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U.S. News ranks more than 20 UTA graduate programs among nation’s best

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 • Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

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In its journey to becoming the model 21st century urban research university, The University of Texas at Arlington has taken another giant step forward.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked more than 20 graduate programs at UTA among the nation’s best in the magazine’s 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” released this month.

UTA has top 100 graduate programs in seven colleges and schools including engineering, nursing, science, architecture, planning and public affairs, and social work. The three graduate level degree programs ranked in the top 50 in the nation are online graduate education in the College of Education at No. 30; the graduate social work program in the School of Social Work at No. 38, up six slots since the last survey in 2012; and the graduate program in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering in the College of Engineering at No. 39, up four slots since last year.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who attended UTA before earning his undergraduate degree from UT Austin, said: “Texas is leading the way in research and innovation, and UTA’s recent rankings are further proof that the Lone Star State is becoming a hub for the greatest minds in higher education. This recognition is a direct reflection of Texas’ mission to elevate our students at all stages in their academic careers. As governor, I will ensure Texas continues to invest in our universities and make the Lone Star State a destination for scholars from around the globe.”

Other improved UTA rankings this year include the College of Engineering at No. 82 among Best Graduate Engineering Schools in the nation, with seven specialty areas. Last year, the College ranked No. 90. The College of Education is No. 120 among Best Education Schools in the nation, up 16 spots from a year ago. A complete list of the graduate program rankings is below.

  • College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
    • Public Affairs – 77
  • College of Business
    • Part-Time MBA – 82
  • College of Education – 120
    • Online Program – 30
  • College of Engineering – 82
    • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering – 39
    • Civil Engineering – 87
    • Computer Engineering – 75
    • Computer Science – 90 (listed by US News under Science)
    • Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering – 82
    • Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering – 58
    • Materials Engineering – 72
    • Mechanical Engineering – 78
  • College of Liberal Arts
    • English – 125
    • Fine Arts – 131
    • History – 118
  • College of Nursing and Health Innovation
    • Masters Program – 75
    • Online Program – 54
  • College of Sciences
    • Biological Sciences – 188
    • Chemistry – 131
    • Mathematics – 134
    • Physics – 111
    • Psychology – 158
  • School of Social Work
    • Social Work – 38

The U.S. News graduate rankings, independent of the magazine’s yearly ranking of undergraduate programs, are among the most prestigious and widely cited ratings in higher education.

These rankings are a recognition of faculty excellence, talented students, and the highest quality programs offered at UTA, whether in engineering, social work and nursing or liberal arts, public affairs and business,” said President Vistasp M. Karbhari. “We have much to celebrate and are especially proud that we provide a world-class, comprehensive, affordable education to students seeking unique academic experiences at a tremendous value while engaging with innovative researchers and many of the brightest minds in our world today.”

While importance is placed on increasing the university’s level of research, quality and impact, the ranking also helps to recruit elite faculty and students. UTA has 13 of the 33 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors currently based in Texas universities, the highest number in the state and the second-highest in the nation. Faculty are also members of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering among other prestigious professional disciplines.

“Rankings such as these emphasize that we have the very best faculty and students,” said Interim Provost Linda Johnsrud. “Talented faculty see a concentration of expertise and exciting research activity at a university, and want to be a part of the synergy. The rankings also send a critical message to lawmakers, employers, potential donors and even the media – that our University values and produces excellence in its scholarship and in its graduates while still being at a reasonable cost.”

U.S. News & World Report’s graduate rankings are based on reputational surveys sent to more than 18,400 academics and professionals in the fall of 2015 and early 2016, and quantitative assessment of over 1,900 programs through measures such as placement test scores, student/faculty ratios, faculty excellence, research expenditures and job placement success.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at