STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State's Bagley College of Engineering is nationally ranked among U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" for the second straight year, moving up four notches in the process.
In the latest ranking released last week, MSU is No. 77 among the top 90 doctoral-granting engineering schools in comparison with a No. 81 ranking last year. The MSU graduate engineering program is tied with Auburn and ranks ahead of such institutions as Louisiana State and Kentucky.
"We appreciate the work of the faculty and administrators whose efforts are reflected in the new ranking, and we are grateful for the continuing support of the state College Board as we build programs of national strength and visibility," said MSU President Charles Lee.
The rankings are based on analysis of several indicators that include surveys of engineering deans and graduate studies deans at 198 engineering doctoral-granting institutions, Graduate Record Examination scores of entering master's and doctoral engineering students, graduate student/faculty ratio, number of engineering doctorates awarded, and engineering research expenditures.
"I am excited to see the Bagley College of Engineering move up in the U.S. News and World Report rankings," said Dean Kirk Schulz. "This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.
"The college has a history of excellence in graduate education and research, and the rise in our rankings illustrates our growing stature as a major player in engineering research," Schulz added. "We currently rank fourth when compared with the Southeastern Conference schools, and I anticipate that we'll continue to move up in this peer group over the next five years."
The college, named in honor of MSU alumnus and Texas resident James Worth Bagley, ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation and fourth in the Southeast among colleges of engineering in research expenditures.
Enrollment surpasses 2,300 students studying in 10 major fields: aerospace engineering, agricultural and biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering.
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