U.S. News & World Report ranks MUSC College of Medicine programs among best graduate schools

May 16, 2023

The Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine (MUSC COM) is included in both the research and primary care rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 rankings of the Best Graduate Schools.

MUSC COM ranks No. 56 for research and No. 58 for primary care on the USNWR list. The Best Graduate Schools rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

Lisa Saladin, PT, Ph.D., executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, said, “MUSC is honored to be recognized for its commitment to providing world-class academic education through innovative curriculum and quality clinical training via award-winning faculty who are dedicated to excellence.”

Terrence E. Steyer, M.D., COM dean and vice president for medical affairs, stressed the importance of being recognized in the areas of primary care and research. “Our research funding has consistently risen in recent years, a strong indicator of the quality and significance of the research being conducted at MUSC. Our focus on supporting excellence in primary care is reflective of our commitment to meeting the needs of all citizens of South Carolina.”

Steyer reports that 90% of medical students at MUSC participate in research with a faculty member, ensuring that students explore the many opportunities involved in advancing medical science. About a third of MUSC medical school graduates go into primary care, an increasing area of need that includes internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.

About MUSC 

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,200 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 900 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $298 million in research funds in fiscal year 2022, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 16 hospitals (includes owned and affiliated), with approximately 2,700 beds and four additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites and connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health University Medical Center in Charleston the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.

MUSC has a total enterprise annual operating budget of $5.1 billion. The nearly 26,000 MUSC family members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.