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Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Programs ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Edition of Best Graduate Schools
March 22, 2018
Contact: Jill Anderson, Director of Marketing and Communications, School of Engineering and Computer Science, 254.710.6826

WACO, Texas (March 22, 2018) – Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) graduate programs are among those nationally ranked in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released March 20, 2018.

Two years ago, Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science moved from a non-doctoral granting program ranking to a doctoral degree ranking. Debuting in this new category, Baylor’s ECS graduate programs rank among other well-known engineering programs.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) graduate program is ranked at No. 107 in the 2019 report, with Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, University of Missouri and University of South Carolina to name a few. Some Big 12 Conference universities are not far ahead, with the University of Kansas ranked No. 75, Kansas State University No. 85 and Texas Tech University No. 85 in this category. The Baylor ECE graduate program currently has 54 students with 24 Ph.D. candidates and 30 Master’s candidates.

Ian Gravagne, Ph.D., associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and graduate program director, said the program is thriving.

“We attract some really outstanding students, many with prior experience in industry or the military,” Gravagne said. “We have research groups with strengths in the areas of microwave and RF systems, power systems, electronic devices and physics, autonomous robotics, advances in engineering mathematics and biomedical applications.”

The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program is ranked No.110 in the 2019 report, among schools such as Florida State University, Marquette University, University of Alabama and West Virginia University. The Baylor ME graduate program currently has 35 students with 13 Ph.D. candidates and 22 Master’s candidates.

With Baylor ECS’s graduate programs being so young, there is only room to move up. Doug Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and graduate program director, said students are attracted to the program due to the reputation of a faculty member or the program, small class sizes, the Christian mission and Baylor’s research labs and equipment.

“Our program is an outstanding choice among graduate students for higher education,” Smith said. “I would like to see our program become known as a center of expertise in several areas of mechanical engineering.”

Currently, the ME graduate program focuses on three research areas – materials and manufacturing, thermal fluids and biomechanics.

This spring, Baylor ECS will graduate its second ME Ph.D. student.

“Both of our Ph.D. students have done quite well and have taken positions in government research labs,” Smith said.

Dennis O’Neal, Ph.D., dean of Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, said Baylor’s ECS graduate programs stand out because they are smaller and personal compared to some of the larger schools.

“We have a committed group of faculty who are increasingly successful in attracting research funding,” O’Neal said. “We are focused on continuing to grow our programs and give our graduate students unique research opportunities.”

The latest rankings are published online at and in the U.S. News’ “Best Graduate Schools 2019” guidebook.


With more than 10 percent of Baylor University’s freshman class pursuing major courses of study in the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), the focus remains on preparing graduates for professional practice and responsible leadership with a Christian world view. ECS majors include bioinformatics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, general engineering and mechanical engineering. Among ECS graduate programs are Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in all disciplines, and several dual-degree programs. The Teal Residential College for Engineering and Computer Science, in which students and faculty live, fosters the pursuit of wisdom, academic excellence, and meaningful relationships for the development of diverse, innovative leaders.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
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