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9th Among U.S. universities in the number of international scholars

High Achievements and Top Programs

Many UC Davis graduate programs have high national rankings in the nation and in the world , according to influential university ranking publications like U.S. News & World Report and QS World University Rankings. Take a look.

 

Graduate academic program rankings

 

Agriculture

  • 1st Agriculture and forestry (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • 1st Agricultural sciences (Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch 2011)
  • 2nd Agriculture (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 2nd Plant sciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Animal behavior

  • Between 51st and 78th among 94 national programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 2nd Animal sciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Anthropology

  • Between 7th and 21st among 82 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Biological sciences

  • 32nd in biology and biochemistry (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 19th in biological sciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2015”); 29th (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • Between 42nd and 100th among 122 programs for cell and developmental biology (National Research Council 2010)
  • 3rd in ecology/evolutionary biology (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”); between 5th and 28th among 94 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 20th in life sciences (2013 Academic Ranking of World by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  • Between 16th and 44th among 74 programs in microbiology (National Research Council 2010); 52nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 36th in molecular biology and genetics (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 47th in neuroscience and behavior (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Between 4th and 24th among 94 programs in population biology (National Research Council 2010)

Business and economics

  • Between 2nd and 4th among 28 programs in agricultural and resource economics (National Research Council 2010)
  • 74th in economics/business (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”); in the top 100 worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Economics
    • 32nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2012”)
    • Between 51st and 100th in economics and econometrics (QS World University Rankings 2015)
    • Between 29th and 44th among 117 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Graduate School of Management
    • 48th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)
    • 29th for part-time MBA program (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)
    • Among the top 40 in the U.S., and the top 70 in the world (The Economist 2014 “Which MBA?”)
    • 15th worldwide for faculty quality (The Economist 2014 “Which MBA?”)

Chemistry

  • Agricultural and environmental chemistry, between 31st and 90th among 178 programs  (National Research Council 2010)
  • Chemistry
    • 35th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
    • 38th worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
    • Between 30th and 88th among 178 programs (National Research Council 2010)
    • 81st (U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Global Universities)

Comparative literature

  • Between 14th and 28th among 46 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Composition

  • Among the top 17 universities for writing across the disciplines (U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “America’s Best Colleges”)

Earth sciences

  • 20th in earth sciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • 41st in earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • Between 46th and 95th among 140 programs in geology (National Research Council 2010)
  • 66th in geosciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Between 71st and 144th among 159 programs in soils and biogeochemistry (National Research Council 2010)

Education

  • Between 51st and 100th (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • 38th best School of Education (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)

Engineering

  • 33rd best College of Engineering (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”); 72nd in the world (2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings); between 51 and 75 in the world (2015 Academic Ranking of World  by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  • 83rd in engineering (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 28th tied in Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • 7th in Agricultural engineering (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • Between 72nd and 136th among 160 in applied science (National Research Council 2010)
  • 7th in biological/agricultural (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • Biomedical/bioengineering
    • 20th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
    • Between 26th and 54th among 74 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Chemical engineering
    • 28th tied (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
    • Between 15th and 41st among 106 programs (National Research Council 2010)
    • Between 51st and 100th (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • Civil engineering
    • Between 6th and 37th among 130 in civil and environmental engineering (National Research Council 2010) 
    • 10th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • Between 51st and 100th in civil and structural engineering (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • 35th in computer engineering (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • Computer science
    • 34th in computer science (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
    •  24th worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) 
    • Between 15th and 51st among 126 programs (National Research Council 2010)
    • 48th (U.S. News & World Reports “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Between 53rd and 99th among 136 programs in electrical and computer engineering (National Research Council 2010)
  • 34th tied in electrical/electronic/communications (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • Materials science
    • 22nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
    • Between 7th and 31st among 83 programs (National Research Council 2010)
    • 78th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Mechanical
    • 34th tied (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
    • Between 55th and 99th among 127 programs (National Research Council 2010)

English

  • 26th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2014”)
  • Between 44th and 75th among 119 (National Research Council 2010)

Entomology

  • Between 1st and 7th among 28 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Epidemiology

  • Between 29th and 70th among 91 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Environmental Sciences

  • 1st in ecology and the environment (Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch 2011) 
  • 4th in environment/ecology (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 15th (QS World University Rankings 2015)

Fine arts

  • 12th in ceramics (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2013”)
  • 27th in fine arts (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2013”); 21st (Top 100 Fine Arts College Ranking in 2010, U.S. College Rankings)

Food science

  • Between 4th and 17th among 31 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 1st in food science and nutrition (Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch 2010)
  • Between 1st and 15st among 44 programs in nutritional biology (National Research Council 2010)

French

  • Between 22nd and 34th among 43 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Genetics

  • Between 28th and 56th among 65 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Geography

  • Between 10th and 30th among 49 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Between 51st and 100th (QS World University Rankings 2015)

Geology

  • Between 46th and 95th among 140 programs (National Research Council 2010)

History

  • 27th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2014”)
    • 9th in U.S. colonial history
  • Between 40th and 68th among 137 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 42nd (QS World University Rankings 2015)

Immunology

  • Between 17th and 56th among 78 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 74th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Law

25th best School of Law according to national law school deans and faculty and 31st of almost 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)

Mathematics

  • 34th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • 29th worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Between 9th and 33rd among 127 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 95th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Applied mathematics
    • Between 4th and 15th among 33 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Topology
    • 13th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2013”)

Medicine

  • 15th in rural medicine (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2013”)
  • 19th in primary care (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)
  • 43rd in research (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)

Music

  • Between 12th and 28th among 63 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Neuroscience

  • Between 25th and 69th among 94 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Nursing

  • 43rd for Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)

Pathology

  • Between 26th and 54th among 78 programs in comparative pathology (National Research Council 2010)

Performance studies

  • Between 4th and 16th among 27 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Pharmacology and toxicology

  • Between 19th and 77th among 116 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 63th (U.S. News & World Reports “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Philosophy

  • Between 53rd and 76th among 90 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Physics

  • 29th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • In the top 100 worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Between 31st and 90th among 161 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 78th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Biophysics
    • Between 28th and 100th among 159 programs: (National Research Council 2010)
  • Space science
    • 81st (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Physiology

  • Between 19th and 48th among 63 programs in molecular, cellular and integrative: (National Research Council 2010)

Plant science

  • Between 5th and 29th among 116 programs in plant biology (National Research Council 2010) 
  • Between 7th and 42th among 116 programs  in plant pathology (National Research Council 2010)

Political science

  • Between 7th and 26th among 105 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 23rd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2014")
  • 15th in comparative politics (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2014”) 
  • 15th in political methodology (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2014”)

Psychology

  • 21st (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2014”)
  • Between 21st and 57th among 236 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Between 51st and 100th (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • 35th tied in psychiatry/psychology (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Sociology

  • 31st (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2014”)
  • Between 48th and 77th among 118 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Spanish

  • Between 1st and 6th among 60 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Statistics

  • 27th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015”)
  • Between 12th and 24th among 61 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 50th in statistics and operational research (QS World University Rankings 2015)

Transportation

  • Between 32nd and 95th among 130 programs in transportation technology and policy (National Research Council 2010)

Veterinary medicine

About Some Important Rankings

QS World University Rankings

In spring 2015, QS World University Rankings placed UC Davis in 27 of the 36 subjects covered. Programs ranking between 1 and 100 are found on our list.

New system for U.S. News and World Report

In fall 2014, U.S. News and World Report issued a new ranking of “2015 Best Global Universities,” using a framework with about 25 percent of the ranking reputation-based and the remainder a combination of citation and publication metrics, and Ph.D. production metrics. 

2010 National Research Council rankings

In fall 2010, the National Research Council released a comprehensive study of doctoral programs across the United States, and UC Davis programs did well. Rather than a straightforward ladder ranking of programs, the NRC committee provided five sets of "illustrative" ranking scales for each program. The NRC findings above related to overall rankings based on what a national survey of faculty members considered important to rate in academic programs. (Read more about the NRC survey.)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Since 2003, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China has issued academic rankings of world universities and reports the findings on its website.