The US continues to be a top destination for higher education among international students, with an increasing number of students applying every year — especially graduate students. In 2021, the number of applications hit a record high at more than 550,000. Top-ranked universities play a big role in driving demand, and with new graduate rankings just announced, international applicants can be confident their degree will open doors to employers around the world.
U.S. News & World Report recently announced its 2022 rankings for best graduate programs in the US, and we want to spotlight several Shorelight universities featured in the top 100! Read on to learn about the new rankings and how top-ranked graduate programs can help international students succeed.
How Do International Students Benefit from Graduate Programs?
A graduate program or master’s degree helps students deepen their existing knowledge of their chosen fields, introduces advanced concepts and ideas, offers research opportunities, and fosters professional connections. When an international student chooses to enroll in a graduate degree program, they will likely develop in-demand skills for the workplace.
Graduate programs can help students increase their earning potential, too: Graduate degree holders make an average of 20% more per year compared to bachelor’s degree holders. Graduate students can also leverage university connections with top employers and access full-time job and internship opportunities.
Graduate Programs for Business
According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 89% of employers plan to hire MBA graduates in 2021. When studying for a graduate degree in business, students learn from industry experts, explore opportunities for jobs and internships while taking classes, and build their professional portfolios.
For 2022, U.S. News & World Report gave top rankings to the following graduate business programs:
Master of International Business, University of South Carolina — #1
The program, offered through the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, provides a unique focus on the political, economic, and sociocultural sectors specific to global business. Students work toward understanding global interactions between businesses and governments, deepening their knowledge of diverse business environments around the world.
Students can look forward to studying risk management, international politics, and economics, among other international business topics. The curriculum is customizable, allowing students to select one of three tracks: International Trade and Investment, Global Strategy and Leadership, and International Market Development.
Master’s of Accountancy, Gonzaga University — #26
Gonzaga University’s Master’s of Accountancy program helps students develop skills in data analysis, critical thinking, and advanced technical accounting, and offers future accountants the unique opportunity to work in Gonzaga’s Forensic Accounting Lab. The program is one of only 189 universities worldwide with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Graduate Programs for Engineering
Shorelight universities’ engineering graduate programs enable international students to advance their knowledge across multiple engineering concentrations and discover the industry where they want to specialize. With a graduate degree in engineering, students have greater opportunities for high earnings: According to Prodigy Finance, a student loan servicer, students with a master’s degree in engineering can earn an average of $115,000 per year.
The following engineering graduate programs were featured in U.S. News & World Report top rankings for 2022:
Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University — #31
This program equips students with advanced knowledge of industrial engineering methods for industries such as health care, manufacturing, telecommunications, and automotive, among other competitive fields. Students can explore electives in different disciplines within a flexible curriculum, and can collaborate with their graduate program officer to determine their best plan of study.
Master of Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton — #44
Using the University of Dayton’s state-of-the-art facilities, including a wind tunnel and full-motion flight simulator, international students design, analyze, and conceive products or systems. Students can showcase their designs and research, while getting real-world feedback, by participating in international competitions.
Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago — #53
Students learn advanced concepts in physical sciences, computer science, biology, and more, and study with top faculty at the College of Engineering and College of Medicine. Additionally, with the Medical Science Training Program, graduate students can work toward both an MD and PhD over seven years.
Graduate Programs for Public Affairs and Education
To pursue careers in public affairs or education, students gain knowledge across different types of industries, cultures, and policies. This interdisciplinary focus also helps students make unique specializations to determine their own careers, such as adult literacy teachers or administrator positions with local, state, or federal lawmakers.
U.S. News & World Report recognized the following top-ranked interdisciplinary programs for 2022:
Master of Public Management and Leadership, American University — #4
Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), this program trains students with the fundamental skills needed to develop solutions to real-world problems in public management and leadership. Students study subjects across multiple disciplines, combined with experiential learning opportunities to develop their analytical reasoning, contextual knowledge, and communication skills.
Master of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois Chicago — #5
The program combines innovative concepts with technology to help students learn how to address modern urban issues. Students choose from five concentrations – Community Development, Economic Development, Environmental Planning and Policy, Spatial Planning, and Urban Transportation – or develop their own specialization. It is the only professional-grade planning program in the city fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
Master of Education Administration, Auburn University — Ranked #26
Enrolled graduate students explore modern practices, policies, and issues in higher education administration and develop their knowledge and leadership skills in fields such as sports marketing, public relations, and student development. Students can also customize their program (with the help of an advisor) to suit their needs.
Shorelight universities strive to provide international students with a world-class education and value that extends beyond the classroom. With a top-100-ranked graduate degree, students gain the confidence, skills, contacts, and qualifications they need to work towards their dream job in the US, or anywhere in the world.
Want to see which programs and degrees are offered through Shorelight?
Reach out to your Shorelight advisor >