Students seeking Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs will find options in Texas colleges and universities situated in locations ranging from small towns to large cities. This article compares some of the largest schools and profiles the highest graduation rates and other important data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Texas Schools With PhD Programs Near Large Cities
Consider the following schools with PhD programs located in some of the largest cities in Texas. Other cities include Austin, Corpus Christi and Ft. Worth.
- Bakke Graduate University (Dallas)
- Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio)
- Rice University (Houston)
- Arlington Baptist College (Arlington)
- St Mary's University (San Antonio)
Largest Schools With PhD Programs in Texas
The largest schools with PhD programs in Texas had more than 35,000 enrolled students, as of Fall 2014. A majority of the schools, however, had less than 20,000 total students at that time.
- Texas A & M University-College Station (61,642 students)
- The University of Texas at Austin (51,313 students)
- University of Houston (40,914 students)
- The University of Texas at Arlington (39,740 students)
- Texas State University (36,739 students)
Lowest Tuition Prices
These schools have in-state graduate tuition rates, as of 2015-2016, under $10,000. Their costs are affordable, and not too much more expensive than their undergraduate rates of tuition. Figures do not include fees.
- West Texas A & M University ($4,292 in-state, $4,852 out-of-state)
- University of North Texas ($7,165 in-state, $14,185 out-of-state)
- Texas A & M University-College Station (8,656 in-state, $18,183 out-of-state)
- University of Houston ($9,074 in-state, $17,894 out-of-state)
- Wayland Baptist University ($9,720 in-state/out-of-state)
Highest Graduation Rate
Although the graduation rates published by NCES are for undergraduate students, they can still tell a lot about the quality of education and student perceptions of schools. The three institutions listed below had the highest graduation rates for students who finished within 150% of the normal time, or six years, as of 2015.
- Rice University (91% graduation rate)
- The University of Texas at Austin (80% graduation rate)
- Texas A & M University-College Station (79% graduation rate)
- Southern Methodist University (79% graduation rate)
- Texas Christian University (76% graduation rate)
Use these descriptions and lists of schools to decipher what you need to know about finding the right school with a PhD program.