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Students take part in experiments in the Science and Engineering Research Facility building on UT’s campus. 

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, remains a top school for graduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2024 rankings, released June 18.

U.S. News published a partial list of graduate school rankings on April 9 that included high rankings for UT in business, law, nursing and social work. The 2024 Best Engineering Schools rankings were delayed, according to U.S News, while they addressed queries.

Nuclear engineering ranks in top 10 again

Overall, graduate programs in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering rank 29th among public institutions and 53rd nationally.

The college’s Nuclear Engineering program ranks 5th among public institutions and 6th nationally. A total of nine UT graduate engineering programs rank in the top 40 among public institutions, including five in the top 30. In addition to Nuclear Engineering, among public institutions:

  • Biosystems Engineering (in the Herbert College of Agriculture) ranks 19th
  • Materials Science ranks 24th
  • Aerospace Engineering ranks 26th
  • Electrical Engineering ranks 29th
  • Computer Engineering ranks 32nd
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering ranks 33rd
  • Mechanical Engineering ranks 37th
  • Civil Engineering ranks 38th

Matthew Mench, dean and Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair of the Tickle College of Engineering, said, “The Tickle College of Engineering has never been in a better position, and these rankings serve as confirmation of that. With the added measure of quality of research publications and citations to the algorithm, the rankings are a reflection of what we already knew to be true: TCE is among the very top of distinguished colleges of engineering. We are in a period of strategic growth, and it is only fitting that our highest ranking ever comes in the midst of that. I have never been more excited for the future of the college.”

David White, interim dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture, said, “That our Biosystems Engineering graduate program within the Herbert College of Agriculture sustained top rankings again for a second consecutive year is a testament to the excellent work of our faculty, staff and graduate students. We look forward to continuing to build on the strengths of our BSE program with new faculty hires and innovative agricultural and biological systems programing designed to position our students for success beyond the classroom.”


Cindi King (865-974-0937,