The College of Engineering at Texas A&M is one of the top-ranked engineering programs in the country. We are ranked 8th for public graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report (2019), and many of our individual engineering programs are ranked in the top ten for their field.
While we take pride in our rankings, we want to share what really makes us special. Aggie engineers have some of the best opportunities and resources available to graduate students. Here are just a few examples of how we stand out:
As a graduate student, your faculty advisor is one of the most important people throughout your academic career, which is why you want someone in your corner who can provide the guidance necessary to propel your research and your career forward.
We have over 250 faculty members who have been recognized as fellows in their respective societies and 27 of them are members of national and international academies. We also prioritize having professors of practice. These individuals have had successful careers in their respective fields and have come back to Texas A&M to share that experience with you. Their real-world experience takes your education to the next level.
Texas A&M University has an excellent career services team, and the College of Engineering is fortunate to have career services staff focused entirely on the needs of engineering students within the Zachry Engineering Education Complex.
The Student Engineers' Council (SEC) at Texas A&M also hosts the largest student-run engineering career fair in the nation, held in both the fall and spring. More than 450 companies attend, and many of our students find full-time jobs or internships as a result.
In addition to this, the College of Engineering hosts Research Labs Day, which is exclusively for graduate engineering students interested in careers in research. We bring in representatives from national labs, as well as companies with extensive research and development divisions, and provide our graduate students the opportunity to network with professionals from those fields.
The Fischer Engineering Design Center is a 61,000 sq. ft. academic maker space and design center that focuses on learning, designing, and building.
Through their pop-up classes, students can learn how to access and operate equipment, tools and software, as well as topics relating to project management and design.
The center provides an innovative project design environment through their monitored support desk, tool room, large-screen computers with an extensive software array, and staff trained to assist in many disciplines.
Spaces to build your project from start to finish, including worktables, electrical workbenches, and open floor space, as well as tools, fasteners, power, and other utilities.
We have several students who someday want to have their own start-up, develop their own product, or become a CEO. Our Engineering Entrepreneurship Program is here to help! They have numerous programs designed to develop skills that prepare you for your unique goals.
We have several students who someday want to have their own start-up, develop their own product, or become a CEO. Our Engineering Entreneurship Program is here to help! They have numerous programs designed to help develop skills that prepare you for your unique goals, including entrepreneurship courses, the National Science Foundation I-Corps Site Program, Aggies Invent, Aggie Boss Talk, the Concept, Creation, and Commercialization (C3) Certificate, and more.
Read more about these exciting and innovative programs here.
Many of our graduate students in the College of Engineering hope to pursue careers in academia, which is why we have numerous programs in place to help provide you with the skills necessary to be a competitive applicant.
We offer seminar courses to help you explore the necessary competencies and skills for doctoral students who want to pursue faculty positions. Students are prepared to compete and succeed in the academic job market. You’ll learn from experts in research, teaching, leadership, and service through this course.
We also support a nationally-recognized Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Practitioner Certificate. Throughout this program, you’ll learn about teaching strategies, classroom management, teaching-as-research, assessment techniques, syllabus design, and more. You then you’ll implement a course module with a faculty mentor in an undergraduate classroom. There are several other components of the CIRTL program that allow you to move from CIRTL Associate to CIRTL Scholar (Academy for Future Faculty, Teaching-As-Research fellows). Learn more about this on the CIRTL website.
Finally, we have our Graduate Teaching Fellows Program, a competitive program where you assume the responsibilities of professors. You deliver all lectures, supervise the Teaching Assistant and grader, hold office hours, and prepare homework, quizzes, and exams. This is a cohort-based program that will make you stand out with the experience it affords you.
Texas A&M is one of the largest research universities in the United States, and the College of Engineering alone accounts for more than $300 million in annual research expenditures.
For many, research is an integral part of graduate school, and we encourage you to explore the research happening within each department and find faculty members that you may want to work with in the future.
The quality of our research activities is highlighted by the direct impact of our research on technology; volume of peer-reviewed research funding from highly competitive sources; volume of publications in high impact refereed journals; number of patents; volume of widely used textbooks; and national rankings of our programs.
The Aggie Network is one of the largest and most active alumni groups in the world and boasts over 500,000 former students. Loyalty is an Aggie value, and the Aggie Network is a shining example of this. There is no shortage of stories of how the Aggie Network has connected students with jobs and numerous other opportunities.
The Aggie Ring is the most visible symbol of the Aggie Network. In 2018 alone, there were 15,506 Aggie Rings purchased, making us the largest collegiate ring program in the world. Dating back over a hundred years, it is a tradition that is deep in symbolism. Every symbol represents values every Aggie should hold: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service.
Those who have earned the right to wear the Aggie Ring have cleared some of the toughest requirements in the country for a class ring, thus making it one of the most treasured items an Aggie possesses. The requirements were established by the Official Senior Ring Committee of 1933.
Once an Aggie, always an Aggie!
While many universities have traditions, ours have become central to student life at Texas A&M. It won’t be long before you’ll hear an Aggie say “howdy” and shortly after coming to campus, you’ll probably get a crash course on Aggie Rings, Gameday traditions, and more meaningful traditions, such as Muster, Silver Taps, the Bonfire Memorial, and the Memorial Student Center. Aggies hold these traditions near and dear to their heart, and we are excited to share with you what makes them special.
Read more about what makes Texas A&M traditions unique here.
Texas A&M has more than 1,000 student organizations, with active social and professional student organizations for the majority of our graduate engineering programs. You can always find something to do either on campus or in our local Bryan/College Station community. Learn more about student life on our website.
The College of Engineering’s Graduate Programs office also hosts a graduate engineering peer mentor program, in which you are provided mentorship from an upper-level graduate student and engage in both social and academic activities.
Furthermore, we are fortunate to be located in the Bryan-College Station community which possesses both small-town charm and big-city amenities with numerous events and opportunities related to sports, the arts, and more. Learn more by visiting the Experience Bryan-College Station website.
We are centrally located between Houston (2 hours), Austin (2 hours), Dallas (3 hours), and San Antonio (3 hours), and there are numerous state parks and other large events across the state of Texas that you can plan day and weekend trips to visit!