UC Irvine Engineering Graduate Program Rises in U.S. News Rankings  

The UCI Samueli School’s graduate program is ranked 17th among public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s list of best graduate schools. Steve Zylius

June 18, 2024 - The UCI Samueli School of Engineering has received its highest ranking ever in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024-25 list of best graduate schools. The school is continuing the upward trend over the past years and is currently ranked 17th among the nation’s public universities and 31 overall among public and private institutions. This represents an increase of three places compared to last year’s rank.

Each year, U.S. News surveys graduate programs in the areas of business, education, engineering, law and medicine. This year, 199 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees responded to the survey. The annual rankings are based on peer assessments of program excellence as well as statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

“It is very encouraging to see our graduate program continue to climb in the rankings,” said Magnus Egerstedt, dean of engineering. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, students and staff and the increasing impact of our research programs. I’m very proud of our progress and am looking forward to the future as we continue to pursue new and exciting ventures.”  

Six engineering specialty programs saw improvements in rankings including aerospace engineering with a jump of nine places to 16th among publics, and environmental engineering with a rise of six places to 22nd among publics. The other programs that saw positive movement were biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

– Lori Brandt