The National Research Council (NRC) has released its 2010 rankings of doctorate programs. The council ranked more than 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 fields at 212 universities across the United States based on data from the 2005-2006 academic year.

Universities with outstanding achievements in the NRC rankings 2010:

Iowa State University - The doctoral programs in statistics, chemistry, agricultural sciences, physics, electrical engineering and economics received high marks in data-based rankings released by the National Research Council. Iowa State doctoral programs that placed in the top half of the rankings include psychology; genetics; meat science; health and human performance; computer science; human development and family studies; and chemical engineering.

Indiana University - The National Research Council ranked the doctoral program in Public Affairs between #1 and #11 overall in the rankings of programs in public affairs/policy/administration. The Joint Program in Public Policy (with the Department of Political Science) ranks between #2 and #4.

University of California, San Diego - Three doctoral programs offered at the University of California, San Diego (including Bioengineering) are ranked first in the country, and 60 percent of UC San Diego's programs are among the top 20 programs in their fields nationwide.

University of California, Los Angeles - The NRC report placed many of UCLA's graduate programs in its highest ranks. Of the 59 UCLA programs evaluated by the NRC, 40 placed within a range that extended to the top 10. Only two other universities (UC Berkeley, with 48, and Harvard University, with 46) had more programs that extended to the top 10.

University of Alabama - Twelve doctoral programs rank high nationally for student support and outcomes in the 2010 National Research Council rankings. Eight of UA’s 15 stand-alone programs, and two of three joint programs, that were evaluated ranked in the first quartile for doctoral student and faculty diversity among national peers. Five UA doctoral programs (mass communication, chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics and psychology) all finished ranked among the top 25 to 40 percent nationally in all three dimensions: research activity of faculty, student support and outcomes, and diversity of the academic environment.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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