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U.S. News Ranks UMD’s Graduate Engineering in Top 10 Among Public Universities

6 Programs Listed Among Top 15 in Nation

By Chris Bender

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Maryland Engineering’s individual graduate degree programs were ranked in the top 20 among public universities, with six that were among the top 15.

Photo by Riley Sims Ph.D. ’23

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Maryland ranks among the country’s top 10 public universities in graduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2024–25 rankings released Tuesday.

Overall, the A. James Clark School of Engineering ranked 18th among more than 200 public and private engineering schools, rising one spot from its previous overall graduate ranking.

“The research and innovations generated by the Clark School’s graduate programs, students and faculty are driven by their pursuit of excellence and a desire to impact the world around us,” said Samuel Graham, Jr., dean of the Clark School. “We will continue to address the important challenges of our time while developing the leaders to help translate those discoveries to the world.”

The publication this year delayed its rankings of Best Medical Schools, Best Engineering Schools and Best Clinical Psychology Programs. Its other graduate program rankings were published on April 9.

Maryland Engineering’s individual graduate degree programs were also ranked in the top 20 among public universities; six were among the top 15:

Graduate Program




Chemical & Biomolecular3018
Civil & Environmental3119
Materials Science2213

In January, the Clark School’s online graduate engineering program was ranked 6th among U.S. schools and 13th among online engineering graduate programs for veterans. The No. 6 ranking was the school’s first in the top 10 in this category.

Maryland Engineering’s recent accomplishments include seven students, including six graduate students, being awarded Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships and two graduate students being awarded NSF research fellowships. In December, six faculty members received federal funding supporting university research in technical areas of interest to the U.S. Department of Defense. And in March, four faculty members received DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program Awards.

The Clark School is already home to some of the state’s signature entrepreneurial and research hubs, including the $67 million E.A. Fernandez IDEA (Innovate, Design and Engineer for America) Factory and the $86 million Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology (SMART) Building. Construction on a $214.4 million interdisciplinary engineering building, Stanley R. Zupnik Hall, is under way.

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