UT Austin’s Geosciences, Engineering, Education, Law, Business Schools in Top 15 in New US News Rankings

March 11, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate schools in business, education, engineering, geosciences and law are all ranked among the Top 15 in the nation and the university’s accounting program is No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” released this morning.

In all, approximately 30 science, humanities and professional programs are ranked in the Top 15 nationally, according to the rankings, which are based on quantitative and qualitative measures, including GRE scores, student/faculty ratio, research expenditures, job placement success and ratings of academic experts, national faculty members and administrators.

The Jackson School of Geosciences is tied 8th best in Earth Sciences (4th among public universities), up one spot from its previous ranking. The College of Education is 10th best in the nation (4th among publics). The Cockrell School of Engineering is 10th best (6th among publics), climbing one rank from last year. The McCombs School of Business is 15th best (4th among publics), climbing two places from last year.  The University of Texas School of Law is at No. 15 (4th among publics), just as it was last year.

Several other graduate schools at UT Austin remain nationally ranked according to U.S. News & World Report data from 2011 - 2013 that was not revised this year. (The publication does not rank every discipline in every year).  The College of Pharmacy remains No. 4 both overall and among publics; the School of Information (iSchool) remains No. 6 in Library and Information Sciences (5th among publics); the School of Social Work’s master’s program remains No. 7 (4th among publics); and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs remains No. 16 (8th among publics).

“We are focused on making UT Austin the best public research university in America. This year’s rankings demonstrate that our goal remains within reach — and that our graduate students and faculty are central in our efforts to achieve and maintain excellence,” said President Bill Powers, who also serves as chair of the Association of American Universities. “Strong graduate programs elevate the entire university as well as the state and nation.”

The report also includes rankings for some individual graduate programs. Those ranked in the Top 5 according to the new data include:

  • Accounting (McCombs School of Business) -  No. 1
  • Information Systems (McCombs School of Business) -  No. 3
  • Civil Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 3
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 4
  • Plasma Physics (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 3
  • Analytical Chemistry (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 4

The graduate programs’ sustained excellence helps generate new knowledge and cultivate an intellectual environment that directly benefits UT Austin’s undergraduate mission and its students.

The top rankings for graduate programs are also consistent with other rankings for UT Austin, which has been named the 27th best university in the world (Times Higher Education), the 52nd best overall university in the United States (U.S. News & World Report) and the 21st best value among public colleges (Kiplinger). UT Austin has maintained these levels of excellence and improved in many rankings despite cuts in state support over the past decade. The university also receives less money through state allocations and tuition than its national peers and, as of 2011, was the second most efficient public research university in the U.S.

UT Austin graduate schools and programs ranked in the Top 30 based on new data this year are listed below. These rankings are drawn from early figures released by U.S. News & World Report and could grow when fuller lists are published. Check utexas.edu/news for the most up-to-date lists:

  • School of Law -  No. 15
  • McCombs School of Business -  No. 15
  • Accounting (McCombs School of Business) -  No. 1
  • Information Systems (McCombs School of Business) -  No. 3
  • Part-time MBA (McCombs School of Business) – No. 6
  • Entrepreneurship (McCombs School of Business) -  No. 7
  • Marketing (McCombs School of Business) -  No. 10
  • Production/Operations (McCombs School of Business) - No. 11
  • Executive MBA Program (McCombs School of Business) – No. 13
  • Management (McCombs School of Business) – No. 14
  • Finance (McCombs School of Business) – No. 15
  • International Business (McCombs School of Business) – No. 16
  • Supply Chain/Logistics (McCombs School of Business) – No. 18
  • College of Education -  No. 10
  • Administration/Supervision (College of Education) -  No. 6
  • Special Education (College of Education) -  No. 6
  • Educational Psychology (College of Education)  -  No. 9
  • Curriculum/Instruction (College of Education) -  No. 11
  • Higher Education Administration (College of Education) -  No. 16
  • Secondary Teacher Education (College of Education) - No. 16
  • Cockrell School of Engineering -  No. 10
  • Civil Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 3
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 4
  • Chemical Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 6
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 8
  • Computer Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 9
  • Mechanical Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 10
  • Electrical Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 12
  • Biomedical Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 15
  • Materials Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 22
  • Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) -  No. 25
  • Plasma Physics (College of Natural Sciences) – No. 3
  • Analytical Chemistry (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 4
  • Ecology/Evolutionary Biology - (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 7
  • Artificial Intelligence (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 7
  • Programming Language (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 8
  • Computer Science - Systems (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 8
  • Mathematics - Analysis (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 8
  • Topology (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 8
  • Computer Science (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 9
  • Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity Physics  (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 9
  • Applied Math (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 10
  • Theoretical Chemistry (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 12
  • Chemistry (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 12
  • Organic Chemistry  (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 13
  • Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics (College of Natural Sciences) -  No. 14
  • Physics (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 14
  • Mathematics (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 14
  • Biological Sciences (College of Natural Sciences) - No. 30
  • Earth Sciences (Jackson School of Geosciences) - No. 8
  • Geology (Jackson School of Geosciences) - No. 5

UT Austin graduate schools and programs that remain in the Top 30 based on previous data that is only updated every several years (and was not revised this year) include:

  • College of Pharmacy -  No. 4
  • School of Social Work -  No. 7
  • LBJ School of Public Affairs -  No. 16
  • Information and Technology Management (LBJ School of Public Affairs) - No. 8
  • Nonprofit Management (LBJ School of Public Affairs) -  No. 8
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (LBJ School of Public Affairs) -  No. 16
  • Public Management Administration (LBJ School of Public Affairs) -  No. 14
  • Public-Policy Analysis (LBJ School of Public Affairs) -  No. 11
  • Social Policy (LBJ School of Public Affairs) -  No. 14
  • Petroleum Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) – No. 1
  • Speech-Language Pathology (Moody College of Communication)  -  No. 10
  • Audiology (Moody College of Communication)  - No. 21
  • Latin American History (College of Liberal Arts) -  No. 1
  • Sociology of Population (College of Liberal Arts) -  No. 4
  • Clinical Psychology (College of Liberal Arts) -  No. 11
  • Sociology (College of Liberal Arts) -  No. 14
  • Psychology (College of Liberal Arts)  -  No. 14
  • English (College of Liberal Arts)  -  No. 17
  • History (College of Liberal Arts)  -  No. 17
  • Political Science (College of Liberal Arts) -  No. 21
  • Economics (College of Liberal Arts)  -  No. 26
  • Master of Fine Arts -  No. 22
  • Printmaking (College of Fine Arts) – No. 10
  • Sculpture (College of Fine Arts) – No. 15
  • Painting/Drawing (College of Fine Arts) -  No. 16
  • Law Librarianship (School of Information) -  No. 2
  • Archives and Preservation (School of Information) -  No. 4
  • Library Sciences (School of Information) -  No. 6
  • Digital Librarianship (School of Information) -  No. 9
  • Information Systems (School of Information) -  No. 11

For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512 471 3151;  Gary Susswein, Office of the President, 512-471-4945.

12 Comments to "UT Austin’s Geosciences, Engineering, Education, Law, Business Schools in Top 15 in New US News Rankings"

1.  Hakerm Shoola said on March 11, 2014

Wow this university continues to progress and evolve. Number one in accounTing!!!!! Shows why ut is the most desirable university in the world. Go longhorns Hook em. Continue to move in ranks.

2.  Prince Nelson John said on March 12, 2014

Please kindly advice on how to secure admission into your Geoscience Department for PhD programme ,thanks

3.  Proud Parent said on March 17, 2014

I have Goosebumps thinking of the #1 accounting program in our backyard. My son will be an entering freshman in the McCombs School for Fall 2014 majoring in..you guessed it. Hook 'em!

4.  Mohammad amin Ghiassee said on March 28, 2014

Wow! this university is really marvelous. I study in sharif university in Iran_Tehran. but now l wish I study in this university one day in future.

5.  Rosa M Barrera said on April 3, 2014

Bravo Cockrell School of Engineering. It's a very well known fact it's one of the top 10 best of the country!

6.  Charles Roberson said on April 3, 2014

Got my PhD in plasma physics at UT in 1971
Number three in the country only two more steps to go
We must have done something right
Chuck Roberson
PhD Physics '71

7.  Dianne Baumel said on April 3, 2014

Where is the graduate school of nursing ranked?

8.  proud mom said on April 3, 2014

So proud of my son, a 2010 grad with a civil enginering degree, and hopefully my daughter will graduate with a law degree from Texas as well. GO HORNS!!

9.  Bevo said on April 3, 2014

Didn't the School of Information terminate the Archives and Preservation program touted here as a No. 4 program?

10.  UT undergrad, Harvard PhD said on April 3, 2014

Graduate school rankings are impressive, but UT's overall ranking of #52 in US News & World Report is somewhat surprising and disappointing. Can't help wondering, 'Is that because our undergrad programs aren't comparable to our graduate programs?'

11.  James W. Smith said on April 3, 2014

The value of a degree from the Univ. Of Texas keeps getting better!

12.  Adel Moustafa (Egypt) said on April 7, 2014

I proud to be a graduate of the UT Earth Sciences. Thanks to everybody's achievements and contribution to get to this ranking.