U.S. News Ranks UT Austin Computer Science Among Best in Graduate Program Rankings

April 9, 2024 • by Staff Writer

The 2024-2025 rankings tout computer science at The University of Texas at Austin as among the seven best nationally.

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U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings

The University of Texas at Austin continues to be one of the premier schools for graduate studies, according to U.S. News & World Report’s partial release of its most recent “Best Graduate Schools.” UT made gains in several disciplines, including computer science.

Overall, the University has 42 graduate schools and specialty programs ranked in the top 10 when combined with previous years, including a dozen in the College of Natural Sciences. The publication updates some of its specialty rankings each year and republishes the most recent rankings in other areas. Additionally, U.S. News delayed release of some rankings.

“These numbers are meaningful. Having more than 40 schools, programs and specialties ranked in the top 10 in this partial release alone, including several that are the best in the country, if not the world, is reflective of our ability to continue to attract exceptional faculty and students,” said President Jay Hartzell. “Our talent is what puts UT at the leading edge of discovery in AI and robotics, life sciences, population research, and many other disciplines that are at the forefront of solving many of the world’s most pressing problems and bettering society.”

The College of Natural Sciences has 12 programs and specialties ranked among the top 10 in the most recent ranking for a discipline, the most of any college or school at UT Austin. Computer Science (No. 7) scored top 10 rankings in all four discipline’s specialties that are ranked within departments. 

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.

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

Chemistry – 16*

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

Computer Science – 7

  • Artificial Intelligence – 9
  • Programming Language – 7
  • Systems – 10
  • Theory – 8

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 2024-25.  

In the most recent life science rankings from U.S. News, UT Austin ranked in the top 25 for biological sciences, including ranking 8th in ecology/evolutionary biology; in the most recent ranking for plasma physics, UT ranked third.

Read the full UT press release