UAB graduate programs continue to shine in latest US News & World Report rankings

Across its esteemed academic campus, UAB’s graduate programs continue to shine.

2025 GradProgramsUSNews 550x4131The University of Alabama at Birmingham consistently demonstrates the robustness of its graduate programs, as evidenced by its strong performance in both historical and current U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings.

UAB programs in the schools of Nursing, Engineering, Business and Medicine are highly ranked in the 2025 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings. The full rankings are available online at

“We are proud to see UAB recognized another year by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best institutions for graduate programs,” said Provost Janet Woodruff-Borden. “Our faculty and staff’s commitment to developing top-tier programs has attracted exceptional students and scholars, enriching our campus community and enhancing UAB’s reputation as a leader in higher education.”

Of the main rankings included in this year’s report — curated from data submitted by schools, quality assessment from peers and professionals, and publicly available data — UAB programs that stood out include:  

The School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing program is ranked No. 10, the second time the MSN program has been in the top 10. Additionally, the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is ranked No. 11, the highest DNP ranking since at least 2019.

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UAB’s Master of Business Administration program in the Collat School of Business came in at No. 98, the highest-ranked Alabama school acknowledged.

Specialty rankings recognized in the 2024 report highlighted UAB’s variety in program offerings across graduate schools on campus:

Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

  • 9: Surgery
  • 19: Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 19: Immunology and Allergy
  • 27: Oncology
  • 28: Internal Medicine
  • 28: Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 37: Pediatrics
  • 37: Psychiatry
  • 39: Endocrinology
  • 53: Radiology

School of Nursing

  • 3: DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  • 4: DNP Gerontology, Acute Care
  • 5: Master’s Nursing Administration
  • 6: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • 7: DNP Leadership
  • 8: Family Nurse Practitioner

School of Engineering

  • 69: Biomedical Engineering / Bioengineering
  • 82: Materials Engineering
  • 123: Civil Engineering
  • 131: Mechanical Engineering
  • 141: Computer Engineering

Additional graduate lists for 2024

  • 13: Biostatistics
  • 16: Epidemiology
  • 16: Health Policy and Management
  • 18: Public Health Programs
  • 21: Physical Therapy
  • 24: Social Behavior
  • 29: DNP Nursing Anesthesia Pathway
  • 37: Occupational Therapy
  • 60: Social Work Programs
  • 65: Public Affairs Programs
  • 132: Computer Science (doctoral)


Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering and nursing, including specialties in each area. The rankings in these 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.