U.S. News & World Report rates the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences program 36th best, up from 54th in 2002
Recent rankings from U.S. News & World Report's 2007 edition of America's best graduate schools rate the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon the 36th best graduate program of Biological Sciences in the nation. The last time the sciences were assessed, in 2002, the Ph.D. program was rated 54th.
Of the overall 228 doctoral programs in Biological Sciences that were evaluated, the Department of Biological Sciences shares the #36 slot with programs at the Mayo Clinic, University of Arizona and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and is classified above such programs as Pennsylvania State University - University Park and Michigan State University.
In recent years, the Department has focused efforts on expanding its research offerings to encompass such programs as neuroscience and biotechnology as well as increasing the size of its current graduate program.
Unlike many of the universities ranked in the top 70, Carnegie Mellon's Ph.D. in Biological Sciences is a small, research-intensive program. The Department of Biological Sciences features a low student-faculty ratio to ensure that each student receives individualized attention and advising. The Ph.D. program also focuses on interdisciplinary education, encouraging students to collaborate with programs in Computer Science, Chemistry and Psychology, among others.