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, earth sciences, and math. Nine other subject areas ranked in the top 10.

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

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 2020 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 and sociology, second in materials science and statistics, and third in computer science and engineering and electrical and electronic engineering.

In addition, Berkeley ranked fourth in economics, and fifth in computer science and engineering and ecology.

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

Berkeley Stands Tall in World Reputation Rankings

The six “most powerful global brands” in the U.K. publication’s annual World Reputation Rankings lists UC Berkeley in the Top 10 universities in the world with Oxford at the top, followed by Stanford, Harvard, California Institute of Technology, MIT, University of Cambridge and then Berkeley.

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 2020 incoming graduate class of 3,539 students was selected from more than 42,000 applicants.

Enrollment (Fall 2020) Doctoral Master’s Total
New 796 2,743 3,539
Continuing 4,493 3,516 8,009
Overall  5,289 6,259 11,548
Applicant Age
Average 28
Youngest 19
Oldest 75
Women Underrepresented Minorities
46% 15%
Ethnic Diversity (United States) Total
Asian 2,389
Black/African-American 549
Latinx 1,086
American Indian/Alaskan Native 77
Pacific Islander 6
White/Caucasian 3,957
Unknown 569
Total 8,615
International Graduate Students (Top 16) Doctoral Master’s Total
China 552 664 1,216
India 132 395 527
Canada 113 102 215
South Korea 120 67 187
France 38 33 71
Taiwan 55 51 106
Mexico 47 36 83
Brazil 26 37 53
Germany 39 17 56
Japan 25 45 70
Singapore 18 26 44
United Kingdom 34 20 54
Chile 28 15 43
Iran 25 14 39
Italy 24 16 40
Colombia 28 8 36
Total 1,304 1,546 2,850

Graduate majors (Fall 2020 Enrollment)

Berkeley offers more than 100 graduate majors (master’s and doctoral), 93 of which grant doctoral degrees.

School/College Doctoral Master’s/
First Professional
Total
Business Administration 68.5 1,723 1,791.5
Chemistry 481 26 507
Education 132.5 75 207.5
Engineering 1,424.5 694 2,118.5
Environmental Design 67 348 415
Journalism 95.5 95.5
Law 61 1,129 1,190
Letters & Science (all divisions) 2,332.7 158.8 2,491.5
Arts & Humanities 575.2 26.3 601.5
Biological Sciences 462 462
Mathematics & Physical Sciences 568 71 639
Social Sciences 727.5 61.5 789
Natural Resources 362.7 94.8 457.5
Optometry 33.5 267.5 301
Public Health 142.5 554 696.5
Public Policy 12.5 182.5 195
School of Information 23 834 857
Social Welfare 27 197.5 224.5
Individualized Major
TOTAL 5,168 6,379 11,548

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 2019 – 20
Doctoral 895 864 863 888 906 887 936 930 1,066 818 765 963 887 807
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 3,663

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 2013 to 2017)

  • 54.1% of Berkeley doctoral alumni (and 78% arts and humanities Ph.D.s) work in 4-year academic institutions compared to 41.4% nation-wide
  • 31.4% work in the private for-profit sector
  • 3.4% work in the non-profit sector or for the state, local or national government
  • 3.9% 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 (2018 – 2019)

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