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Michigan State University ranked 34th in the United States, 41st in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 10 across 12 research topics. Michigan State University ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 121,482 academic publications and 5,995,580 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 608 notable alumni.

Ranking Category
#41 of 14,131 In the World
#36 of 2,597 In North America
#34 of 2,496 In the United States
#2 of 62 In Michigan
#1 of 2 In East Lansing
#1 of 1,011 For Nuclear Physics
#1 of 1,378 For Education Majors
#1 of 1,090 For Forensic Science
#68 of 7,446 For Alumni Impact
#25 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top10 For 9 other topics

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Biology rankings

Michigan State University ranked 42nd for Biology in the United States and 59th in the World with 27,170 publications made and 1,530,475 citations received. Main research topics: Biochemistry, Agricultural Science, Genetics, Botany, Molecular Biology.

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

Michigan State University
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Biology publications Biology citations
1991 333 743
1992 199 459
1993 221 466
1994 270 835
1995 219 817
1996 458 1754
1997 511 1791
1998 495 1707
1999 477 1953
2000 511 2532
2001 492 2143
2002 530 2519
2003 652 3404
2004 647 3164
2005 596 2983
2006 679 3181
2007 687 4571
2008 777 4284
2009 833 4109
2010 880 4424
2011 881 4089
2012 953 5361
2013 894 4990
2014 992 5563
2015 1078 4760
2016 1165 5391
2017 1097 4379
2018 967 3244
2019 1147 3367
2020 1165 2517
2021 1228 911

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Biology.

Biology subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Horticulture 4 4 8
Agricultural Science 7 7 10
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 5 7 11
Botany 9 9 12
Entomology 10 10 13
Forestry 9 9 14
Toxicology 11 11 16
Biotechnology 11 12 16
Animal Science 15 16 20
Nutrition and Food Science 14 15 29
Evolutionary Biology 24 27 35
Biochemistry 26 28 36
Microbiology 27 28 42
Zoology 26 29 52
Genetics 41 44 54
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 56 60 88
Biophysics 58 63 95
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 51 62 99
Molecular Biology 65 69 106
Nanotechnology 52 56 140
Virology 76 84 167
Pharmacology 73 83 175
Neuroscience 79 92 184
Immunology 77 87 203
Astrobiology 105 118 247
Oncology and Cancer research 84 96 258
Paleontology 102 122 339

Medicine rankings

Michigan State University ranked 67th for Medicine in the United States and 135th in the World with 22,482 publications made and 895,579 citations received. Main research topics: Health Science, Surgery, Public Health, Oncology and Cancer research, Anatomy and Physiology.

Medicine ranking Location
#67 of 1,040 In the United States
#77 of 1,110 In North America
#135 of 4,739 In the World

Michigan State University
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Medicine publications Medicine citations
1991 246 329
1992 104 161
1993 150 199
1994 186 291
1995 142 322
1996 354 814
1997 349 884
1998 355 832
1999 331 1054
2000 365 2119
2001 368 1144
2002 368 1415
2003 444 1627
2004 473 2286
2005 446 1756
2006 522 2431
2007 560 2209
2008 695 2999
2009 735 2425
2010 878 3480
2011 788 3135
2012 835 5761
2013 907 3306
2014 962 3260
2015 887 3154
2016 1151 3387
2017 1066 4177
2018 1060 4015
2019 1278 2244
2020 1391 2394
2021 1731 869

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Medicine.

Medicine subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Forensic Science 1 1 1
Toxicology 11 11 16
Veterinary 15 16 37
Social Work 28 31 39
Sports / Exercise science 31 38 62
Public Health 37 43 68
Clinical Psychology 53 56 71
Gerontology 50 57 78
Paramedicine and Emergency medicine 57 64 86
Nursing 37 45 86
Family medicine 55 64 97
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 51 62 99
Health Science 58 68 102
Psychiatry 56 65 103
Anatomy and Physiology 61 67 110
Healthcare Management (MHA) 55 67 113
Epidemiology 59 70 139
Physical Therapy 64 77 140
Plastic Surgery 69 77 146
Sports Medicine 65 78 156
Respiratory Therapy 64 75 163
Virology 76 84 167
Occupational Therapy 74 89 168
Critical Care Nursing 85 97 170
Pediatrics 66 78 171
Pharmacology 73 83 175
Pharmacy 54 62 189
Urology 69 80 189
Audiology 80 93 191
Anesthesiology 82 94 194
Immunology 77 87 203
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) 68 81 212
Orthodontics 69 77 214
Surgery 84 97 220
Medical Physics 99 111 230
Pathology 75 84 241
Radiation Therapy 85 96 257
Oncology and Cancer research 84 96 258
Dermatology 89 100 260
Cardiology 91 103 262
Biomedical Engineering 100 113 262
Ophthalmology 81 90 272
Sonography and Ultrasound 96 109 281
Radiology and Nuclear medicine 96 106 304
Optometry 103 118 333
Neurosurgery 91 102 384
Gastroenterology and Hepatology 92 104 391
Cosmetology 135 151 541
Dentistry 114 128 567

Physics rankings

Michigan State University ranked 37th for Physics in the United States and 78th in the World with 19,770 publications made and 1,058,050 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Nuclear Physics, Quantum and Particle physics, Atomic and Molecular physics, Astrophysics and Astronomy.

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

Michigan State University
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Physics publications Physics citations
1991 207 293
1992 138 152
1993 169 261
1994 224 329
1995 212 598
1996 318 1516
1997 318 682
1998 316 782
1999 333 905
2000 365 1316
2001 402 1137
2002 399 1693
2003 518 1652
2004 523 2249
2005 616 1996
2006 689 2272
2007 638 2631
2008 668 2863
2009 728 2688
2010 738 4114
2011 804 3885
2012 921 7287
2013 800 5346
2014 801 7518
2015 830 5611
2016 849 6080
2017 711 3816
2018 797 4053
2019 818 3470
2020 795 7933
2021 744 884

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Physics.

Physics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Nuclear Physics 1 1 1
Atomic and Molecular physics 23 23 39
Applied/Engineering Physics 22 22 41
Quantum and Particle physics 26 27 46
Acoustical Engineering 37 38 82
Biophysics 58 63 95
Astrophysics and Astronomy 39 44 106
Condensed Matter Physics 43 46 111
Materials Science 37 40 115
Nanotechnology 52 56 140
Optical Engineering 58 66 185
Medical Physics 99 111 230
Astrobiology 105 118 247
Theoretical Physics 65 73 262

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences rankings

Michigan State University ranked 26th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States and 37th in the World with 19,136 publications made and 841,242 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Sociology, Political Science, Education Majors, Communications and Public Relations.

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

Michigan State University
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Liberal Arts & Social Sciences publications Liberal Arts & Social Sciences citations
1991 147 174
1992 98 185
1993 101 298
1994 147 641
1995 97 115
1996 257 680
1997 254 1310
1998 265 1084
1999 306 795
2000 296 1066
2001 274 1167
2002 302 1130
2003 390 2332
2004 397 1645
2005 400 1751
2006 508 2878
2007 478 2076
2008 631 2489
2009 702 2278
2010 803 2803
2011 748 2890
2012 805 6379
2013 773 2827
2014 831 2859
2015 847 2900
2016 1083 2903
2017 956 3287
2018 924 3852
2019 1006 3170
2020 1049 1920
2021 1111 614

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

Chemistry rankings

Michigan State University ranked 31st for Chemistry in the United States and 69th in the World with 16,609 publications made and 863,697 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Biochemistry, Nutrition and Food Science, Organic Chemistry, Nanotechnology.

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

Michigan State University
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Chemistry publications Chemistry citations
1991 256 534
1992 180 310
1993 211 379
1994 238 543
1995 183 673
1996 329 1431
1997 317 963
1998 350 1045
1999 327 1290
2000 347 1431
2001 349 1120
2002 371 1572
2003 407 1661
2004 435 1870
2005 410 1548
2006 495 1864
2007 515 2129
2008 521 2346
2009 502 1759
2010 559 2206
2011 563 2064
2012 554 2426
2013 532 2196
2014 576 2891
2015 542 2163
2016 537 1912
2017 468 1580
2018 474 1526
2019 480 1288
2020 519 908
2021 501 337

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Chemistry.

Chemistry subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Environmental Chemistry 9 10 20
Nutrition and Food Science 14 15 29
Biochemistry 26 28 36
Biochemical Engineering 18 18 38
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 22 25 52
Organic Chemistry 21 23 56
Inorganic Chemistry 25 26 90
Materials Science 37 40 115
Chemical Engineering 28 32 118
Radiochemistry 15 19 123
Nanotechnology 52 56 140
Computational Chemistry 56 61 148
Pharmacy 54 62 189
Physical chemistry 74 86 286
Petrology and Geochemistry 81 104 293

Engineering rankings

Michigan State University ranked 40th for Engineering in the United States and 112th in the World with 16,105 publications made and 605,379 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Automation and Control engineering, Optical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering.

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

Michigan State University
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Engineering publications Engineering citations
1991 180 171
1992 126 124
1993 147 151
1994 201 173
1995 149 427
1996 230 750
1997 252 480
1998 240 526
1999 260 888
2000 286 868
2001 303 876
2002 359 1555
2003 411 1177
2004 460 1961
2005 506 1368
2006 568 1701
2007 564 1820
2008 601 2240
2009 639 1712
2010 695 2234
2011 698 1920
2012 702 2237
2013 691 2495
2014 680 2853
2015 646 2025
2016 728 2350
2017 591 2403
2018 598 1802
2019 644 1703
2020 692 1165
2021 682 427

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Engineering.

Engineering subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Firefighting and Fire Science 4 4 10
Biotechnology 11 12 16
Agricultural Engineering 11 11 18
Engineering Management 27 27 38
Biochemical Engineering 18 18 38
Applied/Engineering Physics 22 22 41
Landscape Architecture 14 15 42
Product and Industrial Design 23 24 44
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 22 25 52
Renewable Energy Engineering 18 19 56
Electrical Engineering 29 31 69
Electronic Engineering 30 34 78
Acoustical Engineering 37 38 82
Computer Networking 41 46 87
Nuclear Engineering 27 30 87
Robotics 31 35 89
Automation and Control engineering 35 41 108
Materials Science 37 40 115
Human-Computer Interaction 49 57 116
Chemical Engineering 28 32 118
Environmental Engineering 35 39 119
Remote Sensing 55 61 129
Computer Engineering 58 63 132
Structural Engineering 32 37 133
Transportation Engineering 47 56 134
Mechanical Engineering 34 38 135
Nanotechnology 52 56 140
Automotive Engineering 35 41 152
Systems Engineering 39 48 154
Architectural Engineering 28 32 157
Technical Drawing 55 61 161
Construction Management 43 50 163
Operations Research 54 64 163
Aerospace Engineering 80 84 169
Marine Engineering 37 43 170
Reliability and Quality Engineering 58 69 176
Civil Engineering 36 41 176
Metallurgical Engineering 38 45 179
Aviation 76 83 182
Optical Engineering 58 66 185
Industrial Engineering 55 67 197
Architecture 64 75 235
Telecommunications 69 85 236
Biomedical Engineering 100 113 262
Geotechnical Engineering 65 83 272
Mining Engineering 63 83 375
Petroleum Engineering 105 121 418

Environmental Science rankings

Michigan State University ranked 24th for Environmental Science in the United States and 38th in the World with 12,022 publications made and 655,328 citations received. Main research topics: Ecology, Agricultural Science, Geography and Cartography, Environmental Management, Geology.

Environmental Science ranking Location
#24 of 750 In the United States
#27 of 818 In North America
#38 of 4,023 In the World

Michigan State University
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Environmental Science publications Environmental Science citations
1991 74 183
1992 41 114
1993 58 119
1994 83 196
1995 62 87
1996 133 296
1997 173 475
1998 165 608
1999 176 688
2000 215 1237
2001 216 1113
2002 181 690
2003 275 2051
2004 271 1116
2005 290 1824
2006 279 1444
2007 320 2225
2008 403 2037
2009 398 2178
2010 461 2307
2011 490 2797
2012 506 2336
2013 489 2412
2014 576 2863
2015 587 3504
2016 674 3047
2017 634 3025
2018 502 2076
2019 574 2409
2020 587 1229
2021 698 548

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Environmental Science.

Environmental Science subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Agricultural Science 7 7 10
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 5 7 11
Forestry 9 9 14
Environmental Chemistry 9 10 20
Ecology 14 15 22
Environmental Management 16 17 28
Geography and Cartography 26 28 42
Hydrology and Water resources management 33 39 62
Urban and Regional planning 25 27 76
Environmental Engineering 35 39 119
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science 78 89 214
Oceanography 83 99 263
Geotechnical Engineering 65 83 272
Earth science and Geophysics 86 102 277
Petrology and Geochemistry 81 104 293
Geology 90 110 310
Paleontology 102 122 339
Mining Engineering 63 83 375

Psychology rankings

Michigan State University ranked 28th for Psychology in the United States and 34th in the World with 11,829 publications made and 976,688 citations received. Main research topics: Social Psychology, Child Psychology, Education Majors, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science.

Psychology ranking Location
#28 of 981 In the United States
#30 of 1,047 In North America
#34 of 3,654 In the World

Michigan State University
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Psychology publications Psychology citations
1991 89 230
1992 40 99
1993 76 662
1994 80 572
1995 59 208
1996 143 747
1997 142 1136
1998 161 1130
1999 174 858
2000 179 1158
2001 168 1517
2002 205 1207
2003 250 4104
2004 224 2105
2005 261 2858
2006 288 3600
2007 306 3237
2008 430 3102
2009 454 3612
2010 512 3015
2011 488 3349
2012 524 3599
2013 497 2792
2014 561 2913
2015 529 2515
2016 615 2520
2017 649 2567
2018 456 1759
2019 511 999
2020 542 859
2021 708 414

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Psychology.

Psychology subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Education Majors 1 1 1
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 7 7 7
Social Psychology 12 12 12
Child Psychology 22 24 26
Special Education 26 28 38
Social Work 28 31 39
Sexology 44 48 57
Cognitive Science 45 49 60
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 35 42 70
Clinical Psychology 53 56 71
Psychiatry 56 65 103
Occupational Therapy 74 89 168
Neuroscience 79 92 184

Computer Science rankings

Michigan State University ranked 41st for Computer Science in the United States and 63rd in the World with 10,843 publications made and 677,033 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Science, Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Computer Vision, Neuroscience.

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

Michigan State University
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Computer Science publications Computer Science citations
1991 68 170
1992 47 90
1993 59 149
1994 83 247
1995 62 109
1996 129 619
1997 144 639
1998 145 1117
1999 174 642
2000 131 1056
2001 138 892
2002 205 1433
2003 220 1757
2004 281 2123
2005 310 2022
2006 287 1664
2007 319 2414
2008 362 1676
2009 401 3741
2010 456 2039
2011 428 1868
2012 454 2882
2013 441 1722
2014 479 2395
2015 488 2320
2016 592 2222
2017 558 2829
2018 538 2755
2019 647 3193
2020 713 1955
2021 729 579

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Computer Science.

Computer Science subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Game Design and Development 15 17 23
Database Administration 22 23 26
Multimedia 20 23 26
Information Technology 21 22 34
Management Information Systems 19 21 37
Library and Information science 30 36 50
Artificial Intelligence (AI) 28 32 54
Cyber Security 33 34 54
Computer Vision 26 28 59
Cognitive Science 45 49 60
Machine Learning 32 37 62
Data Science 45 49 69
Computer Networking 41 46 87
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 56 60 88
Blockchain and Cryptography 44 48 89
Robotics 31 35 89
Computational Linguistics 41 47 100
Human-Computer Interaction 49 57 116
UX/UI Desgin 55 61 130
Computer Engineering 58 63 132
Software Engineering 46 58 149
Animation 67 78 182
Neuroscience 79 92 184
Telecommunications 69 85 236
Computer Graphics 87 102 272
Web Design and Development 92 110 356

Business rankings

Michigan State University ranked 31st for Business in the United States and 44th in the World with 7,525 publications made and 441,948 citations received. Main research topics: Marketing, Public Policy / Administration, Management Information Systems, Advertising, Investment Banking and Stock trading.

Business ranking Location
#31 of 834 In the United States
#33 of 900 In North America
#44 of 4,001 In the World

Michigan State University
Business Publications & Citations

Year Business publications Business citations
1991 61 141
1992 22 9
1993 52 177
1994 68 216
1995 50 124
1996 109 505
1997 135 544
1998 145 756
1999 129 627
2000 166 643
2001 125 993
2002 166 1039
2003 192 1473
2004 198 1390
2005 190 1387
2006 235 1570
2007 216 1217
2008 269 1250
2009 314 1152
2010 346 1711
2011 327 1639
2012 321 1576
2013 351 1104
2014 332 1370
2015 355 1125
2016 478 1489
2017 352 811
2018 263 627
2019 264 692
2020 303 454
2021 287 190

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Business.

Mathematics rankings

Michigan State University ranked 32nd for Mathematics in the United States and 37th in the World with 5,448 publications made and 302,296 citations received. Main research topics: Math Teachers, Statistics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Applied Mathematics, Blockchain and Cryptography.

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

Michigan State University
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Mathematics publications Mathematics citations
1991 50 107
1992 36 131
1993 37 156
1994 45 178
1995 34 69
1996 91 754
1997 69 226
1998 75 201
1999 90 321
2000 104 492
2001 76 260
2002 110 489
2003 97 405
2004 130 539
2005 141 477
2006 135 832
2007 157 584
2008 207 1006
2009 199 986
2010 194 708
2011 197 535
2012 214 623
2013 238 590
2014 241 929
2015 255 1582
2016 290 949
2017 233 529
2018 217 479
2019 280 533
2020 259 478
2021 285 197

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Mathematics.

Mathematics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Math Teachers 4 4 4
Statistics 26 29 32
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 35 37 46
Applied Mathematics 35 40 62
Actuarial Science 52 57 88
Blockchain and Cryptography 44 48 89
Operations Research 54 64 163

Economics rankings

Michigan State University ranked 31st for Economics in the United States and 45th in the World with 4,558 publications made and 235,614 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Development Studies, Political Economy, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Agricultural Economics.

Economics ranking Location
#31 of 654 In the United States
#33 of 717 In North America
#45 of 3,039 In the World

Michigan State University
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Economics publications Economics citations
1991 26 111
1992 28 75
1993 32 47
1994 27 44
1995 23 70
1996 67 635
1997 63 134
1998 71 150
1999 84 294
2000 95 332
2001 68 344
2002 87 611
2003 86 481
2004 81 607
2005 106 443
2006 111 356
2007 124 441
2008 170 818
2009 168 780
2010 190 1013
2011 185 799
2012 213 540
2013 198 599
2014 217 848
2015 195 531
2016 292 812
2017 199 394
2018 175 418
2019 170 508
2020 178 326
2021 204 171

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Economics.

Economics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Agricultural Economics 3 3 4
Development Studies 19 21 38
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 35 37 46
International Trade 28 32 51
Political Economy 33 36 61
Investment Banking and Stock trading 39 42 68
Finance 42 45 71
Environmental Economics 24 27 79
Actuarial Science 52 57 88
International Relations and Diplomacy 50 56 111
International Economics 54 60 135

Art & Design rankings

Michigan State University ranked 32nd for Art & Design in the United States and 51st in the World with 2,319 publications made and 77,660 citations received. Main research topics: Multimedia, Creative Writing, Art History, Literature, Game Design and Development.

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
#32 of 685 In the United States
#35 of 750 In North America
#51 of 2,700 In the World

Michigan State University
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Art & Design publications Art & Design citations
1991 18 18
1992 11 4
1993 5 13
1994 23 6
1995 13 12
1996 31 22
1997 24 34
1998 42 255
1999 59 106
2000 40 13
2001 31 22
2002 37 76
2003 50 151
2004 55 208
2005 60 535
2006 72 337
2007 80 326
2008 80 212
2009 98 216
2010 105 322
2011 104 443
2012 80 222
2013 98 233
2014 111 320
2015 110 267
2016 126 250
2017 127 463
2018 89 166
2019 82 141
2020 109 186
2021 134 41

The following table provides academic rankings for Michigan State University in various areas of Art & Design.

Art & Design subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Entertainment Industry Business 12 12 13
Game Design and Development 15 17 23
Music 14 17 24
Interior Design 12 13 24
Multimedia 20 23 26
Graphic Design 25 28 34
Landscape Architecture 14 15 42
Performing arts 20 24 47
Singing and Vocal Performance 27 31 48
Creative Writing 27 31 55
Fashion Design 28 31 63
Art History 45 49 84
Painting and Drawing 39 43 112
Sculpture 39 43 112
Aesthetics 44 54 116
Photography 48 55 119
Literature 51 58 121
Illustration and Concept Art 46 51 128
UX/UI Desgin 55 61 130
Cinematography 49 56 141
Animation 67 78 182
Architecture 64 75 235
Computer Graphics 87 102 272