Harvard has the nation's top medical school and Stanford offers the best training in business, according to a magazine survey that ranks U.S. graduate education.
Yale has the top law school, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the best place to go for a graduate degree in engineering, U.S. News & World Report said in its March 19 issue, released Monday.Duke University has the third best medical school, the eighth best law school and the ninth best business school, said the survey.
It ranked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's business school 17th and the law school 21.
The magazine said a school's reputation among educators and in the outside world was a major subjective factor in the evaluation.
The survey used objective standards - quality of students accepted, value of the degree in the job market and research spending - along with subjective measures.
The top schools in each category were:
Business: Stanford; Harvard; University of Pennsylvania; Northwestern; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Engineering: MIT; Stanford; Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; California Institute of Technology; and the University of California at Berkeley.
Law: Yale; University of Chicago; Stanford; Columbia; and Harvard.