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Graduate Education at UC Berkeley

Just the Facts

National and international rankings of graduate programs place Berkeley among the very best.

The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities rates Berkeley number three in the world. 

Graduate admissions are more competitive than ever with record applicants and strong yield.

Berkeley received nearly 38,000 graduate applications for the fall 2013 entering class.

Berkeley’s graduate student body is diverse and representative of today’s world.

Berkeley is a recognized leader in addressing the “leaky pipeline” affecting women graduate students, particularly in STEM fields, and has led the way in designing family-friendly policies, including paid maternity leave and parent grants. Last fall, our campus was the first public university to launch a back-up childcare program for all student parents. 

Berkeley faculty value and appreciate the indispensable role of our graduate students.

A recent faculty climate survey showed that faculty rated the quality of Berkeley graduate students as the most important contributor to their sense of satisfaction with their university work.