5 UC Berkeley graduate programs 1st in nation in US News & World Report rankings

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The U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 rankings for graduate programs yesterday, and UC Berkeley came out on top in five categories.

UC Berkeley’s graduate programs in chemistry, computer science, English, history and sociology — as well as 24 specialty programs — received first-place rankings, though tying with some other universities in certain categories. In 2014, UC Berkeley ranked No. 1 for English, history and sociology.

UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering was ranked third in the nation, maintaining its 2014 standing, with MIT and Stanford University at first and second, respectively.

The Haas School of Business maintained its position as the seventh-best business school in the nation, with Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business tying for first in the category. The UC Berkeley School of Law was again ranked ninth in the nation, with no other UC law schools ranked in the top 10.

The five graduate programs with the highest enrollment — business, education, engineering, law and medicine — are ranked each year by U.S. News. Criteria for rankings include statistical analysis of standardized test scores, student-to-faculty ratios and career options for graduates as well as ratings from professionals within the fields who are familiar with the programs. The report also ranks specialty programs within these larger disciplines based on peer review data and expert rankings.

UC Berkeley has also been named the top public university in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report for 2014 best college rankings.

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