Among the 36,000 students at the University of California, Berkeley, nearly 30% are pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees in more than 100 disciplines. The Berkeley Graduate Profile, produced by the Institutional Research and External Relations units in the Graduate Division, offers a complete picture of doctoral and master’s student population, including enrollments in each broad discipline, information about graduate student funding, and some of the most important indicators of the exceptional quality of Berkeley’s graduate programs.
|Enrollment (Fall 2012)||Doctoral||Master’s||Total|
|Overall||5,804 (57%)||4,321 (43%)||10,125|
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||116|
|U.S. Graduate Students||Doctoral||Master’s||Total|
|All other states||910||392||1,302|
|International Graduate Students||Doctoral||Master’s||Total|
|70 other countries||172||114||286|
101 graduate majors (master’s and doctoral), 93 of which grant doctoral degrees.
|Letters & Science (all divisions)||2,804.50||71.5||2,876|
|Arts & Humanities||741.5||17||758.5|
|Mathematics & Physical Sciences||552.5||17||569.5|
* The most doctoral degrees awarded in the nation.
** National data not yet available.
Based on surveys of students graduating from 2007-08 to 2009-10, conducted 12-18 months after graduation.
|Business (for profit)||542||21.3%|
|College or university*||1,441||56.5%||tenure-track faculty||501||34.8%|
|K-12 school||22||0.9%||non-tenure track faculty||154||10.7%|
*First positions taken by Berkeley Ph.D.s who went into academia
Costs of graduate education at Berkeley (for academic graduate students).
|Campus fees and health insurance||2,988||2,988|
|Nonresident tuition (NRT)1||15,102|
|Subtotal (all fees and NRT)2||15,180||30,282|
|Living expenses (academic year only)3||22,600||22,600|
|Summer (living expenses and fees)||5,000||5,000|
1 NRST is $12,245 for majors with professional degree supplemental tuition
2 Some majors have supplemental fees
3 See financial aid website for up-to-date living expenses
Campuswide multi-year fellowships:
Berkeley offers several prestigious multi-year awards for the most highly qualified entering doctoral students, including:
Sciences/Engineering multi-year packages include:
These awards are offered to doctoral students of outstanding achievement and potential through a highly competitive selection process conducted by a campuswide faculty committee. 15% of the 1,000 doctoral students who enroll in Berkeley’s graduate programs each year receive multi-year fellowships.
Other sources of graduate student support for entering and continuing students:
Departmental support packages:
Continuing students may also apply for fellowship support from the Graduate Division, including: Mentored Research Awards, Summer Fellowships, Doctoral Completion Fellowships, UC Dissertation Awards, Conference Travel Grants, Research Travel Vouchers and Parent Grants, as well as several privately-sponsored fellowship program.
From the 2010 UCOP Graduate Student Support Survey:
Berkeley’s top competitors:
Deciding factors for students considering graduate offers of admission from several schools:
The National Research Council (NRC) has found that Berkeley continues to be one of the nation’s most preeminent universities for doctoral studies. In the latest study, Berkeley had the highest number of top-ranked doctoral programs in the nation, based on a regression analysis involving 20 criteria from more than 5,000 programs at 212 institutions. For more information see the article "National Research Council ranks UC Berkeley’s Ph.D. programs among nation’s best" and rankings graphic.
|Number of programs ranked within a range that extends into the top ten:|
|1||University of California, Berkeley||48 of 52|
|2||Harvard||47 of 52|
|3||Stanford||40 of 47|
|Number of programs ranked within a range that extends into the top five:|
|2||University of California, Berkeley||43|
|Number of programs assigned an upper range of first place:|
|2||University of California, Berkeley||16|
|National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (cumulative 2001-2011)|
|1||University of California, Berkeley||1,333|
|2||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||1,242|
|5||University of Michigan||399|
|6||University of Washington||369|
|9||Georgia Institute of Technology||286|
|10||California Institute of Technology||278|
Counts represent the number of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award offers to students who indicated each institution as their first choice for graduate school during the period 2001-2011, from the total 13,587 GRFP awards made during the 11-year period. The metric shows the choices of the nation's top science, engineering, and social science graduate students, reflecting which institutions they believe offer them the best graduate research opportunities.
|Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships (cumulative 1986-2011)|
|University of California, Berkeley||105|
|University of California, Los Angeles||71|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||73|
|University of Texas, Austin||46|
|Top Producers of U. S. Fulbright Students||Applicants||No. of Awards|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||141||40|
|University of Chicago||102||24|
|University of California, Berkeley||97||23|
The 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, rates UC Berkeley number four in the world (after Harvard, Stanford, and MIT). Berkeley was the top-ranked public university. The ranking compared 500 higher education institutions worldwide, public and private. It used a variety of indicators of academic or research performance, including:
According to the latest graduate school rankings by U.S. News & World Report Berkeley is ranked 3rd in Engineering, 7th in Business, 13th in Education, 7th in Law, 8th in Public Health, and 6th in Public Policy. In academic graduate programs, Berkeley came away with first place for its departments of Chemistry, Computer Sciences, English, History, Psychology, and Sociology.
|Nobel Prize winners||20|
|MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipients||39|
|National Medal of Science recipients||30|
Last Updated: March 18, 2013 4:03 PM