Rice Engineering graduate programs rank in U.S. News top 30 for 2021

The George R. Brown School of Engineering ties for 33rd among the nation’s top 160 engineering graduate schools.

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The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University tied for the 33rd spot among the nation’s top 160 engineering programs, according to the 2021 U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate schools.

“I’m glad to see our engineering departments have maintained their strong graduate rankings in this very competitive environment. We have hired some exceptional faculty in the past few years, so the future is bright for continued improvements in our graduate and research programs,” said Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.

Each department and major in the engineering school placed among the nation’s top 30 schools. Here are Rice engineering’s rankings among departments and majors:

  • Biomedical: tied for 12th
  • Environmental engineering: tied for 15th
  • Chemical engineering: 23rd
  • Computer: tied for 23rd
  • Electrical engineering: tied for 27th
  • Civil engineering: tied for 27th
  • Mechanical engineering: tied for 28th
  • Materials: tied for 29th

“As noted in our school of engineering strategic plan,” DesRoches said, “‘we will continue to recruit and retain excellent faculty, and foster research productivity and impact by providing state-of-the-art facilities and skilled staff, and we will enhance our national and international visibility by promoting our achievements.”