UT graduate programs rank high

This week, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of American graduate programs, and numerous UT programs were highly ranked. In engineering, law, education, and nursing UT graduate programs are ranked among the top 15 in the nation, and the University’s accounting program is No. 1.

In all, more than 50 science, social science, humanities, and professional programs and disciplines 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 Cockrell School of Engineering ranks No. 10 (No. 5 among public universities) with eight specialty programs in the top 15. Law repeated as No. 15 nationally (No. 4 among publics). Education is No. 10 in the nation (No. 3 among publics), with five top-15 specialty areas. Nursing ranks No. 13 nationally (No. 5 among publics). And Business ranks No. 17 in the country (No. 5 among publics) with eight specializations in the top 15.

U.S. News & World Report does not rank every discipline in every year. Therefore several other graduate programs at UT Austin remain nationally ranked according to data from 2012-2014 that was not revised this year. Pharmacy ranks No. 4 both nationally and among publics. Geosciences ranks No. 8 for earth sciences (No. 4 among publics). Computer Science ranks No. 9 (No. 4 among publics). The School of Information ranks No. 6 (No. 5 among publics). Social Work ranks No. 7 (No. 5 among publics), and the LBJ School of Public Affairs is No. 16 (No. 8 among publics).

You can see how we ranked in additional programs here.

I’m tremendously proud of our graduate programs and the students, faculty, and administrators who make them the centers of excellence they are. Graduate education is a critical link in the higher education ecosystem, and the fact that more than 50 of our programs rank in the top 15 testifies to UT Austin’s remarkable breadth and depth.

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Playing to Win–on the Court and in the Classroom

Creating a university of the first class is our mission at UT. This week, U.S. News & World Report released new rankings for some of our graduate programs, and I wanted to share the highlights with you.

Our College of Education graduate program is now ranked No. 2 in the nation, tied with Harvard University.  This distinguished rank is the result of more than 20 years of outstanding vision and leadership by Dean Manuel Justiz and his colleagues in the College of Education. UT continues to lead our state in preparing the next generation of outstanding teachers—and the faculty members and leaders who will shape education in the years ahead.

Among the graduate programs that are re-ranked annually, both the Cockrell School of Engineering and the School of Law each moved up in the rankings to number 8 and 14 respectively. You can read more about UT’s rankings on the U.S. News & World Report website.

An academic and athletic ranking also came out this week from Inside Higher Ed. Our men’s basketball team had another outstanding regular season, ranked 8th in the last Associated Press poll.  The Horns begin play in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on Friday, and Inside Higher Ed has created an “Academic Performance Tournament,” advancing the 68 NCAA tournament teams through the tournament bracket based on each team’s academic progress and graduation success rates.

According to the academic performance “bracketology,” UT made it all the way to the finals! You can see the entire Inside Higher Ed “tournament” at www.insidehighered.com.

Hook ‘em!

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