University of California - Berkeley Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
of students recommend
(4.14 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 224 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and ACEND
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 40,154 (29,310 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 15% part-time, 85% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $14,170 in-state; $29,272 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

High quality professors and network, but also an investment in teaching and outreach
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I am a Ph.D. Student at Goldman School of Public Policy, U.C. Berkeley. I could not be in a better place, for me, at this stage of my life. The support and help I receive from faculty and staff is more than I could ever have hoped for. I have access to other schools at Berkeley. I am taking classes at Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law, Haas School of Business, and will continue to take advantage of those opportunities. I am a Criminal Justice major and have found my program to have profound interest in my studies. Thank you GSPP.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2013

Diverse school with incredibly knowledgable, dynamic, faculty. The Bay Area is a hub for Public Health research and work, abounding with networking opportunities. Biggest downsides are some lack of guidance and support on coursework and non-academic career paths.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012

The graduate program is a great opportunity to learn and work with the top in the field. There are many networking opportunities. However, the program could be streamlines a bit to have a better basis of breadth classes and skills.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

The IEOR graduate department is really selective : only 56 students were accepted into the program this year and we were only 3 students to do the Master program (the rest were either pHD students or 5-year program). The classes are thus voluntarily hard because geared towards very intelligent students. The expected amount of work to provide is huge but the course load isn't that intense and if you can manage your time efficiently, you can do decently well without suffering too much !
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Great University, Great Area, Great People!
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The people who do well in my program usually have an undergrad degree from a select institution and a strong sense of entitlement. Both serve a person well, because advising for doctoral students is hit or miss, particularly in the early years when no one is invested in your success. The cost of living is enormous, and most graduate students receive supplemental help from their parents or partners. Fellowship stipends and what you get paid to work your butt off as a teaching assistant come nowhere close to what you need to pay the rent on an apartment share and put food on the table.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

The education quality and the future career opportunities are of the best. Grad students, minus a small negligible set, are sane, friendly, and respectful. You can guarantee to run into some jerks though. But the city in which the school is located is horrible. Social life is not so great. If you're here for education quality, then those cons should not be a problem.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: diverse research interests, many faculty and student resources Cons: bureaucratic nightmare, lots of requirements
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Berkeley's grad program is undeniably competitive. I'm taking classes taught by some of the top scholars in my field. However, the high cost of living in the area makes it challenging for graduate students. Also, faculty here take a very hands-off approach towards their graduate students - you have to get by pretty much on your own.
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