UT Austin Graduate Programs Receive Top Rankings from U.S. News

March 12, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has the top ranked accounting and Latin American history programs in the nation and more than 50 other science, humanities and professional programs ranked in the top 25 nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report's latest edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” released this morning.

The College of Education and College of Pharmacy are each the fourth best in the nation in their fields (with Education ranking first among public universities for the third year in a row and also number one in research expeditures). And the School of Information (iSchool) is sixth best in Library and Information Sciences.

Among other overall school rankings, the Cockrell School of Engineering is 11th best (sixth among publics). The McCombs School of Business is 17th best (fifth among publics). The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs remains at No. 16, the Jackson School of Geosciences remains at No. 9 for Earth Sciences, and the School of Social Work remains at No. 7.

The University of Texas School of Law climbed one place in the rankings, to No. 15 in the nation. It is fourth best among public law schools, trailing only the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley, all of which charge higher tuition to both in-state and out-of-state residents than UT Law.

“Graduate programs are critical to the research university ecosystem, and UT Austin’s graduate programs continue to be a source of strength, advancing the whole university,” said President Bill Powers, who also serves as vice chair of the Association of American Universities. “We should all be very proud of the progress UT Austin continues to make in graduate education.”

Using quantitative and qualitative measures, U.S. News annually ranks graduate school programs in business, education, engineering and law. Certain other Ph.D. programs and specialty programs are ranked in alternate years based on ratings of academic experts, including faculty members and administrators. Some of those rankings are included in the latest report, which is considered the 2014 edition.

Since 2006, the number of UT Austin programs ranked in the top 5 has climbed from 9 to 16.

Other highlights for UT Austin this year include:

  • Computer engineering moved up four places to No. 5.
  • Mechanical engineering moved into the top 10.
  • Digital librarianship moved up four places to No. 9.

The top rankings for graduate programs are consistent with other rankings for UT Austin, which has been named the 25th best university in the world (Times Higher Education), the 46th best overall university in the United States (U.S. News & World Report) and the 27th best value among public colleges (Kiplinger).

UT Austin has maintained these levels of excellence despite cuts in state general revenue funding. Legislative leaders are now exploring ways to restore some of those cuts. The university also receives less money through state allocations and tuition than its national peers and is the second most efficient public research university in the U.S.

UT Austin graduate schools and programs ranked in the top 25 this year are listed below. These rankings are drawn from early figures released by U.S. News and could grow when fuller lists are published. Check utexas.edu/news for the most up-to-date lists:

Specialty Rank
Accounting (Business) 1
Latin American History 1
Law Librarianship  (Library and Information Science) 2
Information Systems  (Business) 3
Earth Sciences - Geology 3
Education - Overall ranking 4
Special Education (Education) 4
Pharmacy - Overall program 4
Sociology of Population 4
Archives and Preservation (Library and Information Science) 4
Civil (Engineering) 5
Computer (Engineering) 5
Chemistry- Analytical 5
Computer Science -Artificial Intelligence 5
Computer Science - Programming Lang 5
Physics- Plasma 5
Chemical (Engineering) 6
Environmental (Engineering) 6
Ecology/Evolutionary Biology 6
Earth Sciences - Geophysics/Seismology 6
Library and Information Studies - Overall program 6
Entrepreneurship (Business) 7
Part-Time MBA  (Business) 7
Administration/Supervision (Education) 7
Social Work 7
Aerospace (Engineering) 8
Computer Science 8
Computer Science - Systems 8
Math- Topology 8
Physics-Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity 8
Information and Technology Management (Public Affairs) 8
Non-profit Management (Public Affairs) 8
Educational Psychology (Education) 9
Earth Sciences – Overall program 9
Applied Math 9
Digital Librarianship  (Library and Information Science) 9
Mechanical (Engineering) 10
Speech-Language Pathology 10
Chemistry- Theoretical 10
Computer Science - Theory 10
Marketing  (Business) 11
Production/Operations  (Business) 11
Engineering - Overall program 11
Clinical Psychology (doctorate) 11
Information Systems  (Library and Information Science) 11
Chemistry - overall 12
Finance  (Business) 14
Psychology 14
Sociology 14
Mathematics 14
Physics - overall 14
Law - Overall program 15
Public Affairs - Overall program 16
Business - Overall program 17
English 17
History 17
Executive MBA (Business) 17
Supply Chain/Logistics (Business) 17
Management (Business) 18
International (Business) 19
Political Science 21
Fine Arts — Master's, overall program 22

18 Comments to "UT Austin Graduate Programs Receive Top Rankings from U.S. News"

1.  Bruno da Silva said on March 12, 2013

I'm proud to be part of this house.

2.  Rick Cherwitz said on March 12, 2013

While U.S News rankings are not without methodological problems and may not give a complete picture, when combined with data from the National Research Council and other reputable studies conducted by specific academic disciplines, they attest to the high quality of many of UT’s graduate programs. And, as noted in the article, what is truly remarkable is that: "UT Austin has maintained these levels of excellence despite cuts in state general revenue funding. The university also receives less money through state allocations and tuition than its national peers and is the second most efficient public research university in the U.S." With additional funding from the legislature and less interference from the Regents, UT has the potential to become one of the topic public research institutions in the U.S. May it be so!

3.  Mark Vane said on March 12, 2013

Thanks, Bill Powers, for all your leadership!

4.  shahram said on March 13, 2013

Congrajulation For UT Austin

5.  Dr. Bill Curtis said on March 14, 2013

Brilliantly done. The dramatic business growth in Austin over the past two decades has one source--the academic and research excellence of The University of Texas. Shine on!

6.  Monica Medel said on March 14, 2013

Kudos to LLILAS and the LBJ School!

7.  Sean said on March 14, 2013

When UT's Finance can get to top 10, I will apply UT's MBA program.

8.  Jimmy Conner said on March 14, 2013

Makes one proud to be a UTgraduate. Think what we can be with adequate funding.
Jimmy Conner, BA Microbiology 1963, BS 1994 UTMB Physician Assistant Studies

9.  Thomas Van Hoose, PHD said on March 14, 2013

Thank you Bill Powers, UT faculty and staff, Texas Exes and students, and all who have helped make UT Austin the shining star among graduate programs and public universities.

10.  Anthony Weido said on March 14, 2013

Please Gov. Perry, don't mess with a good thing! Texas Fight!

11.  Mark McClure said on March 14, 2013

Great to see the accounting program stay so strong!

12.  Joseph O. Ebeniro said on March 15, 2013

Keep on shining. I am really proud to be a product of my UTA. Jackson School of Geosciences, keep up the effort with the training of world class geoscientist. We appreciate

13.  Hook 'em! said on March 15, 2013

I am especially proud of LLILAS and UT Law.

14.  Steve said on March 15, 2013

Changing the world one step at a time once again. Way to go UT!

15.  Eric Fellows said on March 15, 2013

Evidently President Powers is doing an exemplary job. May he continue to do so for years to come.

16.  Pam said on March 16, 2013

So proud of my daughter who will receive her MPA in May 2013. Signed with a Big 4 firm and has already passed 2 out of 4 parts of the CPA. Thanks to UT for an outstanding education at a great price.

17.  John Kent said on March 20, 2013

Interesting that Times Higher Education ranks us 25th worldwide, while U.S. News gives us a much-less-charitable 46th in the U.S. I am not too familiar with U.S. News' methodology, but there's reason to suspect at least a whiff of bias toward the elite institutions on the East and West Coasts, where the media empires reside.

18.  MG said on March 21, 2013

The link for Latin American history is incorrect. The Latin American history program is housed in the History department, not LLILAS. LLILAS is an area center which draws on faculty affiliates throughout the campus.