Best Grad Schools in the US
Per the annual 'US News & World Report' ranking
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2017 11:31 AM CDT
Higher degree, maybe a higher paycheck.   (Getty Images/vm)

(Newser) – While some claim earning an undergrad degree doesn't take much more than "hanging out on a college campus" for four years, getting into and succeeding at graduate school is a bit tougher—especially if you gain entry to one of the top schools in the nation. US News & World Report has issued its annual ranking of the best post-undergrad institutions in the US, with USA Today noting an advanced degree can lead to a climb up the career ladder and a higher paycheck to go with it. Here, the schools that took the top three spots in each category:

  • Business: Harvard, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School (tied for first); University of Chicago-Booth School
  • Engineering: MIT, Stanford, University of California-Berkeley
  • Law: Yale, Stanford, Harvard
  • Education: Harvard, Stanford, UCLA (tied for third with University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Nursing (Master's): Duke, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice): Duke, Johns Hopkins, University of Washington
  • Medical (Research): Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins
  • Medical (Primary Care): University of Washington, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of California-San Francisco
See what other grad schools made the cut here. (Looking for a different college experience? Here, the top party schools in the nation.)

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