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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Graduate program ranks eighth for second-straight year

June 18, 2024
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In the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools compilation, the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University ranked 8th among its U.S. university peers. The College of Engineering’s graduate program ranked 27th overall, once again first in Ohio and moving up to 13th among public universities.

Several other departments within the college also placed among the best programs in the nation. Eight other engineering specialties placed in the top 25: materials (14); nuclear (16); industrial/manufacturing (17); aerospace/aeronautical (18); electrical (20); mechanical (23); computer (24); and chemical (25).

For the U.S. News rankings of graduate programs, 220 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed.

As of autumn semester 2023, 1,776 engineering graduate students were pursuing one of 13 advanced degrees at Ohio State.

“This recognition underscores the exceptional work of our talented graduate students and the high caliber of our graduate programs,” said Associate Dean of Graduate Programs La’Tonia Stiner-Jones.

While overall engineering graduate school rankings are derived from a combination of nine quantitative and qualitative indicators, the publication’s engineering specialty rankings are based solely on peer assessments by department heads in each area. Assessment surveys and statistical data were collected in fall 2023 and early 2024.

Computer science program rankings were included in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Science Schools rankings, which were published on April 8. In this year’s list, Ohio State ranked 27th overall and 23rd in the “Systems” specialty.

“As Ohio’s flagship engineering program, and among the best in the Midwest, we embrace the responsibility to prepare exceptionally talented engineers for careers in a multitude of industries as well as academia,” said Dean Ayanna Howard. “Our continuous improvement in overall and specialty rankings is a nod to the commitment of our extraordinary faculty and staff. We are all invested in our students’ success.”

In last September’s U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Colleges issue, Ohio State’s undergraduate engineering program again ranked first in Ohio and rose 25th overall and 14th among public universities nationwide.


Read the original article by the College of Engineering