Texas A&M University’s School of Law was ranked 14th in intellectual property law by U.S. News and World Report, helping to mark the biggest leap in this year’s annual graduate school rankings.

The petroleum engineering program tied for second overall and second among public institutions, while A&M’s nuclear engineering program came in third overall and second among public colleges. Its biological/agricultural engineering program ranked third overall and among public universities; the aerospace engineering program ranks 10th overall and 7th among public institutions.

The Mays Business School held on to its 31st overall ranking, while it was placed 12th among public colleges.

The Fort Worth-based law school, which was acquired by the Texas A&M System three years ago, tied with Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania on intellectual property, while it came in 28th for part-time law school programs and in the top 60 for publicly operated law schools.

Overall, the law school jumped 38 places to be ranked 111.

In a statement, A&M System Chancellor John Sharp called the ranking an “extraordinary achievement, especially given the fact that we weren’t even on the list in 2014.”

The Bush School, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Engineering all also made gains in their rankings.

The Bush School moved up two places to be ranked 31st for its public affairs programs, and the College of Education and Human Development jumped seven places to be ranked 39th in its category, while the College of Engineering held its top 10 spot among public institutions, advancing one place.

“While we are gratified to be rated high in several areas in U.S. News & World Report and other prominent publications, our overarching goal is to enhance our programs for the benefit of the young men and women who choose to pursue their educational goals at Texas A&M — be it at the graduate or undergraduate level,” said Texas A&M President Michael Young in a statement.

In 2014, five of the university’s graduate school programs were ranked among the top private and public programs in the nation.

The rankings are based on criteria including acceptance rates, placement statistics and standardized test scores in addition to surveys guaging the opinion of the programs by academics from around the country.

According to university officials, the magazine - which published its rankings today - does not rate all academic programs.

A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the law school was based in Commerce, Texas. 

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Peter Witt

A&M took over a poorly ranked law school...ranking has improved a bit...but it is still a poorly ranked law school....the medical school ranking isn't much better. The administration has a big task ahead to make these respectable entities, without bankrupting the rest of the university.

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