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April 4, 2003

Purdue's grad programs rank among best in U.S. News survey

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's engineering and management programs rank among the top graduate programs in the country, according to a U.S.News & World Report survey released today (Friday, 4/4).

The survey ranks Purdue's graduate programs in the Schools of Engineering No. 9 overall in the country. The Krannert Graduate School of Management tied for No. 24 overall.

Purdue's engineering programs moved back into the top 10 nationally after being ranked No. 12 in last year's survey.

"Purdue engineering continues to earn high marks from both academia and corporate recruiters, which is a result of the quality of our programs, students and faculty," said Linda P.B. Katehi, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue and a professor of electrical and computer engineering. "This is just further evidence that Purdue is a great place to learn about engineering."

Krannert tied with Georgetown University for No. 24 overall among the nation's 325 accredited MBA programs in business and management. The Krannert School of Management's MBA program ranked No. 2 nationally in production/operations management and No. 9 in supply chain/logistics.

"It is great to be ranked among the top 25 business schools in the country," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "We are especially proud to be ranked second in production/operations management and in the top 10 in supply chain/logistics. Both of these areas are critical to the economic success of the state of Indiana, and we're pleased to have achieved such high recognition in them."

Individual engineering graduate program rankings for Purdue were:

• Second, agricultural engineering (Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering).

• Third, industrial engineering.

• Sixth, aerospace (School of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

• Seventh, civil engineering.

• Seventh, mechanical engineering.

• Seventh, nuclear engineering.

• 10th, electrical/electronic engineering (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering).

In a separate ranking category, employers placed Purdue engineering among the top 10 in the nation.

Purdue's engineering program is among the largest in the United States. It encompasses 13 schools, departments and divisions, with 6,312 undergraduate students, 2,248 graduate students and about 270 faculty members.

Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ranked No. 23 nationally. The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business tied for No. 29. Kelley ranked No. 21 last year; Notre Dame ranked No. 34. Last year Krannert ranked No. 28.

The Krannert School has about 2,500 undergraduate management majors, 380 master's degree students, 262 executive education students and 102 doctoral students.

The list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" appears in the April 14 issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands Monday (4/7). The magazine did not rank graduate programs in science, the humanities or social sciences in this year's survey.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Linda P.B. Katehi, (765) 494-5346,

Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Larry Huggins, associate dean of engineering, (765) 494-5349,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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