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.

The University of California dominates the latest ranking of public universities from U.S. News and World Report, claiming six spots in the top 12 and seven in the top 30. UCLA and UC Berkeley joust for position at the top of the list, in first and second place among public universities.

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 Public Affairs
7th Business
9th Law, 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 2018 Academic Rankings of World Universities, 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 physics, materials science and engineering, and statistics and third in electrical and electronic engineering, biotechnology 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 fourth 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 and Oxford (tied) and then Berkeley.

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

New rankings this week, 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 2018 list, Berkeley is one of only two public universities among the top 25 schools overall. The other is the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, which placed 22nd overall to Berkeley’s 14th.

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 2018 incoming graduate class of 4,057 students was selected from among 42,531 applicants.

Term and Year Applications
Fall 2008 32,289
Fall 2018 42,531
Enrollment (Fall 2018) Doctoral Master’s Total
New 876 3,181 4,057
Continuing 4,471 3,137 7,608
Overall  5,347 6,318 11,665
Applicant Age
Average 28
Youngest 18
Oldest 74
Women Underrepresented Minorities
46% 11%
Graph of Entering Class 2015
Ethnic Diversity Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 59
Black/African-American 400
Chicano/Mexican-American 494
Chinese/Chinese-American 872
East Indian/Pakistani 408
Japanese/Japanese-American 102
Korean 204
Latino/Other Spanish-American 405
Other/Unknown 1,009
Pacific Islander 15
Pilipino/Filipino 110
Thai/Other Asian 236
Vietnamese 123
White/Caucasian 4,010
Total 8,447
International Graduate Students Doctoral Master’s Total
China 473 587 1,060
India 116 368 484
Canada 85 80 165
South Korea 97 47 144
France 29 67 96
Taiwan 46 49 95
Mexico 34 34 68
Brazil 29 39 68
Germany 42 24 66
Japan 23 41 64
Singapore 19 34 53
United Kingdom 34 19 53
Chile 29 24 53
Iran 38 5 43
Italy 24 16 40
Colombia 20 17 37
Spain 15 22 37
Israel 28 6 34
Turkey 27 6 33
Australia 18 15 33
Thailand 14 18 32
Greece 14 15 29
Hong Kong 12 15 27
80 other countries 190 214 404
Total 1,456 1,762 3,218

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 71.5 1,568.5 1,640
Chemistry 462 49 511
Education 175.5 85.5 261
Engineering 1,376.5 758.5 2135
Environmental Design 72 385.5 457.5
Journalism 112.5 112.5
Law 71 1,236 1307.5
Letters & Science (all divisions) 2,504 105 2,609
Arts & Humanities 610.5 11 621.5
Biological Sciences 468 0 468
Mathematics & Physical Sciences 597.5 59 656.5
Social Sciences 828 35 863
Natural Resources  380.5 94 474.5
Optometry 40 282 322
Public Health 127.5 543 670.5
Public Policy 12 210 222
School of Information 23 708 731
Social Welfare 29 180.5 209.5
Individualized Major 2 2
TOTAL 5,347 6,318 11,665

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
Doctoral 895 864 863 888 906 887 936 930 1,066 818 765 963
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

Career Outcomes

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

  • University of California System
  • Stanford
  • University of Michigan
  • 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) 666 27%
College or university* 1,377 55.7%
Government 86 3.4%
Hospital/clinic 13 .5%
K-12 school 33 1.3%
National laboratory 115 4.7%
Self-employed 25 1%
Other/unknown 146 6.4%
Total 2,462 100%

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


Doctoral Alumni Placements by Program

Sources of financial support for graduate students (2016 – 2017)

Chart of Humanities Funding 2015 Chart of Sciences Funding 2015

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