The National Research Council Committee to Assess Research-Doctorate Programs evaluates the quality of the faculty in 212 American research universities approximately every 15 years. Of the 62 doctorate degree disciplines studied in the 2011 evaluation, 33 UCLA academic departments ranked among the top 10 in the country and 12 ranked among the top 20.

Distinguished faculty members at UCLA include Nobel prizewinners, Guggenheim fellows, Sloan fellows, and Fulbright scholars, as well as numerous members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In fact, UCLA consistently places among the leading universities nationwide in the number of these prestigious awards granted to its faculty members.

This remarkable pool of talent is shared across the College and 12 professional schools. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by the College and by schools focused on engineering, fine arts, media, nursing, performing arts, and public affairs. The other professional schools offer graduate degree programs and undergraduate minors.

Undergraduates may earn Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in one of 130 disciplines; graduate students may earn one of 129 master/professional and 129 doctorate/professional degrees.

Academic programs undergo continuous review and evaluation to maintain their excellence, and new degree programs are added as they are approved by the Academic Senate or the Regents.