Texas A&M University fares well in several key areas of U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 graduate school rankings, with its Dwight Look College of Engineering moving up to 12th in its category overall and retaining its seventh-place ranking among public institutions.
The largest jump among Texas A&M’s academic units was registered by the Bush School of Government and Public Service. It placed 33rd in the public affairs category overall, which is three places higher than when the most recent previous rankings were posted by the magazine. The Bush School placed 21st when ranked among public institutions.
Texas A&M’s Mays Business School moved up into a tie for 12th among public universities and retained its ranking as tied for 32nd overall in the category that is traditionally dominated by business schools at private institutions. It placed 14th among public universities last year.
The College of Education and Human Development again ranked among the top 40 institutions in its category. It tied for 38th overall and ranked 28th among public institutions.
Two Texas A&M engineering programs rank among the top 10 in their respective areas in the U.S. News 2013 listings: nuclear, fourth, and biological/agricultural, tied for fifth.
Some programs in which Texas A&M traditionally ranks high are not included in the magazine’s rankings every year. For example, petroleum engineering is not included this year but Texas A&M ranked second nationally in that category during the two previous ratings. Other Texas A&M programs that rank high nationally when they are included in the listings are veterinary medicine, statistics, chemistry, physics, mathematics and political science.
Texas A&M’s growing graduate education program enrolled almost10,000 students – pursuing masters’, doctoral or professional degrees (veterinary medicine) degrees — as of the official reporting period last fall, notes Associate Provost for Graduate Studies Karen Butler-Purry. In addition to providing students with advanced degrees for key positions in the private sector and numerous areas of government and academia , Texas A&M’s graduate program plays a vital role in support of the university’s research endeavors, she adds. Texas A&M’s annual investment in a variety of scholarly works, studies and experiments totals about $689 million, which ranks it first in Texas and the Southwest and among the top 20 nationally.
“We are pleased that Texas A&M continues to perform well in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of best graduate schools,” Butler-Purry states. “Our showing is significant, especially when considering that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the top private institutions in the nation. Texas A&M remains committed to elevating graduate program quality to world-class status and competitiveness.”