Medical Schools: Research

  • # 1 Harvard University
  • # 2 Johns Hopkins University
  • # 3 University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

2023-2024 Best Medical Schools: Primary Care

  • # 1 University of Washington
  • # 2 University of Minnesota
  • # 3 Oregon Health and Science University

Medical Programs and Specialties


Family Medicine

Internal Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Most Diverse Medical Schools

Most Graduates Practicing in Medically Underserved Areas

Most Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields

Most Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas

Top Engineering Schools

Engineers can build on the skills they learned as undergraduates with advanced degrees in areas ranging from biomedical engineering to nuclear engineering. U.S. News weighs factors such as reputation, research activity and student selectivity to rank the top graduate engineering schools.

2023-2024 Best Engineering Schools

Engineers can build on their skills with advanced degrees.

  • # 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • # 2 Stanford University
  • # 3 University of California, Berkeley

Engineering Programs and Specialties

Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering

Biological / Agricultural Engineering

Biomedical Engineering / Bioengineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering

Environmental / Environmental Health Engineering

Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering

Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Top Nursing Schools

Nurses are increasingly encouraged to earn a graduate degree to enhance their knowledge of patient care and advance in a rapidly evolving field. U.S. News factors in data on reputation, faculty resources and more when ranking the top nursing master's programs and the top Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

2023-2024 Best Nursing Schools: Master's

  • # 1 Emory University (Woodruff)
  • # 3 University of Pennsylvania

2023-2024 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • # 1 Johns Hopkins University
  • # 2 Columbia University  (tie)
  • # 2 Duke University  (tie)
  • # 2 Rush University  (tie)
  • # 2 University of Washington  (tie)

Nursing Programs

Schools ranked in these areas may offer programs at the master's and/or DNP level



Nursing Specialties

DNP Administration/Management

DNP Leadership

DNP Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care

DNP Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care

DNP Nurse Practitioner: Family

DNP Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care

DNP Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan

Master's Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care

Master's Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care

Master's Nurse Practitioner: Family

Master's Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan

Master's Nursing Administration

Master's Nursing Leadership

Master's Nursing Practitioner: Pediatric Primary Care

Top Education Schools

Educators, including those who want to move into leadership positions, may find it necessary to earn a graduate degree to achieve their career goals. U.S. News weighs factors such as faculty resources, reputation and research activity to rank the top graduate education schools.

2023-2024 Best Education Schools

Educators can earn a graduate degree to achieve their career goals.

  • # 1 Teachers College, Columbia University  (tie)
  • # 1 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor  (tie)
  • # 3 Northwestern University  (tie)

Education Programs and Specialties

Curriculum and Instruction

Educational Administration and Supervision

Educational Psychology

Education Policy

Elementary Teacher Education

Higher Education Administration

Secondary Teacher Education

Special Education

Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Top Fine Arts Schools

Artists interested in pursuing a master's degree in fine arts can explore a wide range of schools offering programs in areas such as graphic design, photography and sculpture. The U.S. News fine arts programs rankings are based solely on opinions of each program's quality as rated by academic experts at peer institutions.

Best Best Fine Arts Programs Schools

Pursue a master's degree in fine arts by exploring a wide range of schools

  • # 1 University of California--Los Angeles
  • # 2 School of the Art Institute of Chicago  (tie)
  • # 2 Yale University  (tie)

Fine Arts Specialties

Graphic Design

Painting / Drawing



Time-Based Media / New Media

Top Health Schools

Graduate degrees in health cover a range of fields, from audiology to veterinary medicine. The U.S. News rankings of graduate health programs are based solely on ratings of each program's quality by academics.

Health Specialty Rankings

Clinical Psychology

Health Care Management

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physician Assistant

Public Health

Rehabilitation Counseling

Social Work

Speech-Language Pathology

Veterinary Medicine

Top Library and Information Studies Schools

Students who wish to become librarians generally must earn a graduate degree in the field. The U.S. News rankings of library and information studies master's programs are based solely on opinions of each program's quality as rated by academic experts at peer institutions.

Best Best Library and Information Studies Programs Schools

Future librarians need a graduate degree in the field.

  • # 1 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
  • # 2 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill  (tie)

Library and Information Studies Specialties

Archives and Preservation

Digital Librarianship

Health Librarianship

School Library Media

Services for Children and Youth

Top Public Affairs Schools

Earning a master's degree in public affairs and administration can help prepare students for leadership roles in government, the nonprofit sector or a related field. The U.S. News rankings of public affairs programs are based solely on opinions of each program's quality as rated by academic experts at peer institutions.

Best Best Public Affairs Programs Schools

Earn a master's degree in public affairs can help prepare for leadership roles.

  • # 1 Indiana University--Bloomington  (tie)
  • # 1 Syracuse University  (tie)
  • # 3 Harvard University

Public Affairs Specialties

Environmental Policy and Management

Health Policy and Management

Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Information and Technology Management

International Global Policy and Administration

Local Government Management

Nonprofit Management

Public Finance and Budgeting

Public Management and Leadership

Public Policy Analysis

Social Policy

Urban Policy

Top Science Schools

Students interested in furthering their knowledge of the sciences can explore programs ranging from chemistry to physics. The U.S. News graduate science rankings are based solely on ratings of each program's quality by academics.

Science Specialty Rankings

Biological Sciences


Computer Science

Earth Sciences


Top Social Sciences and Humanities Schools

Graduate programs ranked in the social sciences and the humanities range from economics to sociology. The U.S. News rankings are based solely on ratings of each program's quality by academics.

Social Sciences and Humanities Specialty Rankings


Political Science

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#1 Best Graduate School of Education, Penn GSE (Graphic rendering)

For the first time, Penn’s Graduate School of Education has topped the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings for graduate schools of education . The school shares the #1 spot with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and the ranking marks the sixth consecutive year Penn GSE has been in the top 5.

“We are honored to be ranked in the top position, especially during this difficult year. Credit goes to Penn GSE’s extraordinary faculty, researchers, partners, students, alumni, and staff who work together to further our mission of expanding educational access, especially to those who are underserved or marginalized,” said Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman .

The U.S. News & World Report  rankings also highlight Penn GSE’s strength across a variety of disciplines. For 14 years running, Penn GSE's leadership in the world of education policy has been reflected with top 10 positions – both the  Education Policy Division  and the Higher Education Division  moved up to the #5 spots in their respective categories.

Penn GSE’s  teacher education programs  have also been recognized among the nation’s best, with Secondary Teacher Education named as a top specialty area. The School’s excellence in preparing students to build creativity in the classroom has been recognized for the third year in a row with a ranking in  Curriculum and Instruction .

For the fourth straight year, Penn GSE’s  Education Administration  programs were highlighted, and the School also ranked highly in Educational Psychology for the second time in three years.

Grounded in a commitment to research backed up by over $60 million in funded work, Penn GSE is an Ivy League school committed to finding solutions to the challenges facing education. World-renowned faculty are among the most accomplished in their fields. 

Students have tremendous opportunities to develop tight-knit relationships with education’s leading scholars and participate in cutting-edge research. With some of the most selective doctoral programs in the country, Penn GSE has approximately two doctoral candidates for every standing faculty member. Master’s students benefit from a rigorous atmosphere that emphasizes real-world applications for every lesson. Penn GSE also offers a range of executive-style degrees that prepare professionals to be thought leaders and innovators in the evolving education landscape.

Current students and graduates have access to career services support through both the University of Pennsylvania and Penn GSE’s own in-house, nationally certified career counselor who specializes in the education marketplace. Graduates join a powerful alumni network that includes teachers and leaders, entrepreneurs, and college presidents.

Penn GSE and its partners continue to provide leadership in the field and work toward making a positive impact through teaching, research, innovation, and transformational approaches to expanding educational opportunity.

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Best Online Doctorate in Education (EdD) Programs in 2022-23

Today’s leaders are faced with new challenges—and one way to elevate leadership skills and find improved ways to run an organization is to enroll in a degree program. That’s why Fortune compiled a list of the top online doctorate of education (Ed.D.) in organizational leadership degree programs. In total, we ranked eight Ed.D. in organizational leadership programs in 2022-2023.

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2. Drexel University

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3. Trevecca Nazarene University

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What you’ll learn in an Ed.D. organizational leadership program

What is educational leadership and why is it important.

Educational leadership is the science of helping individuals achieve success through the management and improvement of educational programs. While it often refers to administrative positions within primary and secondary schools, as well as higher education, degrees in educational leadership can also provide skills to develop new solutions in any field. Continuing education is booming in corporate America, and chief learning officer (CLO) positions are an increasingly important and fast-growing position for graduates of doctorate of education (Ed.D.) programs. These programs help students build transformative leadership skills to spur initiative and foster change both in traditional educational and corporate work environments.

Ed.D. program requirements

Admission requirements.

Admission requirements can vary on a school-to-school basis, but generally include all or a combination of:

  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree and oftentimes a master’s degree, as demonstrated by an official transcript released by the issuing college or university
  • A resume or curriculum vitae that emphasizes relevant work and experience
  • A personal statement that allows applicants to differentiate themselves from other candidates and explain their goals for completing a doctorate in education degree program
  • One or more letters of recommendation from supervisors, professors, alumni, or other professionals 

Is a master’s degree required to get an Ed.D. in organizational leadership? 

Degree prerequisites vary depending on each school and program, though typically, a master’s degree is needed prior to enrolling in an Ed.D. program. Some programs, like Vanderbilt University’s online Ed.D. program, don’t require a master’s degree—though it can often boost a candidate’s application. 

Do you need to take the GRE for an Ed.D. in organizational leadership? 

Like other program prerequisites, whether or not you need to take the GRE test (and submit your score) will depend on the institution. Among the eight Ed.D. programs on Fortune’s ranking, none of the schools require applicants to submit a GRE score. That said, a GRE score may be an application requirement for some universities and other Ed.D. program options that didn’t appear on Fortune’s ranking.  

Frequently Asked Questions

An Ed.D is a doctorate in education , and it’s a program meant for individuals who hope to become leaders in their field—and it prepares students for administration or leadership positions in academics and beyond. The focus of these programs is to give students the skills to develop new solutions within the industry. Through coursework and collaboration among peers, students will be able to use what they learn and apply it to both their work and dissertation. 

If you’re looking to make a difference in organizational leadership, and earn a higher salary—the answer is yes. A doctorate in education can teach students how to use resources available to them in efforts to combat institutional issues. What’s more, this degree program provides individuals with a professional network and a greater appreciation and deeper passion for the education industry. Additionally, applicants who are already working in the field will have the option to move up the ladder and achieve their career goals with an advanced degree.

The perspective gained by students enrolled in organizational Ed.D programs lends itself to multiple roles in the education industry, particularly leadership roles—that can mean becoming a university dean, a principal, or a superintendent. People beyond education may find value in this degree, as well, and it’s applicable in corporate roles such as a chief learning officer . A doctorate in education in organizational leadership is tailored to those who hope to lead effectively and ethically. A Nova Southeastern University Ed.D program professor told Fortune that the program’s goal is to make its lessons, assignments, and discussion relevant in the real world. Programs with a focus on organizational leadership give students the time and space needed to develop the resources to address challenges in their given industry, with the goal of finding long-lasting solutions.

How long it will take to earn a doctorate in education can depend on two things: Whether a student is full-time or part-time and whether the program is online. But of course, there are multiple factors that contribute to the length of time needed for different programs, like credits needed to graduate and specializations. Ed.D programs can generally take two to three years to complete; for example, Vanderbilt University’s Ed.D. program in leadership and learning is a three-year commitment.

While both a Ph.D and an Ed.D. are graduate degree paths that typically appeal to people who want to pursue careers in education, they have different purposes . An Ed.D is for people who want leadership positions in the education field, whereas a Ph.D really focuses on the study of education itself. Most students who earn a Ph.D in education go on to become professors. The options are wider with a doctorate in education, in that students can pursue leadership roles in both primary and secondary education. 

Online Ed.D. programs offer accessibility and flexibility for those people looking to leadership roles in education or more broadly. By attending classes online, students can choose the institution and degree program that’s the best fit for them—while still obtaining transformative skills which can be utilized in corporate and traditional educational environments. Online programs can make the task of balancing school, a full-time job, and personal commitments more manageable, and can potentially save on cost.  

Since an Ed.D. is similar to a traditional Ph.D., some programs do require a research-based project, typically fulfilled as a dissertation. However, some Ed.D. programs don’t require a dissertation at all, and other programs have shifted to alternative examination strategies, such as a capstone project or dissertation in practice (DiP). In addition to eliminating Ed.D. specializations, Johns Hopkins University is also moving to a choose-your-own-adventure style in which students present their work in a variety of formats beyond the traditional dissertation model.


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