Top 5 East Coast Graduate Schools

The definitive ratings for America's colleges and universities are published annually by US News and World Report magazine. Their analysis divides colleges into several categories, divided based on the depth, breadth, and academic orientation of the schools. The so-called "national universities" offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research. These schools are the major league category, so to speak, and our selection of the top five eastern graduate programs began with that list. It diverges from the overall rankings because some of the Ivy League schools in the top ten don't have the extensive graduate programs that would warrant a top ranking for masters and doctorate programs. (See top Masters of Science Degrees Online)

  1. Harvard University is the nation's oldest college, having celebrated its 350th birthday in 1986. US News and World Report also ranked several graduate school categories, and Harvard has the top ranked medical school and business school in the nation. Its law school ranks second in the nation; the school of education is ranked third. One of the best kept secrets about this school is the Harvard University Extension School, which is Harvard for the rest of us. It has an extensive Masters Degree selection.
  2. Yale University is ranked as the second finest university in the nation, and accordingly the second finest in the East. However its law school is relegated the number one spot nationally, its medical school as number six and its business school ranked as number eleven. Its engineering school does not enjoy a top ten ranking, but Yale has strong technology graduate programs which include Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Engineering & Applied Science, Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: It should come as no surprise that MIT has the top engineering program in the country. It also has, somewhat surprisingly, the third ranked business school in the nation. MIT has premier graduate programs in chemistry, physics, biology, and interdisciplinary programs such as Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. The university also maintains the College of Health Sciences and Technology in conjunction with Harvard, which integrates engineering, medicine and science into unique graduate programs and research; this department also issues MD degrees through its status as one of the five academic "societies" at Harvard Medical School.
  4. University of Pennsylvania: Penn is right behind Harvard with the second-ranked medical school in the country. Its business school is ranked fifth n the nation, its law school ranked seventh. Perhaps related to its strong medical program, Penn offers graduate degrees in the following selection of disciplines: Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Bioengineering, Bioethics, Biology, Biomedical Imaging & Informational Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology & Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. That's a remarkable concentration of scientific study and research, and represents just a sampling of Penn's graduate school options.
  5. Columbia University ranks among the top ten universities in the nation overall. Its business school is ranked ninth nationally; its law school rated fourth, and its medical school ranked tenth. Its Teachers College is the second best graduate school in education in the country. Columbia also has some top flight graduate programs that are a little more difficult to find. Columbia's School of Journalism has set the standard for graduate study in the field. Their graduate School of Architecture ranks among the nation's top three. The Columbia School of the Arts is ranked in the top ten for its graduate studies in film, theater, writing and the visual arts.