UT PGE Grad Program Tops U.S. News 2023 Rankings

March 29, 2022

The Hildebrand Department’s graduate program in petroleum engineering is No. 1 in the country in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. UT PGE has held this top ranking continuously since 2003.

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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.

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 rose to No. 6 among graduate engineering programs in the 2023 rankings. The annual college-level graduate program rankings are based on student acceptance rates, faculty/student ratios, research expenditures, reputation among engineers in industry and academia, the number of doctoral degrees produced, the percentage of faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and entrance exam scores. In addition to petroleum engineering, two other programs were named in the top five and eight in the top 10, with all programs finishing in the top 25.