According to the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best graduate schools, the UMass Amherst graduate program in computer science ranked 20th, while its artificial intelligence specialty ranked 10th and systems specialty ranked 18th.
The annual rankings are based on a combination of expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators about the faculty, research and students, the magazine says.
“We have grown dramatically, with the addition of eleven new tenure-track faculty since 2002. The department has tremendous vitality, with innovative courses and research in some of the most exciting emerging fields.” says Professor and Department Chair Andrew Barto. “It is this expansion and our commitment to interdisciplinary research that helped to raise our ranking from 25th to 20th this year.”