University of California - Berkeley Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
of students recommend
(4.15 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 228 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and ACEND
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 38,189 (27,496 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 13% part-time, 87% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,431 in-state; $28,533 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2019

I am currently enrolled as a graduate student at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and I am a first-year. Given that it is a two-year program, I am only able to speak on the experiences of first semester. I would like to begin with a note on faculty and staff. The school is relatively small, but it is staffed with a sufficient amount of employees who dedicate their time (and careers) to making the lives of their students easier. We have unobstructed access to financial advisers, career advisers, and academic advisers, all of whom vow to be there for us when needed. Also worthy of mention is the fact that the dean himself has a relatively open-door policy, meaning he makes it easy for students to have important conversations with him. Furthermore, there are two additional associate deans who also double as full-time faculty/lecturers at the school. They are also available for both quick advice and important counseling, as well as for random conversations in between. In terms of professors, I really appreciate that most of them are alums from the J-school who are able to understand exactly where students are coming from. They are also all experienced in the field with impressive resumes; this gives students access to a network of professional journalists who play a hand in not only teaching us during our time as graduate students, but possibly also in connecting us to the right people once our careers begin post-graduation. Lastly, as journalism is an industry heavily focused on gear and equipment, it is important that we receive proper technical training on how to handle expensive cameras and video cameras. Students have been trained by the school's own equipment manager on several different occasions. There is also a really neat and organized rental schedule that is well-maintained and constantly updated; this makes for an easy check-out/check-in process when students rent equipment for assignments. We have also been spoken to about the importance of insurance, and we have been recommended different insurance plans. The classroom experience at UC Berkeley's J-school is intimate, as there are only about a dozen students assigned to a single professor in most sections. This makes learning an extremely personalized process, which I believe helps benefit the student immensely. All students are on different tracks and career paths--from New Media to Video Journalism to Narrative Writing--so it helps to have plenty of one-on-one time with professors who are guiding us along. The selection of classes is also very broad--ranging from practical, niche reporting courses (such as sports reporting, investigative reporting, business reporting, and international reporting), to more specialized courses on reporting on sexual violence, reporting from war abroad, etc. Students are encouraged to dabble in different areas of reporting to develop a versatile skillset. For example, though I am following the Narrative Writing and New Media tracks, I am currently enrolled in a mandatory Intro to Visual Storytelling course. The course, along with Intro to Reporting, is required regardless of which track you are on because the school wants all students to try both video and narrative mediums for reporting at least once so to at least establish a basic foundation. Perhaps my favorite part about attending Berkeley's J-school is the network of amazing peers and faculty/staff that I have been introduced to, as well as the honor of being apart of this network that has many useful connections in the industry. I am constantly interacting with my peers at the many events the school hosts, which features panel discussions on important themes in the industry and talks led by leading journalists (some of whom are former students) who have succeeded professionally. I am also involved in clubs at the school including the Asian American Journalists Association, which meets frequently to plan school events, offer constructive feedback on our projects, and spend time/bond outside of the classroom environment. At the J-school, we are constantly reminded to de-stress and maintain a positive mindset and a healthy well-being, so making time for relaxation and fun is absolutely mandatory! I recommend, without hesitation, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for any reporter who is serious about perfecting his or her craft or interested in developing new skillsets. Journalism is a constantly-evolving field, and Berkeley's J-school is ready to help students modernize and prepare for the current shift as well as any future change to come.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2006

College is a place where you learn and find yourself. The first time away from home, I was able to find myself and slowly define my own path and choose what I wanted to do. College is a very diverse place with many students from different backgrounds. My world broadened with the meeting of these people who I am still lucky to call friends as I was able to learn about various cultures.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2006

It was the best time of my life! University of California is the best
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

It is a great, well-rounded school. From the liberal arts to engineering, it has something for everyone. In addition to being great academically, it has a great campus culture that encourages people to be socially aware and to be involved in your community. I've learned so much from the people I met there.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014

It was an extension so my classes with at a remote class on with online classes. What we studied were exactly projects I was currently working on in my office. My Work, Degree, and the training I received made it possible for me to be promoted to Director of I.T. It was a great experience and I would recommend it highly.
2.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2008

It is a great institution to study public health as you have lecturers some of whom are physicians and/or work with international health organizations such as WHO.
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2012

I will always value my time at Cal. Not only for the things I learned, but also for the wonderful atmosphere on campus and around the area.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2006

Nice place to study and meet many types of people. I enjoyed my time.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018

The MSW program has a heavy academic/theoretical focus- all your practice happens in your field placement. The professors are variable- some are excellent, and some are near retirement, not up-to-date on advancements in the field, and less progressive than you would expect, given that it is Berkeley. The program is going through a transition period where older professors are retiring and they are hiring a more diverse group of younger professors. The school, overall, has less of a social-justice focus than I hoped, but there are some students working to change that. While the program isn't everything I hoped for now, I think it's heading in the right direction.
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2012

Excellent instruction and resources on campus
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