UT PGE Grad Program Continues to Lead in 2024 U.S. News Rankings

April 25, 2023

The Hildebrand Department’s graduate program in petroleum engineering is No. 1 in the country, according to the 2024 U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. UT PGE has held this top ranking continuously since 2003.

The UT PGE graduate program in petroleum engineering ranks No. 1 according to U.S. News.Engineering specialty rankings are based on peer assessments by department heads in each specialty area. Each program’s score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions. UT PGE scored 4.9 in the 2024 rankings.

With $9.2 million in research funding and 272 journal and conference papers published annually, UT PGE provides its graduate students with opportunities to participate in high-caliber energy research in traditional oil and gas as well as geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen storage, AI, data analytics, and more.

Graduate students learn from and conduct research with top academic minds, including three National Academy of Engineering faculty members and 13 distinguished members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. They hear from industry leaders on cutting-edge projects in the subsurface environment through UT PGE’s Claude R. Hocott Lectureship in Petroleum Engineering and Greening the Oilfield speaker series, and they receive expert industry mentorship through events like the annual Energy AI Hackathon.

UT Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering ranks No. 7 among graduate engineering schools according to U.S. News.UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering ranked No. 7 among graduate engineering schools, tied with the University of Michigan and the California Institute of Technology. The annual engineering graduate program rankings are based on research expenditures, reputation among engineers in industry and academia, the number of doctoral degrees produced, student-faculty ratios, the percentage of faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and student acceptance rates. In addition to petroleum engineering, the Cockrell School’s civil engineering and environmental engineering programs ranked in the top 5, with aerospace, chemical, computer and electrical engineering graduate programs in the top 10 and all graduate programs in the top 25.