Mason makes strong showing in Times Higher Ed subject rankings

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

George Mason University placed three programs in the top 25 nationally among public institutions in the most recent rankings by Times Higher Education: World University Rankings by Subject.

The Antonin Scalia Law School is No. 7 among public institutions and No. 2 in Virginia, one place behind the University of Virginia.

Scalia Law’s ranking puts it ahead of such institutions as George Washington, American and Boston University, and in company with Vanderbilt, the University of Texas and Temple. It also is ranked 61st worldwide.

“These rankings reflect Scalia Law’s world-class faculty, outstanding student body, and exceptional reputation,” Dean Henry N. Butler said. “This ranking also puts Scalia Law School on a competitive path with the historic University of Virginia Law School, long established as one of the finest law schools in the nation. Scalia Law School continues to provide an excellent legal education, preparing students for leadership in an increasingly complex world.”

Mason’s clinical, nonclinical and health programs are No. 22 nationally among public institutions and No. 46 overall in the United States.

“The rankings reflect the College of Health and Human Services’ commitment to strong, transdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate degree programs,” said Dean Germaine M. Louis. “Our students, faculty, alumni and community partners all help advance our mission to improve the health and well-being of all populations through discovery and innovative practice.”

Mason’s psychology program is No. 23 nationally among public universities and No. 47 overall in the country. The program also saw a big improvement in its worldwide ranking, going from the 251-300 group to the 126-150 group.

Times Higher Education only gives individual rankings to its top 100 institutions worldwide, and then groups them in increments of 25, 50 and 100, the deeper the rankings go.

“It’s exciting to see this kind of international recognition for our Psychology Department,” said Ann Ardis, dean of Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Psychology is one of Mason’s 10 most popular undergraduate majors, and the department rightfully takes great pride in the faculty’s translational research strengths. But it is equally proud of the top-notch education it provides to undergraduates, as well as graduate students and post-docs.”

Times Higher Ed evaluated 11 subjects using 13 performance indicators spread across five categories: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (percentage of international students, staff and collaboration), and industry income.

Complete rankings for Mason (nationally, nationally among public institutions, worldwide):

Law (19, 7, 61)

Clinical, non-clinical, health (46, 22, 176-200)

Psychology (47, 23, 126-150)

Education (58, 43, 201-250)

Social sciences (61, 33, 176-200)

Business (76, 45, 301-400)

Life sciences (78, 48, 301-400)

Physical sciences (85, 53, 301-400)

Engineering (87, 35, 301-400)

Arts and humanities (91, 55, 401-500)

Computer science (95, 64, 401-500)