Three Rausser College graduate programs are among the best in the U.S.

April 25, 2023
An aerial photo of the northwestern corner of the UC Berkeley campus, where several buildings that comprise Rausser College of Natural Resources are located.

Photo by Keegan Houser

Three graduate programs at Rausser College of Natural Resources are among the best in the United States, according to the latest round of rankings released late Monday by U.S. News & World Report.

The graduate program in microbiology was ranked second, environmental science was ranked third, and the program in environmental policy and management was ranked fourth. 

Across UC Berkeley, some 60 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 on this year’s U.S. News list, which analyzed business, education, engineering, public health, public affairs, and some science programs. 

“These rankings would not be possible without the efforts of our graduate student researchers,” Lisa Garcia Bedolla, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate Division, told Berkeley News. “Their intellectual contributions are key to sustaining Berkeley’s research excellence, which contributes directly to these impressive rankings.”

U.S. News collected the data for the 2024 rankings from surveys of 2,214 programs and from reputation queries sent to approximately 6,300 academics and 12,690 professionals. The surveys were conducted in fall 2022 and early 2023.

See the full rankings on the U.S News and World Report website.