Best Graduate Biological Sciences Programs

Ranked in 2018 | Best Graduate Biological Sciences Programs Rankings Methodology

A graduate degree in biological sciences gives students a broad base of knowledge in the life sciences. The discipline also offers many specialties, such as cell or molecular biology. These are the best schools for biological sciences. Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions.

Specialty
Rank School name Score
#1Tie
Overall Score:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Cambridge, MA

4.9
#1Tie
Overall Score:
Stanford University 

Stanford, CA

4.9
#1Tie
Overall Score:
University of California—​Berkeley 

Berkeley, CA

4.9
#4Tie
Overall Score:
California Institute of Technology 

Pasadena, CA

4.8
#4Tie
Overall Score:
Harvard University 

Boston, MA

4.8
#6Tie
Overall Score:
Johns Hopkins University 

Baltimore, MD

4.6
#6Tie
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Princeton University 

Princeton, NJ

4.6
#6Tie
Overall Score:
University of California—​San Francisco 

San Francisco, CA

4.6
#6Tie
Overall Score:
Yale University 

New Haven, CT

4.6
#10Tie
Overall Score:
Cornell University 

Ithaca, NY

4.5
#10Tie
Overall Score:
Duke University 

Durham, NC

4.5
#10Tie
Overall Score:
Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences 

La Jolla, CA

4.5
#13Tie
Overall Score:
Rockefeller University 

New York, NY

4.4
#13Tie
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University of Chicago 

Chicago, IL

4.4
#13Tie
Overall Score:
Washington University in St. Louis 

St. Louis, MO

4.4
#16Tie
Overall Score:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 

Cold Spring Harbor, NY

4.3
#16Tie
Overall Score:
University of California—​San Diego 

La Jolla, CA

4.3
#18Tie
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Columbia University 

New York, NY

4.2
#18Tie
Overall Score:
University of California—​Davis 

Davis, CA

4.2
#18Tie
Overall Score:
University of California—​Los Angeles 

Los Angeles, CA

4.2
#18Tie
Overall Score:
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center—​Dallas 

Dallas, TX

4.2
#18Tie
Overall Score:
University of Wisconsin—​Madison 

Madison, WI

4.2
#23Tie
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University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor 

Ann Arbor, MI

4.1
#23Tie
Overall Score:
University of Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia, PA

4.1
#23Tie
Overall Score:
University of Washington 

Seattle, WA

4.1

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