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A Powerful Collection of Today's Top Students

Being a graduate student at Berkeley means being a part of an energetic, dynamic group of people who are passionate, curious and committed to their areas of study. And it shows. Berkeley has more recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships than any other public or private institution.

Berkeley is famed for the breadth, and depth of 120+ graduate programs in 15 schools and colleges, awarding more than 4,000 master’s and professional degrees each year and close to 800 doctoral degrees each year.

Berkeley graduate students go on to join an impressive collection of alumni. Among them are:

  • 35 Nobel Prize winners
  • 41 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” Recipients
  • 28 recipients of the National Medal of Science
  • Founders of more than 270 companies.

But it’s not just the impressive list of accolades they carry — Berkeley graduate alumni are advancing knowledge in various areas of focus all over the world.

Why students choose Berkeley?

Nothing beats hearing why Berkeley graduate students decided to choose Berkeley. Their journeys to Berkeley and experiences with our programs inspire you.

Read their stories

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A Location Like No Other

The entrepreneurial spirit our region is known for emanates across our campus. With ready access to top experts, national labs, Silicon Valley, and cutting-edge companies, Berkeley is a hub of innovation and exploration. And the view of the San Francisco Bay from our scenic, 1,200 acre campus doesn’t hurt either.

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A Diverse, Welcoming, Collaborative Community

Our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation is informed by a deep commitment to contributing to a better world. We take great pride in ensuring that our graduate students, who represent 129 countries and all 50 U.S. states, have a full yet balanced experience during their time here. Berkeley is committed to encouraging and supporting students of all backgrounds on campus and fostering a welcoming climate that lets everyone thrive. And our family-friendly policies make our graduate experience attainable for all admitted students.

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Unparalleled Resources and Opportunities

The University Library system, with 23 libraries and 11 million volumes and electronic journals, is the top-ranked research collection among public universities in the country.

Our students conduct research in every corner of the world — literally. International study and research opportunities include the Gump Field Station in French Polynesia; archeological expeditions to Jordan, Peru, Greece, Turkey and Israel; city planning projects in China; and archival research in India and Pakistan.

The reach of our students’ work doesn’t end at the lab or field station. We offer extensive resources to help Berkeley graduate students transfer their inventions and ideas to the marketplace. The QB3 Garage@Berkeley is a network of modern biotech labs, where entrepreneurs can lay the foundations for new industries, all with the help of faculty. Berkeley Skydeck is a technology entrepreneurship center established to incubate, accelerate and expand the pipeline of start-ups. Every year, 10 to 20 companies are founded based on innovations and people from the Berkeley campus.

Only at Berkeley

Just a few things that make us #1

Nearly 30 UC Berkeley Graduate Programs Top 10 in Latest New U.S. News Report

April 11, 2024

In an exciting new development, U.S. News released their first round of 2024 rankings for graduate schools – identifying nearly 30 UC Berkeley graduate programs as Top 10 programs in the country.

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Public Health Changemaker: Q&A with Forbes 30 Under 30, Iemaan Rana

April 5, 2024

Iemaan Rana, a Public Health Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, is one of this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Achievement for Science recipients. Iemaan is the first person ever to simultaneously pursue an M.D. (at the University of Illinois) and Ph.D. at two different institutions, and her research focuses on carcinogenic exposures.

Office for Graduate Diversity Hosts Annual Weekend Visit

April 2, 2024

On March 16 and 17, 136 admitted graduate students visited UC Berkeley’s campus as a part of the University’s Diversity Days. The Diversity Days experience is hosted by the Office for Graduate Diversity and reserved for first-generation and low-income admits as well as admits who’ve graduated from an HBCU, TCU, or HSI.

UC Berkeley is a Fulbright Top Producing Institution

March 20, 2024

For years, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has allowed some of the brightest and most driven students an opportunity to conduct innovative research or teach internationally. 

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Diversity and Community Fellow attends Sacramento Advocacy Day with University of California Graduate and Professional Council!

February 29, 2024

In her commitment to advancing the interests of UC Berkeley’s graduate students, Anna Judson participated in the University of California Graduate and Professional Council’s Sacramento Advocacy Day.

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