Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Spring 2017 Newsletter — Psychology Ranked No. 8 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools

Tue, June 6, 2017
Spring 2017 Newsletter — Psychology Ranked No. 8 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
U.S. News & World Report

The Department of Psychology — Number 8 in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools


The Psychology Department is proud to announce that our program is ranked Number 8 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 edition of "Best Graduate Schools". Released in March, the No. 8 ranking is from among 255 schools in the U.S. with doctoral programs in psychology. The department ranks Number 5 from among those public universities surveyed.

Our Clinical Psychology program was ranked separately at Number 8—from among 224 doctoral programs in clinical psychology accredited by the American Psychological Associatio— in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 health survey, which was not updated this year.

UT Austin’s Dell Medical School is too new to be ranked, but in addition to nursing and pharmacy, the university scored top ratings in several other health disciplines when they were updated in 2016 (including clinical psychology).

U.S. News & World Report’s graduate rankings—separate from the magazine's yearly ranking of undergraduate programs—are among the most widely regarded ratings in higher education. They are based on surveys of academic leaders and, for select programs, additional quantitative measures including placement test scores, student/faculty ratios, research expenditures and job placement success.

The University of Texas at Austin as a whole has more than 40 graduate programs that were ranked among the top 10 in the nation and four programs that were ranked No. 1.

UT President Gregory L. Fenves said, “These rankings show, once again, that students at UT Austin learn from and collaborate with our exceptional faculty in all disciplines. The university's depth, breadth and scale of expertise makes it an engine for innovation, in which scholars work across disciplines to make new discoveries and solve challenging problems that change lives in Texas, the United States and the world.”

The top rankings for graduate programs are consistent with other rankings for UT Austin, which has been named the 13th best value among public colleges (Kiplinger, 2016) and the 17th most productive university in the world for scientific research (Nature Index, December 2016). UT Austin has maintained these levels of excellence and improved in many rankings despite cuts in state support during the past decade.

See the UT press release for a list of all UT programs in U.S. News & World Report’s top 40 this year.



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