The six graduate disciplines that U.S. News ranks annually are evaluated on factors that include standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, employment outcomes for graduates, acceptance rates and other criteria. Because each graduate program is different, the rankings methodology varies across disciplines.

According to U.S. News, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University was named the No. 1 full-time MBA program in the country, followed by Harvard Business School at No. 2 and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania at No. 3. The top three business programs were previously tied. Among part-time MBA programs, the Haas School of Business at the University of California—Berkeley returned as No. 1.

In the law school rankings, Yale University held onto its No. 1 spot, while Harvard University and Stanford University tied for second.

Harvard is again the No. 1 medical school for research, with Stanford holding onto the second spot.

The newly expanded nursing school rankings–what the publication says is the first ratings of their kind to use “reputational and statistical indicators”–offer guidance to the increasing number of nursing students interested in advanced practice, teaching and other specialized skills. The University of Pennsylvania was named the top nursing master’s program, with the University of California—San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University tied for No. 2.

The complete version of the new Best Graduate Schools rankings, which includes the full data with extended rankings, will be exclusively available online in the U.S. News Graduate School Compass. To learn more about the U.S. News Graduate School Compass or to order a copy of the “Best Graduate Schools 2016” guidebook, visit the online U.S. News Store. To join the Best Graduate Schools discussion on social media, visit Facebook or Twitter and use the #BestGradSchools hashtag.

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