Rankings and other measures of excellence

Overall UC Berkeley rankings can be found here.

U.S. News and World Report

The new “Best Global Universities Rankings” of U.S. News & World Report placed UC Berkeley fourth in the world. Only Harvard, MIT, and Stanford ranked higher.

In the new rankings, Berkeley’s graduate programs placed first in the world in biological sciences, computer science, economics, English, psychology, and sociology; second in chemistry, clinical psychology, earth sciences, and math. Six other subject areas ranked in the top 10.

Place Subjects
1st Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, English, Psychology, Sociology
2nd Chemistry, Clinical Psychology, Earth Sciences, Math
3rd Engineering, Physics, Social Welfare
4th History, Political Science
6th Business (#2 in Part-time MBA)
7th Public Affairs
9th Public Health

Academic Rankings of World Universities

New global rankings place UC Berkeley at the pinnacle of public universities on the U.S. and fifth overall in the world. The 2019 Academic Rankings of World Universities is an assessment of 500 top institutions around the globe by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 

Among 54 subject areas, Berkeley ranked first in the world in chemistry, second in materials science and statistics, and third in electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, and economics.

In addition, Berkeley ranked fourth in sociology, water resources and ecology, and fifth in computer science and engineering, nanoscience and nanotechnology, energy science and engineering and transportation science and technology.

The full rankings can be viewed here, and the full subject rankings are posted here.

Berkeley Stands Tall in World Reputation Rankings

For the fifth year in a row, UC Berkeley ranks sixth in the world when it comes to its reputation among its peers, according to new rankings from Times Higher Education.

The six “most powerful global brands” in the U.K. publication’s annual World Reputation Rankings vary little from year to year, with Harvard at the top, then MIT, Stanford, Cambridge, Oxford and then Berkeley.

Berkeley Again Shines as Top U.S. Public University in Forbes Rankings

New rankings from the financial publication Forbes, again place Berkeley at the very top of the list of public universities in the United States.

On the new Forbes Top Colleges 2019 list, Berkeley is the only public university among the top 15 schools overall.

Graduate Alumni Satisfaction

Berkeley doctoral alumni, surveyed 5 to 45 years after graduation, report very high level of satisfaction with their graduate education and the value of their Ph.D.s:

  • 90% overall (and 85% of those who pursued non-academic careers) say they were well prepared for their careers by Berkeley
  • 95% overall (and 93% of those who pursued non-academic careers) would pursue a doctoral degree again
  • 86% would select the same field of study
  • 95% would choose graduate study at Berkeley if they could start again

The Berkeley Graduate Profile is produced by the Institutional Research and Communications units in the Graduate Division

Additional Resources

Graduate Student Enrollment

Among the 42,515 students at Berkeley, nearly 27% are pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees in more than 100 disciplines.

The fall 2019 incoming graduate class of 4,057 students was selected from among 42,531 applicants.

Enrollment (Fall 2019) Doctoral Master’s Total
New 882 3,236 4,118
Continuing 4,427 3,311 7,738
Overall  5,309 6,547 11,856
Applicant Age
Average 28
Youngest 18
Oldest 75
Women Underrepresented Minorities
46% 13%
Ethnic Diversity (United States) Total
Asian 2,141
Black/African-American 469
Latinx 991
American Indian/Alaskan Native 67
Pacific Islander 14
White/Caucasian 3,893
Unknown 834
Total 8,409
International Graduate Students (Top 16) Doctoral Master’s Total
China 508 701 1,209
India 134 420 554
Canada 82 92 174
South Korea 101 60 161
France 31 62 93
Taiwan 45 56 101
Mexico 37 29 66
Brazil 21 32 53
Germany 37 20 57
Japan 22 36 58
Singapore 18 26 44
United Kingdom 33 24 57
Chile 28 25 53
Iran 38 5 43
Italy 24 16 40
Colombia 25 14 39
Total 1,504 1,933 3,437

Graduate majors (Fall 2018 Enrollment)

Berkeley offers 101 graduate majors (master’s and doctoral), 93 of which grant doctoral degrees.

School/College Doctoral Master’s/
First Professional
Total
Business Administration 68 1,639.5 1,707.5
Chemistry 472 38 510
Education 158 67 225
Engineering 1,414.5 905 2,319.5
Environmental Design 71 384 455
Journalism 104.5 104.5
Law 68 1,227.5 1,295.5
Letters & Science (all divisions) 2,437 116 2,553
Arts & Humanities 584 12596
Biological Sciences 483.5 483.5
Mathematics & Physical Sciences 576 69 645
Social Sciences 793.5 35 828.5
Natural Resources  384 102 486
Optometry 30 285 315
Public Health 139 544 683
Public Policy 12.5 207.5 220
School of Information 23 750 773
Social Welfare 30 177 207
Individualized Major 2 2
TOTAL 5,311 6,547 11,858

Degrees Granted

Degree Date 2006 – 07 2007 – 08 2008 – 09 2009 – 10 2010 – 11 2011 – 12 2012 – 13 2013 – 14 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17 2017 – 18 2018 – 19
Doctoral 895 864 863 888 906 887 936 930 1,066 818 765 963 887
Master’s/Professional  2,351 2,406 2,385 2,397 2,481 2,506 2,552 2,045 2,764 3,084 2,991 3,531 4,538

Career Outcomes

Top 5 academic institutions that hire Berkeley Ph.D.s

  • University of California System
  • Stanford
  • Princeton
  • MIT
  • Harvard

Long-term employment trends

(Based on a survey of Ph.D. recipients who graduated between 1968 and 2008)

  • 57% of Berkeley doctoral alumni (and 78% arts and humanities Ph.D.s) work in 4-year academic institutions compared to 41.4% nation-wide
  • 23% work in the private for-proft sector
  • 13% work in the non-profit sector or for the state, local or national government
  • 7% are self-employed or have other employment

Career placement of doctoral degree recipients

First positions of students who graduated between 2011 – 2016 (based on a survey conducted 12-18 months after graduation).

Industry Count Percent
Business (for profit) 1052 31.4%
College or university* 1,811 54.1%
Government 114 3.4%
Hospital/clinic 17 0.5%
K-12 school 63 1.9%
National laboratory 143 4.3%
Self-employed 29 0.9%
Other/unknown 119 3.6%
Total 3,348 100%

*First positions taken by Berkeley Ph.D.s who went into academia


Sources of financial support for graduate students (2017 – 2018)

Funding for Doctoral Study

University multi-year fellowships

Berkeley offers prestigious multi-year awards to the most highly qualified entering doctoral students, including those who will enhance the diversity of the graduate student population. Recipients are nominated by their departments and selected through a competitive process.

Humanities/Social Sciences multi-year packages include:
  • 2 years of fellowship funding
  • 2 years of departmental funding: combination of GSI (teaching) or GSR (research) appointments and/or fellowship
  • 1 year of Doctoral Completion Fellowship*

Sciences/Engineering multi-year packages include:

  • 2 years of fellowship funding
  • 3 years of departmental funding: combination of GSI or GSR appointments and/or fellowship

Departmental multi-year funding packages:
Departmental funding offers often include funding from a variety of sources, including departmental fellowships, training grant awards,
GSI (teaching) appointments, and GSR (research) positions.

External multi-year fellowships, such as the NSF GRFP, NDSEG (DoD), Hertz, Ford, and others, are integrated into university and departmental funding packages.

*The Doctoral Completion Fellowship provides one year of fellowship funding to students in certain Humanities and Social Science disciplines, for use after advancement to doctoral candidacy.

Other Campus Funding Opportunities

  • Conference Travel Grants
  • Parent Grants
  • Research Grants/Fellowships (from Institutes/Centers and others)
  • Training Grant Programs