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UNM Programs Ranked Among Best Graduate Schools in the Country

POSTED: March 2021

UNM School of Public Administration has moved up in rank and has tied for #95 for the 2021-22 Best Public Affairs Graduate Schools across the country by the US News & World Report.


Every year, U.S. News and World Report releases rankings for select university and college programs across the country. Each year it focuses on different types of programs, sometime ranking sciences and other times humanities, etc. Below are those released for 2021, which focus only on Best Graduate Schools Rankings.

The University of New Mexico was listed as having several top 100 programs in the nation including public administration, public health, the nursing school, the medical school, the engineering school and various social science programs.

The list of UNM rankings covered by U.S. News and World Report for 2021 is in alphabetical order below, with specialties listed underneath their parent schools/colleges. Continue scrolling for links to methodology and comparisons, including schools that tied with UNM in certain rankings. For questions or additional information on tied specialties, contact Rachel Whitt.

The University of New Mexico

  • #111 in Best Education Schools
  • #84 in Best Engineering Schools
    • #114 in Biomedical Engineering / Bioengineering
    • #73 in Chemical Engineering
    • #84 in Civil Engineering
    • #66 in Computer Engineering
    • #58 in Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering
    • #59 in Environmental / Environmental Health Engineering
    • #91 in Mechanical Engineering
    • #16 in Nuclear Engineering
  • #102 in Best Law Schools
    • #125 in Business/Corporate Law
    • #9 in Clinical Training
    • #110 in Constitutional Law
    • #79 in Contracts/Commercial Law
    • #108 in Criminal Law
    • #34 in Environmental Law
    • #83 in Health Care Law
    • #151 in Intellectual Property Law
    • #110 in International Law
    • #100 in Legal Writing
    • #95 in Tax Law
    • #90 in Trial Advocacy
  • #28 in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care
  • #81 in Best Medical Schools: Research
    • #11 in Family Medicine
    • #5 in Most Diverse Medical Schools
    • #114 in Most Graduates Practicing in Medically Underserved Areas
    • #40 in Most Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields
    • #57 in Most Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas
  • #60 in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #77 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #89 in Part-time MBA
  • #95 in Best Public Affairs Programs
  • #90 in Public Health

Best Earth Sciences Programs

  • #46 in Earth Sciences (Earth & Planetary Sciences)

Social Sciences and Humanities Doctoral Programs

  • #100 in Economics
  • #89 in English
  • #48 in History
  • #81 in Political Science
  • #70 in Sociology

Methodology and Tied Ranking

#95 in Best Public Affairs Programs (tie) - UNM School of Public Administration

The rankings of public affairs programs, published in 2021, are based solely on peer assessment survey results. In fall 2020 and early 2021, U.S. News surveyed deans, directors and department chairs representing 285 master's programs in public affairs and administration. Two surveys were sent to each school. Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, known as NASPAA, and by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. The rankings of programs in public affairs specialty areas, such as environmental policy and management and public policy analysis, are based solely on ratings by educators at peer schools.

Also ranked #95:
California State University--Los Angeles
College of Charleston (SC)
Mississippi State University
Suffolk University (Sawyer) (MA)
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas (Clinton)
University of California--Riverside
University of Colorado--Colorado Springs
University of Hawaii--Manoa
University of Houston (Hobby) (TX)
University of Miami (FL)
University of Missouri--Kansas City (Bloch)
University of South Carolina
University of Texas--ArlingtonWest Virginia University