UC Santa Barbara’s Chemical Engineering and Materials programs have once again made the top 10 lists of best graduate programs among the nation’s universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings released today.
The College of Engineering’s Materials program ranked No. 2 on the overall U.S. News list, and placed No. 1 among public institutions. UCSB’s Materials program shares second place with Northwestern University and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Massachusetts Institute of Technology claimed the No. 1 spot.
UCSB’s Chemical Engineering program was ranked No. 8 on the overall list, and No. 4 among public universities.
The College of Engineering moved up one notch this year, to No. 19 on the overall list. It ranked No. 11, tied with the University of Pennsylvania, on the public universities list.
“The latest rankings confirm UC Santa Barbara’s leadership role in graduate education across a wide spread of disciplines,” Dr. Carol Genetti, Dean of the UCSB Graduate Division, said in an Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC) news release. “Our graduate programs are a great source of pride for the campus and our students are known for their extraordinary impact on their disciplines and on our broader society. I am truly gratified to see this recognized at the national level.”
“This upward trend in our rankings shows that UCSB’s impact in engineering and the sciences is recognizable on a global level,” Rod Alferness, Dean of the College of Engineering, said in the release. “We continue to be dedicated to the success of our engineering students and faculty. Our graduate programs are becoming known as the best in the world, and students seek out the unparalleled opportunities they find at UCSB.”
U.S. News does not rank all programs each year. Rankings for graduate programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Biological Sciences, such as Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, and Physics, were not updated this year.