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 40,894 students at Berkeley, nearly 28% are pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees in more than 100 disciplines.

The fall 2017 incoming graduate class of 3,998 students was selected from among 41,500 applicants.

Term and Year Applications
Fall 2007 32,289
Fall 2017 41,500
Enrollment (Fall 2017) Doctoral Master’s Total
Overall 5,335 6,000 11,335
Incoming class 897 3,101 3,998
Applicant Age
Average 28
Youngest 18
Oldest 66
Women Underrepresented Minorities
46% 12%
Graph of Entering Class 2015
Ethnic Diversity Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 60
Black/African-American 393
Chicano/Mexican-American 490
Chinese/Chinese-American 847
East Indian/Pakistani 347
Japanese/Japanese-American 108
Korean 181
Latino/Other Spanish-American 414
Other/Unknown 882
Pacific Islander 11
Pilipino/Filipino 110
Thai/Other Asian 225
Vietnamese 136
White/Caucasian 4,110
Total 8,314
International Graduate Students Doctoral Master’s Total
China 434 500 934
India 116 346 462
Canada 85 74 159
Korea 92 55 147
France 27 75 102
Taiwan 48 43 91
Mexico 32 44 76
Germany 47 15 62
Brazil 29 27 60
Chile 29 27 56
Japan 20 29 49
Singapore 19 29 48
United Kingdom 33 13 46
Iran 38 5 43
Turkey 25 13 38
Thailand 22 14 36
Israel 26 9 35
Colombia 18 17 35
Italy 20 14 34
Australia 20 13 33
Spain 15 14 29
Peru 13 16 29
84 other countries 190 227 417
Total 1,398 1,623 3,021

Graduate majors (Fall 2017 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 67 1,507.5 1,574.5
Chemistry 454 36 490
Education 194.5 96 290.5
Engineering 1,332.5 797.5 2130
Environmental Design 77 327.5 404.5
Journalism 109 109
Law 69 1,163.5 1232.5
Letters & Science (all divisions) 2,528.5 101 2,629.5
Arts & Humanities 622 13 635
Biological Sciences 479 4 483
Mathematics & Physical Sciences 604.5 52 656.5
Social Sciences 823 32 855
Natural Resources  379.5 80 459.5
Optometry 41 288 329
Public Health 134 523.5 657.5
Public Policy 12.5 216.5 229
School of Information 19.5 579 598.5
Social Welfare 23 175 198
Individualized Major 3 3
TOTAL 5,335 6,000 11,335

Degrees Granted

Degree Date 2005 – 06 2006 – 07 2007 – 08 2008 – 09 2009 – 10 2010 – 11 2011 – 12 2012 – 13 2013 – 14 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
Doctoral 753 895 864 863 888 906 887 936 930 1,066 818 765
Master’s/Professional  2,337 2,351 2,406 2,385 2,397 2,481 2,506 2,552 2,045 2,764 3,084 2,991

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