U.S. News Ranks UT Austin Among Best in U.S. for Graduate Studies

April 25, 2023 • by Lisa Lawrence

The 2023-2024 rankings have updated information for computer science, math, physics and chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. All have top-10 ranked specialties, as well as top-ranked programs overall.

The University of Texas logo is superimposed on architectural details and burnt orange above text that reads: 53 graduate schools, programs and specialties ranked among the top 10; 4 graduate programs ranked no. 1 and 6 graduate colleges ranked among the top 10

U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings

The University of Texas at Austin remains a world-class institution and one of the country’s leading public universities for science, mathematics and computing, according to the latest edition of “Best Graduate Schools” from U.S. News & World Report. Out of this year’s batch of U.S. News graduate school rankings, 37 of the University’s schools, programs and specialties are ranked among the top 10 in the nation. When combined with previous rankings, it brings the University to a total of 53 graduate schools and specialty programs ranked in the top 10. The magazine ranks programs in alternating years.

Overall, UT Austin has top-10 specialties in more than a dozen colleges and schools, including in the College of Natural Sciences.

“UT Austin is the flagship university in the state and region, as well as one of the country’s preeminent institutions for graduate studies,” said President Jay Hartzell. “Our commitment to bettering life for individuals and society is evident through our continued pursuit of excellence in graduate education. UT’s world-class faculty and our position within one of the world’s leading technology ecosystems in Austin help our graduate students find fulfilling career opportunities and go on to solve some of society’s most pressing challenges.”

The College of Natural Sciences has 11 programs and specialties ranked among the top 10, the most of any college or school at UT Austin. Computer Science (No. 8) scored top 10 rankings in all four of the discipline’s specialties. 

U.S. News & World Report’s graduate rankings, which are published separately from the magazine’s yearly ranking of undergraduate programs, are considered the gold standard of graduate and professional rankings. They are based on surveys of academic leaders and, for select programs, additional quantitative measures including placement test scores, student/faculty ratios, research expenditures and job placement success.

The publication updates some of its specialty rankings each year and republishes the most recent rankings in other areas. Areas updated this year within the disciplines in the College of Natural Sciences were computer science, physics, chemistry and mathematics.

UT Austin graduate schools, programs and specialties within Natural Sciences that U.S. News & World Report ranked in the top 30 this year or last are listed below.

Biological Sciences – 25*

  • Ecology/Evolutionary Biology – 8*

Chemistry – 16

  • Analytical – 4
  • Inorganic – 14
  • Organic – 20
  • Physical – 14

Computer Science – 8

  • Artificial Intelligence – 8
  • Programming Language – 7
  • Systems – 9
  • Theory – 9

Mathematics – 13

  • Algebra / Number Theory / Algebraic Geometry – 19
  • Analysis – 8
  • Applied Math – 7
  • Topology – 8

Physics – 13

  • Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity – 10
  • Condensed Matter – 22

Statistics – 27* 

*Ranking not revised for 2023-24. Based on latest available ranking.