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U.S. News & World Report Ranks UH Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best in 2024

Four UH Graduate Programs Rank in Top 10, 17 in Top 50

By Shawn Lindsey 713-743-5725

The University of Houston is once again proving that it is a powerhouse in graduate education, with 13 of its programs securing spots among the top 50 nationwide in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report graduate program rankings, released today. Three engineering programs maintain their top 50 rank pending the release of 2024 engineering rankings, which have been delayed. In total, UH has 17 programs in the top 50.

A total of four UH graduate programs rank in the top 10 nationwide, including three from the UH Law Center: Health Care Law (No. 7), Part-Time Law (No. 8) and Intellectual Property Law (No. 8). The Petroleum Engineering program in the Cullen College of Engineering maintains its No. 9 ranking pending forthcoming rankings in the discipline. Since 2020, UH has seen a 70% increase in the number of graduate programs earning a top 50 ranking.

“Being acknowledged among the nation's top performers in these vital fields is truly gratifying and affirms the national prestige of these programs and the caliber of faculty, staff and students,” said Diane Z. Chase, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.  “Delivering top-tier professional and graduate programs and positioning students for success in their respective fields of graduate study is integral to our vision of ascending as a top 50 public university.”

This year, nine UH Law Center specialty programs are ranked among the Top 50 in the country, with three ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas.

Top 50 Ranked UH Graduate Programs Nationwide:
  • Health Care Law (No. 7)
  • Part-Time Law (No. 8)
  • Intellectual Property Law (No. 8)
  • Petroleum Engineering (No. 9)*
  • Trial Advocacy (No. 13)
  • Online Overall Graduate Education Program (No. 14)
  • Legal Writing (No. 16)
  • Environmental Law (No. 30)
  • Tax Law (No. 32)
  • Chemical Engineering (No. 34)*
  • International Law (No. 38)
  • Pharmacy (No. 41)
  • Dispute Resolution Law (No. 42)
  • Business Part-Time MBA (No. 45)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (No. 44)
  • Industrial Manufacturing (No. 50)*
  • Political Science (No. 50)**

*2023 ranking; U.S. News has delayed 2024 engineering program rankings

**discipline not ranked in 2024 but maintains a previous top 50 ranking

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing, including specialties in each area. The rankings are based on enrollment numbers, job placement rates, faculty statistics, and other essential quality indicators designed to help prospective students make informed decisions.

“Deciding where to attend graduate school can be formidable, considering the wealth of schools with distinctive and quality programs,” said LaMont Jones, Ed.D., managing editor for Education at U.S. News. “The Best Graduate Schools rankings and related content empower prospective students to choose the best fit for their educational needs and ultimately achieve career success.”

The top programs in the nation earn “best of” recognition by U.S. News. UH made the following 2024 graduate program lists:

  • Best Business Schools
  • Best Health Schools
  • Best Public Affairs Schools
  • Best Science Schools
  • Best Law Schools
  • Best Education Schools

To see all of the graduate program rankings, or to learn more about the ranking methodology, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.

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