AUSTIN, Texas — The latest edition of the World University Rankings by Subject is naming 41 subject areas and programs at The University of Texas Austin among the top in the world.
Among the highlights, petroleum engineering retained its rank at No. 2 this year and held high ranks in overall reputation and research citation rates. Communication and media studies moved up one spot to No. 4. In total, nine subjects are ranked among the top 25.
Of the 41 academic disciplines at the university that are in the 2021 subject rankings, more than a third of them improved their positions this year.
The rankings, compiled by higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, are based on a variety of factors including research impact and overall academic and employer reputation. The rankings looked at the performance of 14,435 individual university programs at 1,452 universities in 86 locations around the world.
“These rankings reflect the high-impact research and creative problem-solving UT Austin is known for and illustrate the immense societal value of leading research universities,” said Dan Jaffe, interim executive vice president and provost. “Without our world-class faculty and exceptionally talented students, this level of academic excellence would not be possible.”
Other notable improvements include:
- Library and information management moved up three spots to No. 15.
- Civil engineering moved up seven spots to No. 20.
- Chemistry moved up seven spots to No. 21.
UT Austin has been recognized as a top university by other recent publications, including U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UT Austin No. 38 in the world in its Best Global Universities ranking. Five specialty programs ranked No. 1, and 48 schools and specialties ranked among the nation’s top 10. The university also received national recognition for Latino student success.
Top Ranked Specific Subject Areas – The University of Texas at Austin
|Communication & Media Studies||4||5|
|Library and Information Management||15||18|
|Engineering – Chemical||22||20|
|Earth & Marine Sciences||21||24|
|Engineering – Civil & Structural||20||27|
|Engineering – Electrical & Electronic||29||28|
|English Language & Literature||33||30|
|Computer Science & Information Systems||28||31|
|Physics & Astronomy||34||31|
|Accounting & Finance||36||37|
|Architecture / Built Environment||40||38|
|Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing||37||40|
|Statistics & Operational Research||51-100||49|
|Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies||51-100||51-100|
|Business & Management Studies||54||51-100|
|Economics & Econometrics||68||51-100|
|Politics & International Studies||51-100||51-100|
|Social Policy & Administration||101-120||51-100|
|Pharmacy & Pharmacology||57||51-100|
|Art & Design||151-200||101-150|