University of California - Berkeley Graduate Program Reviews

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

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  • 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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5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019

As PhD student in Bioengineering, I feel that UC Berkeley has done a wonderful job providing both a collaborative, yet internationally competitive research environment. I am very happy to be here. :)
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2022

Berkeley's History department is amazing - filled with immensely intelligent professors and students who are excited to be in this stimulating environment. The bay area is absurdly expensive, especially on a public university phd stipend, but the experience is worthwhile for the amazing academic environment and the opportunities that being in the part of the country offers, both on and off campus.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: The definite principles of Berkeley-Haas are more than just words on a page. The community is incredibly inclusive and students are curious, talented, and humble. As a student interested in social ventures, I feel supported and welcomed. The Bay Area is also a great ecosystem for testing entrepreneurial ideas. Cons: Berkeley is the only public school among the Top 10 MBA programs and there are limitations that come along with that for funding, staffing, programming, etc.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Excellent culture, diversity, and education in the heart of an extraordinary place of beauty and opportunity: the Bay Area. Haas' location, culture of humility and societal-awareness, and class size differentiate it from its MBA peers. The class size truly enables one to get to know all of their peers and to build a tight-knit network.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

Strong in criminal justice. Weak in macro. Good quality teaching. Domestic focus.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

The Goldman School of Public Policy offers a quantitatively rigorous program partnered with a collaborative community of diverse folks. I couldn't be happier with my decision to attend the Goldman School.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2017

The cost of living here in the Bay Area is ridiculously high and especially for students who are too busy with grad studies to find a job. But Berkeley's journalism program is wonderful, the faculty is extremely helpful in helping everyone discover their passion in reporting and a niche in the journalism scene. Classes are interesting and there are too many we want to take, only complaint is that the unit restrictions (14.5 per semester) isn't enough! We want to learn!!
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2020

The Berkeley Political Theory program is defined by extraordinarily smart and very accessible professors who generally like their students and want them to succeed. I've also found the intellectual environment to be truly first-rate. There is a strong sense of solidarity amongst the students in the department, which is nice and makes it easier to unplug from the daily grind and relax. The Bay Area is of course very expensive for anyone, much less a poor graduate student, and Berkeley itself is hit-or-miss in terms of whether it fits one's personal style.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The LL.M. program is intense and challenging, but insightful and eye-opening! The learning environment and networking is amazing. Social life is thrilling and the weather is simply great!
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

Structural Engineering in Berkeley is a very course-load intensive program. Top students from US and other countries come to attend this program. So competitiveness is an obvious trait here. But the good thing is you learn from top professors and they are always happy to help. Also this program provides access to advanced research facilities, training, and workshops so you are always on top of current events in your field. One downside of studying here is the cost. Tuition as well as living expense is quite high. So without full funding (which are difficult to get) it is quite a struggle.
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