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The College earns high marks in US News graduate program rankings


Students in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences smile outside Wexler Hall.

Students from the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, which was included in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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April 24, 2023

Graduate programs in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are among the best in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The College, which offers more than 140 graduate degree programs in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, has seven graduate programs included in this year’s survey.

“It’s wonderful to see our graduate programs in the sciences ranked among the top programs in the country,” said Kenro Kusumi, dean of natural sciences at The College. “From fundamental discoveries to translational research, the natural sciences have a tremendous impact on the communities we serve.”

The School of Earth and Space Exploration ranked No. 14 overall for earth sciences graduate programs, tied with Yale University and UCLA, among others. The school ranked ahead of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Harvard University and the University of Texas–Austin.

Within the earth sciences specialties, the school ranked No. 6 for geochemistry and No. 8 for geology. In geochemistry, the school shares the spot with Columbia, Princeton and the University of Arizona, and ranked ahead of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Harvard University and the University of Texas–Austin, among others. In geology, the school shares the spot with Colorado School of Mines and is ranked ahead of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Columbia University and Harvard.

Graduate programs in earth sciences offered by the school include master’s degrees in geological sciences and earth and space sciences, and a geological sciences PhD. 

The Department of Physics ranked No. 50 overall for physics graduate programs, tied with Virginia Tech and Florida State University, among others, and ahead of the University of Southern California, Emory University and Case Western Reserve University.

Graduate programs in physics offered by the school include the master’s degree in physics and a physics PhD.

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences ranked No. 55 overall for mathematics graduate programs and shares the spot with Boston University and Dartmouth, among others, and ahead of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Rochester.

For the applied mathematics specialty, the school tied for No. 26 with Cornell, Northwestern University and Pennsylvania State University University Park.

Graduate programs in mathematics offered by the school include the master’s degree in mathematics and PhDs in applied mathematics and mathematics.

The School of Molecular Sciences' chemistry graduate program ranked No. 51 overall, tied with Brown, New York University, the University of Arizona, among others, and ahead of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Harvard University and the University of Texas–Austin.

Graduate programs in chemistry offered by the school include a master’s degree in chemistry and a chemistry PhD.

Through first-of-their-kind degree programs, world-class research and innovative learning experiences, The College is committed to improving communities on a local, national and global scale, while supporting the largest and highly diverse student population within ASU.

>> READ MORE: US News ranks 14 ASU graduate programs in top 10 nationwide, 33 in the top 20 

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