The Chemical Engineering Graduate Program at UC Santa Barbara ranks among the top five at public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Engineering Schools rankings. Out of 128 private and public institutions that offered doctorate degrees in chemical engineering, UCSB ranked eighth overall and fifth among public institutions.
As a whole, UCSB’s College of Engineering graduate program ranked 14th among public universities and 26th overall. The materials graduate program ranked second among public institutions and fifth out of the 114 public and private universities. The mechanical engineering graduate program ranked 15th among public universities and 29th out of 182 total institutions, while electrical engineering ranked 15th among public institutions and 27th out of 189 overall.
The annual report evaluated 202 engineering schools that granted doctoral degrees. Information used to compile the overall rankings included statistical data and surveys submitted by engineering school deans and recruiters. Specialty rankings, such as chemical engineering and materials, were based solely on peer assessments by department heads in each specialty area. U.S. News conducted peer assessment surveys in fall 2020 and early 2021 for thirteen specialty rankings.