UAB shines in U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings

UAB graduate and professional programs are well represented in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Grad Students InsideU.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings once again showcase the strength of graduate and professional programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A number of UAB programs are highly ranked in the 2023 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings. The full rankings are available online at

The School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in health administration remains ranked No. 1, while the school’s programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy are No. 13 and No. 23, respectively.

The School of Nursing is ranked No. 8 among public schools of nursing and No. 15 overall for master’s degrees. The school is ranked No. 11 among public schools of nursing and No. 18 overall for Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.

Seven graduate nursing specialties also are highly ranked by peers, four in Doctor of Nursing Practice and three in Master of Science in nursing.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs ranked No. 5 in pediatric acute care, No. 6 in adult gerontology primary care and family nursing practitioner, and No. 11 in adult gerontology acute care by their respective peers.

The master’s program in nursing administration ranked No. 4, while the degrees in family nursing practitioner and adult gerontology acute care were both ranked No. 7.

The School of Public Health is ranked No. 19.

The School of Medicine is ranked No. 26 for primary care and No. 32 for research. Three specialties — internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery — are ranked among the leaders in their respective fields.

The school is also ranked No. 26 for medical schools with the most graduates practicing in health professional shortage areas and No. 63 for schools with the most graduates practicing in primary care.

“UAB’s continued competitiveness in these national rankings speaks to the innovative academic programs that make UAB a premier destination for graduate students,” said UAB President Ray Watts, M.D. “I thank our dedicated faculty and staff in all of our graduate programs for their commitment to excellence, as we continue to provide outstanding educational and research opportunities for Alabamians and for students around the nation and the world.”

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine, including specialties in each area. The rankings in these six areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

The data for the rankings in all six disciplines came from statistical surveys of more than 2,150 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,200 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2021 and early 2022.

The magazine also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities on a rotating basis, usually every three years. These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts, as are the health specialties.

U.S. News made a number of key updates to the methodologies this year. For the most detailed explanations of these changes, read each program’s specific methodology.