National rankings

Ranking doctoral programs at American universities, the National Research Council collected data in 2005-06 on more than 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 fields at 212 colleges and universities. Their analysis, published Sept. 28, 2010, assigned each doctoral program a range within which the program likely ranks, such as between first and third for Agricultural and Resource Economics. Below are the 48 UC Berkeley programs (out of 52 ranked) that ranged into the top 10 nationwide, based on a regression analysis involving 20 criteria. The range is indicated in brackets.

Rankings by department

UC Berkeley Program 2010 National Research Council Rankings
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21+
Agricultural and Resource Economics [1-3]                                    
Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology       [4-23]  
Anthropology     [3-8]                          
Astrophysics [1-6]                              
Biophysics   [2-12]                  
Bioengineering   [2-9]                        
Chemical Engineering     [3-7]                            
Chemistry [1-3]                                    
Civil and Environmental Engineering [1-3]                                    
Classics   [2-18]      
Comparative Literature   [2-13]                
Computer Science [1-2]                                      
Earth and Planetary Science   [2-32]  
Economics     [3-8]                          
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science     [3-11]                    
English [1-9]                        
Environmental Science, Policy and Management   [2-11]                    
Epidemiology [1-20]  
French           [6-16]          
Geography     [3-16]          
German [1-8]                          
Health Services and Policy Analysis                 [9-38]  
Hispanic Languages and Literatures     [3-19]    
History       [4-11]                    
History of Art [1-7]                            
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research     [3-10]                      
Infectious Diseases and Immunity               [8-32]  
Integrative Biology   [2-13]                
Linguistics   [2-16]          
Materials Science and Engineering         [5-10]                      
Mathematics [1-3]                                    
Mechanical Engineering [1-3]                                    
Medical Anthropology               [8-47]  
Microbiology   [2-11]                    
Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition       [4-22]  
MCB: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology [1-4]                                  
MCB: Cell and Developmental Biology     [3-11]                    
MCB: Genetics, Genomics and Development [1-4]                                  
MCB: Immunology   [2-11]                    
Music               [8-33]  
Neuroscience/Neurobiology         [5-13]                
Performance Studies     [3-14]              
Philosophy   [2-10]                      
Physics [1-5]                                
Plant Biology [1-7]                            
Political Science [1-5]                                
Sociology   [2-11]                    
Statistics   [2-6]                              

  

Source: National Research Council, 2010: A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States (Revised April 2011)