A number of Minnesota schools appear on U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings of the best graduate programs in the country.

The annual rankings include several lists focused on various types of graduate schools. The list of the best MBA programs in the nation is based on a survey of hundreds of schools, and it takes into account several factors: quality assessments (including those from peers and recruiters), placement success, average starting salary of graduates, employment rates, “student selectivity,” mean scores on placement tests, average undergraduate grade-point average of students, and student acceptance rate. (View detailed methodology here.)

The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management ranked 33rd on this year's list.

“Using experiential learning as the backbone for the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, students have the opportunity to practice real-world business problems and global projects through hands-on learning experiences,” according to U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about why Carlson was selected—including its annual tuition and employment rate for graduates—here.

Meanwhile, the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business in Minneapolis ranked 100th.

“With gratitude to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, and supporters, we’re excited to have attained this new milestone for the St. Thomas community,” Christopher Puto, who after 12 years as dean of the Opus College of Business will soon step down from his role, said in a statement.

Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) all tied for first place. The University of Chicago (Booth) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) rounded out the top five.

View the full list of best business schools here, or view U.S. News & World Report's list of top online MBA programs here.

Top Law Programs And Other Rankings

In addition to highlighting exceptional business schools, U.S. News & World Report also ranked the top graduate programs for several other disciplines.

Yale University topped the law school list, although Minnesota schools were also represented. The Law School at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked 20th, St. Paul's Hamline University ranked 121st, the University of St. Thomas took the 129th spot, and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul ranked 135th.

“We are pleased that Hamline School of Law continues to be recognized for the rigorous academic and real-world opportunities we provide for our law students,” Hamline University President Linda Hanson said in a statement. “It is particularly gratifying the rankings reflect that our alumni continue to successfully secure meaningful employment after graduation. It reaffirms our decision to right-size our recent incoming classes to meet market conditions.”

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the top medical schools for research, the nation's premier grad schools for engineering, and the top graduate programs in education.

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