UC Davis continues to rank among the nation’s top graduate engineering schools

College of Engineering

The UC Davis College of Engineering continues to rank among the nation’s top graduate engineering schools at 33 out of nearly 200 public and private graduate engineering programs, according to the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges.

 “These rankings highlight the transformative, interdisciplinary research in engineering and computer science provided by our graduate programs, with strengths in climate science, transportation and the food-energy-water nexus, among many others,” said Jeffery Gibeling, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “Our faculty, researchers and graduate students have shown tremendous adaptability and resilience in this last year, and we are thankful for their continuous efforts in maintaining strong research activities.”

The college’s highest-ranking graduate programs are biological and agricultural engineering and civil engineering, at number 3 and number 11, respectively. Additionally, six out of the ten programs either maintained or increased their position from last year’s rankings.

Here is the full list of graduate program rankings:

  • Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering – ranked 25
  • Biological/agricultural engineering – ranked 3
  • Biomedical/bioengineering – ranked 24
  • Chemical engineering – ranked 30
  • Civil engineering – ranked 11
  • Computer engineering – ranked 37
  • Electrical engineering – ranked 37
  • Environmental engineering – ranked 14
  • Materials science and engineering – ranked 32
  • Mechanical engineering – ranked 37

The U.S. News and World Report ranking annually evaluates engineering graduate schools on a weighted score based on factors such as peer evaluations, research activity, student selectivity and faculty resources. Individual programs are based on peer assessments by department heads in each area.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on fall 2020 admissions, there was a shift in the ranking methodology. Schools that reported fewer than 25 percent (down from 50 percent previously) of their entering students GRE quantitative scores received less credit for those mean test scores in the rankings. Specifically, their percentile distributions were adjusted downward by the proportions of their student bodies that submitted test scores in relation to the 25 percent threshold. UC Davis engineering graduate programs do not require the GRE for Fall 2021 admission.

Visit the U.S. News and World Report website for a complete list of rankings and information on methodology.

Read the UC Davis news release for more information on graduate program rankings across campus.