The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has gained ground and is now ranked eighth among engineering schools at public universities, and is the 14th highest ranking program overall, according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings announced Tuesday. UCLA Engineering is the smallest of the public engineering schools in the top eight.
Last year, U.S. News ranked the school’s graduate program ninth among public schools and 16th in the country.
The 2016 rankings also place UCLA second among the graduate programs in the University of California system, an improvement over the results of annual U.S. News rankings dating back to 2002.
The rankings are based on criteria including assessments by peers and recruiters, faculty research productivity, total research expenditures, quality of incoming graduate students, the number of doctoral degrees granted, and other factors.
With a full-time faculty of 157 in 2013-14, UCLA produced 175 Ph.D. graduates, or 1.12 Ph.D.s per full-time faculty member. This is the third-highest ratio of any of the top schools in the rankings.
Five fields of study within UCLA Engineering — aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering — are in the top 20 in their category, according to U.S. News.
UCLA Engineering is considered among the best in the world in other ranking systems. The 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings named UCLA Engineering as the top public engineering school in the United States, the fifth best program in the country, and the ninth best in the world.
In rankings released earlier this year, U.S. News named the UCLA Master of Science in Engineering Online program the number one online engineering program in the country.