You've been out of college three or four years. The future's looking steady, but you'd like a position where you make decisions and you're responsible for project outcomes. That means you're looking for a professional career and the fastest and surest track to those positions is the graduate degree.
The top ten grad schools are categorized by fields.
Top Ten Business Schools:
3. University of Pennsylvania
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4. Northwestern University
6. University of Chicago
7. University of California-Berkeley
10. New York University
Duke ranked 11th
Top Ten Social Sciences and Humanities
You've done undergrad, earned a degree in literature, music, art, philosophy, or a foreign language. You've traveled the French Riviera, substitute teaching blows and you really are ready to commit to teaching. But you'd like to teach college students because detention, principals, and bus routes just aren't for you.
Teaching full-time at colleges and universities are all that more possible with graduate degrees in the arts and humanities. Adjunct positions aren't always easy to get, but many adjuncts stay in their positions for a while and pursue their passions: music, art, writing, and dance while teaching supplements unsteady pay. Naturally, the best grad schools will yield the best results for its graduates.
Check this link for the list of top social science and humanities programs in the nation.
Check this link for the list of top Fine Arts programs in the U.S.
The top graduate schools and universities for 2014 is a list gathered by US News and World Report. The list's been around since the mid nineties and the full report is typically available for a limited time. Check out US NEWS and WORLD REPORT'S top grad schools list here.