Graduate Program Rankings

Berkeley and L&S Graduate Programs Ranked at the Top

Berkeley’s graduate programs have been consistently ranked at or near the top in the nation for their academic excellence. According to the last study of American universities conducted by the National Research Council, UC Berkeley ranks first in the number of graduate programs (48) considered to be among the top 10 in their fieldsOf these, 22 programs were in the College of Letters & Science. See NRC rankings.

A 2017 listing of top graduate schools conducted by U.S. News & World Report ranks many of Berkeley's doctoral programs in the top five. 

US News & World Report Rankings of Graduate Programs, 2017

Ph.D. Institution: UC Berkeley Stanford  MIT Harvard  Princeton
Biological Sciences 4 1 1 1 9
Chemistry 1 4 1 4 15
Computer Science 1 1 1 18 8
Economics 5 5 1 1 1
Engineering 3 2 1 24 18
English 1 2   2 4
History 1 4 27  4 1
Mathematics 3 5 1 3 1
Physics 2 2 1 2 2
Psychology 2 1 9 4 7
Sociology 1 4   6 1

NRC Rankings of L&S Graduate Programs, by Department*

Anthropology 3rd
Art History 1st
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1st
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 1st
Classics 2nd
Comparative Literature 2nd
Earth & Planetary Science 2nd
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 2nd
Economics 3rd
English 1st
French 6th
Genetics 1st
Geography 3rd
German 1st
History 4th
Linguistics 2nd
Mathematics 1st
Music 8th
Neuroscience 5th
Philosophy 2nd
Physics 1st
Political Science 1st
Psychology 21st
Sociology 2nd
Spanish & Portuguese 3rd
Statistics 2nd

Top universities by number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields (NRC rankings).

Rank

  1. University of California, Berkeley [48]
  2. Michigan [40]
  3. Wisconsin [36]
  4. Yale [32]
  5. Cornell [31]
  6. Princeton [29]
  7. Harvard [28]
  8. MIT [27]
  9. Pennsylvania [27]
  10. Columbia [26]
  11. Chicago [24]
  12. Stanford [23]
  13. College of Letters & Science [22] (for comparison only)
  14. UC San Diego [13] 

* Source: National Research Council 2011 (R rankings, 5th percentile; in some cases, the rankings are tied). The National Research Council performs this assessment approximately once every 10 years.