Texas Universities with Doctoral Degree Programs
Prospective doctoral students in Texas can choose from a plethora of universities offering a number of different specialties. Programs can be found in fields ranging from medicine and education to engineering, management and more. Two of the larger schools in Texas offering doctoral degree programs are detailed below. Get information about some of their programs, and then learn facts about the schools in general in a comparison table.
- The University of Texas at Austin is found within a mile or so of the downtown Austin area. The university offers doctorates in areas such as engineering, sciences and business.
- Texas A&M University offers a few doctoral programs in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, accounting and architecture. The main campus of this university is located about 95 miles northwest of downtown Houston, in College Station.
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- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Communications and Journalism
- Computer Sciences
- Culinary Arts and Personal Services
- Liberal Arts and Humanities
- Mechanic and Repair Technologies
- Medical and Health Professions
- Physical Sciences
- Transportation and Distribution
- Visual and Performing Arts
Comparison of Schools
It can be beneficial to examine all that a school has to offer before choosing a place for your doctoral studies. Below you can find statistics and facts regarding each institution's tuition, population and campus setting.
|The University of Texas at Austin||Texas A&M University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)*||51,313||61,642|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Graduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)*||$10,878 (in-state)
| $8,554 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin (UT) offers about 85 different doctoral degree programs. Current doctoral students at UTA can work as teaching and research assistants. Students can earn their PhDs through the McCombs School of Business, Cockrell School of Engineering, Jackson School of Geosciences, LPG School of Public Affairs and other colleges on the UT campus.
Doctor of Philosophy in Information, Risk and Operations Management
This doctoral program is for students seeking research, teaching or administrative positions in business. Students can focus their study in supply chain and operations management, risk analysis or information systems. Students also have the opportunity to focus their work in a combination of these areas.
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
This program allows students to work toward their Master of Science or PhD first. The program combines physical science and engineering disciplines to facilitate research in both areas. Student research can address nanomaterials, materials science and engineering or clean energy.
Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering
This program covers celestial, fluid and structural mechanics. Other coursework covers satellite applications, aerodynamics, mathematical analysis and systems theory. After exploring these areas, students conduct their own research and complete a dissertation.
Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences
This program focuses on seismology, hydrogeology, climate, soil and mineral resources. Students must complete research outside their area of expertise to be admitted as doctoral candidates. The program includes conferences, technical sessions, field training and seminars.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University also offers more than 80 different programs for students seeking a doctoral degree. Besides the options detailed below, programs are available in fields like math, public health, political science, psychology and educational administration. Doctoral students conducting research may be eligible for reduced tuition rates, fellowships or grants. Students pursuing their PhD can also work part-time as teaching assistants.
Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture
Students in this doctoral program study urban design, conservation, energy efficiency and other subjects. Completion of the program requires a dissertation in a student's area of focus. Coursework develops the writing and communications skills of PhD candidates.
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
This doctorate is available through the Mays Business School. Students may be expected to complete intermediate accounting, management and statistics courses before they conduct research. All students must complete advanced econometrics and statistics courses.
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering
Industrial engineering courses address inventory control, manufacturing processes, analysis and applied distribution theory. Students can enter this program if they only have a bachelor's degree, but they will have to complete 96 credit-hours to earn their doctorate. Doctoral students must complete an academically publishable dissertation for peer review. Other requirements for this degree include a formal presentation.
Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering
Before earning this doctoral degree, students must complete research new to the field of petroleum engineering. Students also need to demonstrate expert knowledge of oil production, drilling and economics. Those who enter the program without an engineering degree have to take courses in thermodynamics and differential equations.
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
This doctoral program in economics prepares students for careers as economists. Students learn about economic policy, industrial organizations, monetary theory and econometrics. Students also learn about macroeconomics and microeconomics.