Petroleum Engineering Earns Top 10 Ranking from U.S. News and World Report

Three departments at Texas Tech University are ranked in the Top 100.

Best Grad

Texas Tech's graduate school also placed in the top 100 for the following programs: 

  • Chemical Engineering (84)
  • Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering (70)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (92)
  • Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (38)
  • Mechanical Engineering (78)

The graduate school program in the Texas Tech University Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering has been named the No. 9 program in the country in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate School Rankings.

Overall, the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering was ranked No. 94 in the nation while its online graduate engineering programs were ranked No. 17, up from No. 20 in 2015.

Michael Galyean

Michael Galyean

“National recognition of this kind is a reflection on the high-quality work and dedication of faculty, staff and students in these programs,” said interim provost Michael Galyean. “Moreover, these Top-100 rankings reflect Texas Tech University’s commitment to supporting and growing high-quality graduate programs.”

Petroleum Engineering was one of four schools or departments at Texas Tech to earn Top 100 rankings in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings released Tuesday (March 14).

Al Sacco Jr.

Al Sacco Jr.

“Again this year, I am pleased our online programs rank in the top 20 nationally,” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “It reinforces our desire to be a top services provider to those who would like to further their education without having to be physically present in the classroom. Overall, the college continues to be in the top 100 engineering schools nationally, and I am particularly pleased that petroleum engineering is ranked ninth in the nation. These are all great indicators of the quality of our faculty, staff and facilities as we drive to provide a world class education to all.”

Dennis Patterson

Dennis Patterson

The other three departments where Texas Tech earned Top 100 rankings are the Department of Geosciences (No. 88-tie, the same ranking it received in 2015), the Department of Political Science (No. 89-tie) and the College of Engineering (No. 94-tie).

“We are very happy in Political Science to see that the hard work of the faculty is beginning to pay off,” said Dennis Patterson, department chair. “Our intention is that this is just the beginning of the department’s upward ascendance. Indeed, we hope to be much higher when the next National Research Council’s rankings are completed.”

Mark Sheridan

Mark Sheridan

Released annually, U.S. News and World Report uses expert opinions regarding the value of a graduate school program and statistics that measure the quality of a school’s faculty to determine the rankings, according to the magazine.

“These rankings are recognition of some of the many excellent graduate programs we have at Texas Tech,” said Mark Sheridan, dean of the Graduate School. “Students enrolled in these programs work with world-class faculty and receive a top-notch education, and as a result they are better prepared to enter the job market and advance in their careers. These rankings also play a role in helping attract top applicants into our graduate programs in the future.”

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Whitacre College of Engineering

The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.

Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.


College of
Arts & Sciences

The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges. 

Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With over 10,000 students (8,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate) enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.


Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The department offers graduate study in American politics, public administration, comparative politics, international relations and political theory.


Earl Survey Research Lab

The mission of the ESRL is to provide survey research services to the university community and to public sector agencies and organizations. Along with the Center for Public Service, ESRL serves as a support resource for students, faculty and administrators involved in survey and social science instruction and research.

Although we are housed in the Department of Political Science, we are capable of research in all fields including healthcare, economic development, public administration and customer satisfaction.

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