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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: World Ranking., National Ranking, Subject Specific Ranking (2020)

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MIT Rankings have continuously proved the universities long withstanding academic excellence. As per Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World rankings the university has been at the top of the list for over 8 years in a row. Time Higher Education has ranked the university among top 5 in the world for the past 7 years. MIT also ranks #1 for Graduate Employability as per QS Rankings. 

MIT Sloan School of Management ranks #6 as per Financial Times Global MBA rankings (2020), #3 as per QS MBA rankings and #5 as per US News Rankings for best business schools. Additionally, QS rankings awarded MIT Sloan’s Masters in Business Analytics #1 ranking for the year 2020. 

MIT World Rankings

Attracting talented minds from around the world for over 1.5 centuries, MITs international student strength has risen with its gaining popularity. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is recognized by ranking agencies like QS, THE, US News, ARWU as one of the best higher education institutions in the USA. MIT World rankings by these credible agencies for the year 2020 and 2019 are given below:

Ranking Agency2020 Rankings2019 Rankings
Quacquarelli Symonds#1#1
Times Higher Education#5#4
US News#2-

MIT not only ranks globally, but also honored for its performance across a set of indicators:

  • #4 Best value schools
  • #3 Best undergraduate teaching
  • #3 Most innovative schools
  • #1 Undergraduate research and Creative projects

Apart from standing among the world's top 5 countries, MIT has been a centre for some ground breaking research. Some of these include First human cancer gene discovery and Invented the first computer in Cambridge.

MIT Rankings QS

MIT Rankings by QS have been consistent and the university made it to the #1 position for the eight time in the row this year. The rankings for graduate employability have also improved for MIT. The parameters on which QS generates an overall score for the university is discussed in details below:

Parameter for Overall RankingScoreWeightage
Academic Reputation10040%
Employer Reputation10010%
Faculty: Student10020%
Citations per Faculty99.820%
International Faculty1005%
International Students94.15%

The overall score for MIT Rankings of QS is a perfect 100. The graduate employability is however, judged on the following parameters:

Employer Reputation10030%
Alumni Outcome10025%
Partnership with Employers99.425%
Employer Student Connections96.410%
Graduate Employment Rate87.110%

The university scored a perfect 100 for graduate employability as well suggesting that students who opt for graduate programs at MIT can be assured of guaranteed placements with high ROI. Given below is a graph depicting the overall and graduate employability rankings for the university over past few years:


For the past two years, MIT is not only making it to the top of overall rankings but also to the top of graduate employability ranks.

MIT University Times Higher Education Ranking

Unlike QS, MIT Rankings by THE have been inconsistent over the years. There are various parameters on which THE ranks a university, the score given to Massachusetts Institute of Technology are given below:

Industry Income7.5%86.9
International Outlook2.5%89

Depicted below is the comparison of MIT Global and National rankings for previous years as per THE Rankings:

MIT Time Higher Education Rankings

MIT Rankings ARWU

Massachusetts Institute of Technology makes it to the top 5 list of ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities). The university has been continuously ranking within this position since the year 2003 suggesting that it is one of the top ranking universities in the USA. Given below is a graph showing the previous year rankings of the university:

MIT Rankings ARWU

MIT Rankings US News

Currently honored #2 position globally with a global score of 98.4, US News caters to a variety of parameters for ranking the university. These are detailed below:

Ranking IndicatorsRelative RanksWeightage
Global research reputation#212.5%
Regional research reputation#312.5%
Normalized citation impact#410%
Total Citations#107.5%
Number of publications among 10% most cited#812.5%
Percentage of total publication that are among 10% most cited#210%
International collaboration- relative to country#475%
International collaboration#3545%
Number of highly cited papers among top 1% of the field#35%
Percentage of total publications that are among top 1% most highly cited papers#15%

MIT Rankings CWUR

Center for World University Rankings has ranked MIT among the top three universities for the past two years. Not only does the university lie within the top three for its global rankings but for national as well as quality of education rankings. Given below is a graph of the same:

MIT rankings as per CWUR

MIT National Rankings

Apart from making its mark globally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology continues to have an upstanding national ranking. For over a decade, MIT has made it to the top 5 ranking universities in the USA. Given below are the national ranking of Massachusetts Institute of Technology by different agencies for the year 2019 or 2020:

AgencyMIT National Rank (2020)MIT National Rank (2019)
US News#3-
Washington Monthly-#3
Forbes (America’s Top Colleges)-#4

Harvard University as well as Stanford have been the other two universities competitively taking the top spots along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Comparing MIT with Harvard or MIT with Stanford University can help international students applying for these universities to make a better informed choice. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Subject-Specific Rankings

Around 12 subjects at MIT were ranked #1 by QS subject-specific rankings (2020). Similarly, a variety of programs at MIT are ranked and recognized by various agencies. Given below are these rankings by broad subjects

SubjectsTHE (2020)QS Ranking (2019)NTU Rankings (2019)
Engineering & Technology#6#1#9
Natural Science-#1#2
Social Science & Management#1#5#32
Life Science#4#6#5
Arts & Humanities#4#16-

Furthermore, given below are the global rankings for academic subjects:

Program/SubjectQS Ranking (2020)US News Ranking (2020)THE RankingsNTU Rankings (2019)ARWU (2019)
Business and Economics#1#2#1#2-
Computer Science#1#10#4#19#1
Chemical Engineering#1-#1#24#1
Civil Engineering#1#23#1#51#76-100
Mechanical Engineering#1#13#1#10#6
Electrical Engineering#1#19#1#13#1

Keeping the above rankings in mind, it can be considered that when planning on studying MBA in USA, Physics from the USA, and other subjects, MIT holds a place in all the top ranking institutes for these subjects. 

Though Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded with the nation's industrial revolution in mind, it has profoundly gained a global label through teaching, innovation, and research. 

Undergraduates at MIT are offered an opportunity to engage in faculty led research through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programs. Suite of programs at MIT, ranging from MIT innovation initiative to $1000K Entrepreneurship competition encourage innovation, start-ups and ideas ready to get into the market. Additionally, graduates from MIT are employed at some of the high paying jobs in the USA. 

MIT world rankings are not only indicative of its global standing but the consistency in the same is what makes Massachusetts Institute of Technology the brand name in higher education. 

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