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UC San Diego Biological Sciences Ph.D. Program Ranked Among Nation’s Best

March 13, 2014

By Kim McDonald


Graduate students present research to their peers at the 2013 Salk-DoBS Retreat

Image by Nicole Oliver

UC San Diego’s biological sciences graduate program ranked 14th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate Schools guidebook, while its neuroscience/neurobiology graduate program ranked second in the nation.

The magazine’s rankings were based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys of administrators at more than 1,350 programs and over 13,500 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2013 and early 2014.

This year, new peer surveys were conducted and new rankings published for Ph.D. programs in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics. The previous survey was conducted in 2009.

Other fields listed near the top nationally at UC San Diego were chemistry (21st), computer science (15th), earth sciences (16th), mathematics (23rd) and physics (16th). In addition to the neuroscience/neurobiology program, high marks went to the university’s graduate program in discrete mathematics and combinations, which came in 3rd in the nation.

For more on UC San Diego’s U.S. News rankings visit UCSD News.

For information on 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools guidebook, visit U.S. News.