Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


UT PGE remains the No. 1 graduate program in petroleum engineering, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Tied for the No. 2 spot are Stanford University and Texas A&M University. The Hildebrand Department has stayed in the top spot of the U.S. News & World Report rankings since 2003. The magazine's graduate rankings, separate from its yearly ranking of undergraduate programs, are among the most prestigious ratings in higher education.

The 180 students, who are currently enrolled in UT PGE’s M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degree programs, are instructed by world-class faculty including four members of the National Academy of Engineering.

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UT PGE Ph.D. student Michael Nole conducts research in the lab

With $13.1 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, on-shore and off-shore drilling, sustainable and efficient methods for hydraulic fracturing, and geologic carbon storage.

UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering remains in the top 10 engineering schools. The Cockrell School’s aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering graduate programs were 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 2017.