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Texas A&M Earns High Marks In Graduate School Rankings

The College of Engineering ranked top in the state, while the School of Law, Bush School and Mays Business School moved up in U.S. News & World Report's listings.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications March 30, 2021

Texas A&M University has impressive listings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate School Rankings, with the College of Engineering, School of Law, Mays Business School, Bush School of Government and Public Service and others faring well in the prestigious rankings.

Overall, the College of Engineering is ranked No. 11 nationwide and, for the first time, No. 1 in Texas. The petroleum engineering program is ranked No. 2 nationally and agricultural engineering is ranked No. 3. The nuclear engineering program is rated No. 4 and aerospace engineering is ranked No. 9.

“Congratulations to the faculty and leadership in law, business, public affairs and engineering,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “Our graduate schools are trending in the right direction.”

“It’s especially gratifying to see the College of Engineering climb higher among the nation’s elite. The first day that Vice Chancellor Kathy Banks got here, she had a plan to take engineering to the highest level. She’s now number one in Texas and I suspect she won’t rest until she’s number one in the U.S.”

Added Texas A&M Interim President John Junkins: “Our continued rise in the rankings in these key schools is a reflection on the quality of our programs, the dedication of our faculty and the ability of our students. It’s also a sign that we are preparing our graduates to make contributions in their careers and a difference in our world.”

The intellectual property program in Texas A&M’s School of Law in Fort Worth has earned a No. 7 ranking, dispute resolution is No. 8 and the law school is ranked 53rd overall, an improvement from last year’s ranking of No. 60.

“I could not be more proud of the impactful work that our faculty and staff are doing – or of the incredible caliber of our students here at Texas A&M Law,” said Robert B. Ahdieh, dean of the law school. “Our unprecedented rise in the U.S. News rankings – and the advances in student quality, educational innovation, bar passage, and post-graduate employment that underlie it – can be credited entirely to them. I look forward to the continued trajectory of success that the coming years will bring to us here in Aggieland North.”

The Bush School of Government and Public Service is ranked No. 18 for its non-profit management program and No. 22 for its local government management program. Overall, the 24-year-old school moved up four spots to No. 28 in the United States.

“These latest rankings are a testament to the Bush School’s outstanding faculty reputation and to the quality of our students,” said Dean Mark Welsh. “They are a key indicator of the progress the school has made and the growing impact of our graduates in the field of public service.”

Mays Business School’s full-time MBA (FTMBA) No. 38 overall in U.S. News’ rankings, which marks an improvement of six spots.

The Professional MBA (PMBA) program – located at the Houston CityCentre campus for working professionals – was ranked No. 39 overall.

“Please allow me to express very sincere congratulations to students, faculty, staff, and the entire Mays leadership team regarding these prestigious outcomes for our MBA programs,” said Duane Ireland, Mays’ acting dean. “These rankings demonstrate that Mays Business School is achieving success with efforts to achieve its mission of being a vibrant learning organization that creates impactful knowledge and develops transformational leaders.”

The College of Education & Human Development is ranked No. 39 nationally. The educational psychology program is No. 14, the educational administration program is No. 15, the special education program is No. 16 and the curriculum and instruction program is No. 21.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area.

According to the publication, the rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

The data for the rankings in all six disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,081 programs and reputation surveys sent to more than 24,603 academics and professionals.

The publication adds that one aspect the programs have in common “is that they assess both the preparedness of a school’s incoming students and the career or academic outcomes of a school’s graduates,” the editors said.

The study is released every March for the following year. The latest report has rankings for 2022.

However, not all graduate school programs are ranked annually. For example, the A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was ranked No. 4 nationally in the most recent evaluation of veterinary schools in 2019.

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