Rice Engineering moves up two spots in national graduate school rankings

School ranks No. 27 in U.S. News World & Report, as 12 disciplines place in top 30.

Lovett Hall at sundown

The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University is tied for No. 27 among the nation’s leading engineering programs, with 12 disciplines placing in the top 30, according to the 2023 edition of the U.S. News and World Report ranking of all graduate schools.

Overall, Rice engineering was up two spots from last year’s ranking.

“One of our programs is in the top 10 and two are in the top 20. This reflects the outstanding research going on in our school, led by world-class faculty, researchers and students. We aspire to be a top-10 school among all private institutions and for even more of our programs to rank in the top 10,” said Luay Nakhleh, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.

Here are Rice engineering’s rankings among disciplines:

  • Biomedical: 9
  • Chemical engineering: 24
  • Civil engineering: 34
  • Computer engineering: 20
  • Electrical engineering: 25
  • Environmental: 16
  • Materials: 27
  • Mechanical engineering: 29

Several disciplines at Rice are included by the U.S. News and World Report rankings among the sciences:

  • Computer science: 28
  • Statistics: 29
  • Biostatistics: 24 (new category)

Among private schools, Rice Engineering’s graduate programs all rank in the top 15, with many in the top 10:

  • School of Engineering: 12
  • Biomedical: 6
  • Biostatistics: 11
  • Chemical engineering: 10
  • Civil engineering: 9
  • Computer engineering: 9
  • Computer science: 14
  • Electrical engineering: 11
  • Environmental engineering: 8
  • Materials: 10
  • Mechanical engineering: 13
  • Statistics: 10

The Best Graduate Schools rankings at the school level are based on two sources of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators measuring the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The discipline rankings are solely based on peer assessment.

To gather the peer assessment data, U.S. News polls deans, program directors and senior faculty to assess the academic quality of programs in their fields on a scale of one (marginal) to five (outstanding).

The data for the rankings in all disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,081 programs and from reputation surveys sent to almost 25,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2021 and early 2022.