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Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 4th in the United States, 4th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 1-3 across 62 research topics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 242,073 academic publications and 19,002,440 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 1,646 notable alumni.

Ranking Category
#4 of 14,131 In the World
#4 of 2,597 In North America
#4 of 2,496 In the United States
#2 of 88 In Massachusetts
#2 of 5 In Cambridge
#1 of 4,624 For Engineering
#1 of 4,082 For Physics
#1 of 4,317 For Chemistry
#17 of 7,446 For Alumni Impact
#4 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top1-3 For 59 other topics

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Engineering rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 1st for Engineering in the United States and 1st in the World with 77,037 publications made and 4,322,118 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Automation and Control engineering, Electronic Engineering.

Engineering ranking Location
#1 of 756 In the United States
#1 of 818 In North America
#1 of 4,624 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Engineering publications Engineering citations
1991 1129 2616
1992 712 1256
1993 833 1643
1994 902 1878
1995 758 1891
1996 1238 3198
1997 1277 4430
1998 1278 4792
1999 1370 4651
2000 1318 6678
2001 1295 6454
2002 1505 8028
2003 1649 8251
2004 1829 9448
2005 1924 8151
2006 1985 10159
2007 2171 11069
2008 2307 11851
2009 2609 11194
2010 2813 13500
2011 2695 13621
2012 2635 13771
2013 2931 15359
2014 2981 15076
2015 2896 13617
2016 3035 15910
2017 2635 14040
2018 2747 13294
2019 2624 9956
2020 2696 7346
2021 2563 2843

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Engineering.

Physics rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 1st for Physics in the United States and 1st in the World with 74,744 publications made and 4,747,093 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Astrophysics and Astronomy, Quantum and Particle physics, Condensed Matter Physics.

Physics ranking Location
#1 of 721 In the United States
#1 of 781 In North America
#1 of 4,082 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Physics publications Physics citations
1991 943 2282
1992 634 1420
1993 775 1941
1994 890 1545
1995 771 2159
1996 1196 3648
1997 1247 4803
1998 1306 5065
1999 1411 5740
2000 1397 5639
2001 1521 6178
2002 1510 6481
2003 1765 7468
2004 1864 8930
2005 1959 8654
2006 1936 10036
2007 2084 10915
2008 2157 11623
2009 2454 14773
2010 2611 13796
2011 2514 14007
2012 2443 16056
2013 2694 17430
2014 2675 17398
2015 2623 15951
2016 2894 21230
2017 2576 19180
2018 2651 17053
2019 2712 14980
2020 2573 16158
2021 2322 3745

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Physics.

Chemistry rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 1st for Chemistry in the United States and 1st in the World with 50,745 publications made and 3,508,004 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Biochemistry, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Organic Chemistry.

Chemistry ranking Location
#1 of 717 In the United States
#1 of 778 In North America
#1 of 4,317 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Chemistry publications Chemistry citations
1991 717 2338
1992 491 1062
1993 566 1783
1994 610 1583
1995 536 1709
1996 887 3163
1997 836 3393
1998 832 3511
1999 925 4021
2000 805 4407
2001 902 4694
2002 944 5192
2003 1104 6109
2004 1155 6355
2005 1175 6082
2006 1232 8020
2007 1306 8329
2008 1429 9558
2009 1569 9387
2010 1715 10657
2011 1677 11615
2012 1739 12084
2013 1896 13441
2014 1861 11779
2015 1822 10967
2016 1915 13026
2017 1731 10908
2018 1704 8936
2019 1615 6611
2020 1634 4719
2021 1560 2025

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Chemistry.

Computer Science rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 1st for Computer Science in the United States and 1st in the World with 37,274 publications made and 4,044,394 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Vision, Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Computational Linguistics, Neuroscience.

Computer Science ranking Location
#1 of 858 In the United States
#1 of 927 In North America
#1 of 4,392 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Computer Science publications Computer Science citations
1991 407 2997
1992 203 685
1993 266 1163
1994 357 1681
1995 294 1527
1996 504 2853
1997 537 4944
1998 552 3343
1999 549 5663
2000 601 9341
2001 624 7122
2002 735 8110
2003 782 7724
2004 898 7718
2005 1009 11069
2006 961 8164
2007 1064 8486
2008 1065 7546
2009 1416 14233
2010 1578 10669
2011 1511 18239
2012 1518 11887
2013 1471 10604
2014 1600 12323
2015 1681 16387
2016 1772 14628
2017 1709 15859
2018 1912 16295
2019 2142 13916
2020 2371 10804
2021 2252 3553

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Computer Science.

Biology rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 11th for Biology in the United States and 11th in the World with 34,674 publications made and 5,233,294 citations received. Main research topics: Biochemistry, Nanotechnology, Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Molecular Biology.

Biology ranking Location
#11 of 867 In the United States
#11 of 932 In North America
#11 of 4,496 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Biology publications Biology citations
1991 377 2275
1992 220 1731
1993 269 2632
1994 312 2679
1995 325 2868
1996 526 4324
1997 483 3543
1998 489 4116
1999 565 6147
2000 578 7026
2001 584 7900
2002 592 7109
2003 659 9251
2004 768 11415
2005 777 13186
2006 853 11570
2007 930 14898
2008 1046 15444
2009 1293 18475
2010 1443 18041
2011 1517 23005
2012 1614 21848
2013 1740 25399
2014 1751 23335
2015 1538 17765
2016 1833 20758
2017 1613 17614
2018 1239 10528
2019 1195 8481
2020 1368 7159
2021 1415 2778

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Biology.

Biology subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Nanotechnology 1 1 1
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 3 3 3
Genetics 3 3 3
Astrobiology 6 6 6
Biophysics 7 7 8
Biochemistry 9 9 10
Molecular Biology 10 10 13
Neuroscience 14 14 17
Paleontology 8 10 19
Evolutionary Biology 22 25 33
Oncology and Cancer research 27 28 33
Biotechnology 20 24 41
Immunology 34 36 52
Microbiology 36 40 60
Virology 38 38 61
Pharmacology 46 50 84
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 87 100 178
Agricultural Science 69 79 280
Toxicology 87 100 309
Nutrition and Food Science 49 58 309
Botany 83 101 403
Entomology 123 142 425
Animal Science 104 126 437
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 130 157 482
Zoology 143 167 493
Forestry 139 175 888

Medicine rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 49th for Medicine in the United States and 83rd in the World with 18,608 publications made and 1,861,279 citations received. Main research topics: Oncology and Cancer research, Immunology, Biomedical Engineering, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology.

Medicine ranking Location
#49 of 1,040 In the United States
#54 of 1,110 In North America
#83 of 4,739 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Medicine publications Medicine citations
1991 143 630
1992 80 454
1993 118 1131
1994 157 840
1995 122 1179
1996 250 1746
1997 278 1312
1998 293 1752
1999 309 2273
2000 297 2658
2001 302 2111
2002 322 2505
2003 356 2342
2004 361 2537
2005 384 3234
2006 484 4229
2007 483 4841
2008 569 5521
2009 663 6393
2010 719 6260
2011 770 11886
2012 820 8560
2013 842 6485
2014 886 8941
2015 793 6571
2016 975 9267
2017 899 7523
2018 776 5465
2019 880 5404
2020 1085 5354
2021 1140 1791

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Medicine.

Medicine subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Biomedical Engineering 3 3 3
Pharmacy 1 1 6
Sonography and Ultrasound 21 22 28
Oncology and Cancer research 27 28 33
Anatomy and Physiology 31 34 46
Immunology 34 36 52
Sports Medicine 31 41 60
Virology 38 38 61
Audiology 35 40 62
Cosmetology 39 43 69
Optometry 35 38 72
Pharmacology 46 50 84
Medical Physics 56 63 89
Ophthalmology 48 51 116
Forensic Science 43 48 131
Healthcare Management (MHA) 69 81 145
Health Science 75 87 151
Pathology 64 70 168
Occupational Therapy 75 90 169
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 87 100 178
Paramedicine and Emergency medicine 93 105 188
Physical Therapy 83 98 190
Critical Care Nursing 92 104 197
Cardiology 85 97 246
Public Health 103 121 248
Radiology and Nuclear medicine 86 96 251
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) 81 94 260
Respiratory Therapy 93 106 266
Urology 91 104 291
Toxicology 87 100 309
Radiation Therapy 103 116 332
Gerontology 153 173 356
Family medicine 134 152 356
Sports / Exercise science 128 148 363
Anesthesiology 115 129 367
Epidemiology 114 130 395
Neurosurgery 94 106 397
Orthodontics 108 123 399
Veterinary 77 88 428
Surgery 119 133 437
Dermatology 120 133 467
Plastic Surgery 136 148 493
Gastroenterology and Hepatology 111 124 508
Psychiatry 206 232 518
Pediatrics 130 147 534
Dentistry 131 145 641
Nursing 239 269 665
Clinical Psychology 294 326 735
Social Work 353 391 799

Environmental Science rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 9th for Environmental Science in the United States and 11th in the World with 15,814 publications made and 1,016,039 citations received. Main research topics: Geology, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Earth science and Geophysics, Environmental Management, Geography and Cartography.

Environmental Science ranking Location
#9 of 750 In the United States
#10 of 818 In North America
#11 of 4,023 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Environmental Science publications Environmental Science citations
1991 196 444
1992 89 392
1993 121 458
1994 131 314
1995 85 413
1996 193 655
1997 236 1050
1998 215 959
1999 260 1073
2000 249 1638
2001 231 1112
2002 285 1494
2003 299 1762
2004 342 1744
2005 301 2067
2006 332 2490
2007 376 2337
2008 404 2799
2009 420 2308
2010 498 3484
2011 479 2674
2012 530 2899
2013 723 4351
2014 771 4172
2015 745 3203
2016 751 3539
2017 659 3438
2018 595 2906
2019 630 1790
2020 703 1879
2021 634 545

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Environmental Science.

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 28th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States and 41st in the World with 13,087 publications made and 1,079,135 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Political Science, Sociology, Communications and Public Relations, Linguistics.

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences ranking Location
#28 of 1,262 In the United States
#30 of 1,341 In North America
#41 of 5,073 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Liberal Arts & Social Sciences publications Liberal Arts & Social Sciences citations
1991 88 276
1992 50 196
1993 53 703
1994 92 383
1995 61 334
1996 165 820
1997 177 497
1998 165 781
1999 161 1010
2000 224 3474
2001 216 1963
2002 219 2205
2003 243 1499
2004 300 2671
2005 315 3213
2006 310 2323
2007 377 4010
2008 421 2714
2009 522 2750
2010 478 2798
2011 521 3154
2012 545 3617
2013 544 3797
2014 563 3480
2015 537 4087
2016 625 3043
2017 597 2752
2018 567 2638
2019 644 3781
2020 815 5018
2021 809 924

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

Business rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 5th for Business in the United States and 6th in the World with 10,697 publications made and 952,344 citations received. Main research topics: Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Operations Research, Management Information Systems, Marketing.

Business ranking Location
#5 of 834 In the United States
#5 of 900 In North America
#6 of 4,001 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Business Publications & Citations

Year Business publications Business citations
1991 72 599
1992 45 303
1993 54 644
1994 66 678
1995 63 145
1996 137 619
1997 118 678
1998 156 963
1999 159 1190
2000 237 2470
2001 221 1756
2002 266 2556
2003 297 2159
2004 303 1905
2005 319 1767
2006 303 1705
2007 323 1792
2008 351 2226
2009 452 2093
2010 489 2971
2011 588 6830
2012 470 2439
2013 488 2547
2014 494 2803
2015 518 2501
2016 559 1887
2017 500 2122
2018 356 2767
2019 396 1132
2020 457 1138
2021 445 415

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Business.

Mathematics rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 3rd for Mathematics in the United States and 3rd in the World with 10,604 publications made and 971,929 citations received. Main research topics: Blockchain and Cryptography, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics.

Mathematics ranking Location
#3 of 684 In the United States
#3 of 744 In North America
#3 of 3,376 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Mathematics publications Mathematics citations
1991 89 541
1992 50 86
1993 65 270
1994 84 614
1995 65 392
1996 125 820
1997 129 723
1998 167 653
1999 163 1164
2000 192 1435
2001 168 2089
2002 221 2522
2003 277 2197
2004 259 1971
2005 286 2143
2006 316 1454
2007 338 2189
2008 327 1761
2009 411 1897
2010 429 2476
2011 500 4411
2012 402 1583
2013 461 1784
2014 472 2274
2015 485 3332
2016 522 1814
2017 469 1356
2018 449 1729
2019 477 2155
2020 501 1589
2021 453 1301

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Mathematics.

Mathematics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Blockchain and Cryptography 1 1 1
Operations Research 1 1 1
Applied Mathematics 2 2 2
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 6 6 6
Actuarial Science 7 7 7
Statistics 27 30 33
Math Teachers 61 66 107

Economics rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 9th for Economics in the United States and 11th in the World with 7,284 publications made and 737,223 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Actuarial Science, Development Studies.

Economics ranking Location
#9 of 654 In the United States
#9 of 717 In North America
#11 of 3,039 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Economics publications Economics citations
1991 55 480
1992 17 130
1993 32 163
1994 42 389
1995 33 301
1996 62 397
1997 86 526
1998 102 574
1999 103 1118
2000 152 1623
2001 144 1730
2002 158 2082
2003 192 1121
2004 203 1513
2005 215 1905
2006 177 1512
2007 228 1606
2008 248 2026
2009 288 1670
2010 320 2464
2011 383 4049
2012 302 2066
2013 352 2359
2014 308 1980
2015 335 1677
2016 397 1294
2017 370 1275
2018 251 1794
2019 307 1057
2020 363 1300
2021 342 658

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Economics.

Psychology rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 41st for Psychology in the United States and 57th in the World with 6,969 publications made and 949,849 citations received. Main research topics: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Social Psychology, Child Psychology, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

Psychology ranking Location
#41 of 981 In the United States
#45 of 1,047 In North America
#57 of 3,654 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Psychology publications Psychology citations
1991 65 300
1992 32 237
1993 39 270
1994 42 291
1995 39 217
1996 82 646
1997 76 1610
1998 75 731
1999 104 1149
2000 116 1455
2001 156 1583
2002 125 2339
2003 148 1710
2004 165 1825
2005 179 2319
2006 157 1350
2007 201 1724
2008 194 1664
2009 312 2518
2010 331 2828
2011 363 8176
2012 345 4590
2013 291 2156
2014 304 2593
2015 285 2214
2016 333 2221
2017 347 2903
2018 285 2485
2019 291 1410
2020 369 2063
2021 308 453

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Psychology.

Psychology subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 8 8 8
Cognitive Science 9 10 13
Neuroscience 14 14 17
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 28 30 34
Social Psychology 67 75 101
Occupational Therapy 75 90 169
Child Psychology 135 157 249
Education Majors 131 146 293
Special Education 154 172 339
Psychiatry 206 232 518
Sexology 268 299 552
Clinical Psychology 294 326 735
Social Work 353 391 799

Art & Design rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked 1st for Art & Design in the United States and 1st in the World with 5,032 publications made and 292,708 citations received. Main research topics: Multimedia, UX/UI Desgin, Computer Graphics, Architecture, Graphic Design.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

Art & Design ranking Location
#1 of 685 In the United States
#1 of 750 In North America
#1 of 2,700 In the World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Art & Design publications Art & Design citations
1991 49 44
1992 32 24
1993 39 149
1994 68 417
1995 57 293
1996 89 269
1997 137 1101
1998 109 484
1999 116 338
2000 93 754
2001 101 497
2002 133 800
2003 142 695
2004 178 684
2005 161 675
2006 153 664
2007 160 755
2008 156 864
2009 213 1192
2010 223 1048
2011 224 539
2012 200 377
2013 227 739
2014 218 780
2015 217 550
2016 224 839
2017 187 583
2018 175 653
2019 174 305
2020 165 310
2021 183 112

The following table provides academic rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various areas of Art & Design.

Art & Design subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Architecture 1 1 1
Game Design and Development 1 1 1
Computer Graphics 1 1 1
Animation 1 1 1
Multimedia 1 1 1
Photography 1 1 1
UX/UI Desgin 2 2 2
Graphic Design 2 2 2
Illustration and Concept Art 3 3 4
Music 6 7 7
Painting and Drawing 3 3 7
Sculpture 3 3 7
Cinematography 5 5 8
Entertainment Industry Business 16 16 18
Interior Design 11 12 22
Fashion Design 16 19 29
Singing and Vocal Performance 23 27 39
Aesthetics 17 21 40
Art History 27 30 50
Creative Writing 26 30 54
Landscape Architecture 20 23 68
Performing arts 36 42 93
Literature 92 105 236