Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


UT PGE remains the No. 1 graduate program in petroleum engineering.

This top rating, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings, affirms UT PGE’s position as the nation’s leading petroleum engineering department. U.S. News' graduate rankings, separate from the magazine's yearly ranking of undergraduate programs, are among the most prestigious ratings in higher education. 

The 200 students currently enrolled in UT PGE’s M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degree programs are instructed by world-class faculty, including three members of the National Academy of Engineering.

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A Ph.D. student and Dr. Zoya Heidari conducting research in a UT PGE lab

With $16 million in research funding and publishing more journal and conference papers than any other petroleum engineering program in the country, UT PGE provides students with opportunities to participate in high-caliber energy research. Ground-breaking innovations coming out of the department include technology-driven solutions for enhanced oil recovery and drilling, sustainable and efficient methods for hydraulic fracturing, and improved data integration in formation evaluation.

UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering remains among the top 10 engineering schools, moving up one place to No. 9. The Cockrell School’s aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and environmental engineering programs are all ranked in the nation’s top 10 as well.

Engineering specialty rankings are based on peer assessments by department heads in each specialty area. The peer assessment surveys for the specialty area rankings were conducted in fall 2016.