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U.S. News ranks UC graduate schools among best in nation

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Graduate student Morgan Nunn Martinez performs research at the Stable Isotopes Lab, UC San Diego.

University of California graduate schools rank among the nation’s top programs in a survey released today (March 10) by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News’ 2016 Best Graduate Schools guide evaluates graduate schools for business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, and specialties within each area. In each discipline, all or nearly all UC graduate schools were highly ranked.

The annual Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

Below are UC’s ranked schools in the six main disciplines, which include for the first time expanded rankings for nursing, with master’s programs evaluated based on both statistical and reputational data. For specialty programs within these areas, go to the Best Graduate Schools site.


All six of UC’s business schools were ranked:

7. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
15. UCLA Anderson School of Management
48. UC Davis Graduate School of Management
53. UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
63. UC San Diego Rady School of Management
Ranked: UC Riverside A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Of note: UC Berkeley’s business school had the No. 1 part-time MBA program, and UCLA’s was No. 5. For executive MBA programs, UCLA ranked No. 8 and UC Berkeley was No. 9.


In education, all eight of UC’s schools were ranked:

13. UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
17. UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
31. UC Irvine School of Education
38. UC Davis School of Education
67. UC Santa Barbara Gervitz Graduate School of Education
76. UC Riverside Graduate School of Education
99. UC San Diego Department of Education Studies
110. UC Santa Cruz Education Department


All nine of UC’s engineering schools were ranked:

3. UC Berkeley College of Engineering
14. UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
17. UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
23. UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering
33. UC Davis College of Engineering
37. UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering
71. UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering
88. UC Santa Cruz Jack Baskin School of Engineering
140. UC Merced School of Engineering


All five of UC’s law schools were ranked, including UC Irvine in its first year of eligibility:

8. UC Berkeley School of Law
16. UCLA School of Law
30. UC Irvine School of Law
31. UC Davis School of Law
59. UC Hastings College of the Law

Medicine: Research

Five UC medical schools were ranked in research:

3. UC San Francisco School of Medicine
13. UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
17. UC San Diego School of Medicine
43. UC Davis School of Medicine
45. UC Irvine School of Medicine

Medicine: Primary care

Five UC medical schools were ranked in primary care:

3. UC San Francisco School of Medicine
7. UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
19. UC Davis School of Medicine
19. UC San Diego School of Medicine
62. UC Irvine School of Medicine


Three UC nursing schools were ranked, including UC Davis, in the first year it was eligible for inclusion in the survey:

2. UC San Francisco School of Nursing
19. UCLA School of Nursing
43. UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

In other health-related rankings this year, UC Davis was recognized as the nation’s best veterinary school, while in public health UC Berkeley ranked ninth and UCLA was 10th.

The rankings also include previous assessments of a number of other health fields, which U.S. News surveys but not each year. UCLA ranked first in clinical psychology and UCSF ranked first in pharmacy. The surveys do not rank dental or optometry schools.

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