Ranks the Top Graduate Schools in the U.S. for 2021

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Elite companies have increasingly come to expect job candidates to hold master’s degrees from the top graduate schools. For career-minded adults who might otherwise find themselves locked out of the best jobs, a graduate degree can be a door-opener. announces its ranking of the leading schools for graduate degree programs in the United States:

50 Best Graduate Schools of 2021

To see the final ranking order, state-based results, further rankings beyond the top 50, and to create personalized results, visit the link above. Schools featured include.

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas Austin
  • University of Utah
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Yale University

“While colleges and universities continue to provide outstanding options in undergraduate degree programs, the level of skill demanded at the highest corporate and research echelons can only be achieved through a master’s or doctorate level of degree,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

“The good news is that higher education institutions are recognizing this, meeting that demand with broader and more flexible grad school degree programs, many aimed at working adults,” adds Macosko. “The grad schools in our ranking stand out as those whose students and faculty contribute the most to their fields of study, which ultimately improves life for us all. These schools graduate and employ the world’s most influential people, and we’re spotlighting them for that reason.”

Founded in October 2016, with funding assistance from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Influence Networks developed the proprietary InfluenceRanking Engine used by This innovative ranking technology uses machine learning to achieve unbiased results that resist manipulation. The InfluenceRanking Engine scours major web-based data repositories to map and measure the impact of a school’s thought leadership. Students now have a superior, trustworthy resource found at no other ranking site. See the About page for further details on the unique capabilities and advantages of this ranking technology.

“The kind of student who pursues a graduate education appreciates cutting-edge tools that provide better results,” says Macosko. “ offers not only a superior ranking tool, but also hosts a growing array of resources to make the graduate school test prep, school search, and application processes easier. Students with questions about grad school can visit our site to get the answers they need.” is the preeminent technology-driven rankings site dedicated to students, researchers, and inquirers from high school through college and beyond, offering resources that connect learners to leaders. is a part of the EducationAccess group, a family of sites dedicated to lifelong learning and personal growth, including Influence Networks, (nonfiction publishing and publishers of Bright Notes), (instructional video library and easy instructional video creation with 3D elements), (free, online library and reader), and soon, Success Portraits (personalized strengths inventory for college and career).


Jed Macosko, Ph.D.
Academic Director

(682) 302-4945


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