Thank you for considering graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. The prospective students web pages will provide an overview of the campus — the many degree programs offered here, the cost of graduate study, and the means of financial support.
Berkeley occupies a special place in graduate education. In the most recent comprehensive survey by the National Research Council, Berkeley’s academic departments ranked at or near the top in many disciplines. Our outstanding research libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories, and internationally renowned faculty have made Berkeley a prestigious center for graduate education.
Beyond the academic realm, Berkeley boasts a visually stunning campus setting in the lively San Francisco Bay Area. Campus events include concerts, theater, art exhibits, lectures, and a wide range of outdoor and sporting activities.
Berkeley also has a long-standing commitment to providing graduate opportunities for a diverse population. Our programs are enriched by the variety of cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds of our students, faculty, and staff. Over the past five years, Berkeley has led the nation in awarding the highest numbers of Ph.D.s to students who are historically underrepresented in graduate education. Our commitment to diversity as an integral component of excellence continues.
Choosing to undertake graduate study — and then finding the right place to do so — is a highly important decision. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about the Berkeley campus and the program that interests you. Visit the campus if possible; meet our graduate students and talk with members of the faculty. If you are unable to visit us in person, be sure to contact a faculty member in your field of study who can discuss the variety of facilities and resources available at Berkeley.
I hope you’ll find that Berkeley offers the breadth, depth and vision in its graduate programs that you seek, and that you will consider becoming part of this dynamic academic community.
Andrew J. Szeri
Dean of the Graduate Division