The 2023 results are in, and U.S. News and World Report has deemed five Dallas-Fort Worth universities among the best grad schools in the state, with some departments landing among the top 100 in the country.
U.S. News publishes its national "Best Graduate Schools" rankings every year, which looks at several programs including business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, and many others. For the 2023-2024 report, the publication decided to withhold its rankings for law and medical schools, which will be published later this year. It also changed the methodology for ranking education and business schools by focusing on outcome rather than a program’s reputation and selectivity.
The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Managementranked No. 3 in Texas and No. 27 overall in the nation, with its project management program ranking eighth best nationally. The Jonsson School of Engineering earned the No. 73 spot among engineering schools, and sixth best program in Texas. Additionally, the university's audiology and speech-language pathology programs landed the No. 2 and No. 10 spots in the nation.
Southern Methodist University followed right behind UT Dallas for the No. 4 top graduate business school in Texas, and No. 33 overall. The university also has the third best graduate education school in the state, and 49th best nationally.
Denton's University of North Texas earned the No. 6 spot in the state for its graduate education program, which ranked 99th overall. It faired similarly in the business category at No. 95 nationally, and ninth best in Texas. Most notably, UNT has the No. 20 best library and information studies programs, with its health librarianship program ranking the sixth best in the nation. The public affairs department also earned some nods for its No. 8 and No. 10 overall ranks in local government management, and homeland security and emergency management programs.
At No. 50 nationally and No. 6 in the state for its graduate business school is Fort Worth's Texas Christian University. The graduate education school ranked No. 8 in Texas, and No. 125 overall. It also has the No. 43 best doctorate nursing program in the nation.
The University of Texas at Arlington earned the No. 4 spot in Texas for its graduate engineering program, and No. 69 nationally. It is the No. 54 best master's nursing program and No. 51 best social work program in the nation, according to the report.
“When prospective students are considering their options for graduate school, the Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help them identify schools that excel in the program they want to study,” said LaMont Jones, senior editor of Education at U.S. News. “With many options available, U.S. News provides a wealth of data in an easy format to help each student make the best decision.”
Some category rankings have not been released for the 2023-24 school year, but the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ranked No. 2 in Texas in the “Best Medical Schools: Research” and “Primary Care” categories for 2022. Additionally, the School of Law at Texas A&M University in Fort Worth and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University previously ranked No. 2 and No. 4 respectively in Texas for the 2022-2023 academic year.