The program offers three distinct features to position graduates for higher-level positions and more inﬂuence in your organization:
In the M.Eng. program, students deepen their technological expertise by completing 12 units of graduate-level engineering coursework. This is balanced with 8 units of leadership coursework covering the essential business and management concepts engineers must know to advance to higher positions in industry. Additionally, 5 units of focused work on the capstone project integrates the technical and leadership elements of the curriculum.
For those seeking a research or academic career, an M.S./Ph.D. program may be the best ﬁt. However, if you ever intend to start a ﬁrm, or simply want to multiply the effectiveness of your technical research, the M.Eng. is an excellent choice. The M.Eng. will provide the leadership and technical skills for advancement toward these goals after just one year of intensive, industry-oriented study.
In a 5th-year master’s, you continue to take engineering coursework, but you do not have access to the leadership coursework or the integrative capstone experience.
Certainly! The minimum educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree, or recognized equivalent, in engineering or a related scientiﬁc or mathematics discipline from an accredited institution. Holders of advanced degrees are welcome to apply.
The chances of landing a higher-level industry position improve greatly with the M.Eng. degree on one’s résumé.
We recognize that students do not always follow a linear trajectory from education to career. The M.Eng. program welcomes early-career professionals who opt to resume their education. Industry experience will be an advantage in the leadership and Capstone courses. Being out of school for more than 5–7 years, however, may make it harder to do well in the technical or quantitative graduate courses. In the selection process, we will be looking for a balance of these two skill sets.
The M.Eng. admissions process is highly selective and classes are kept small to encourage interaction among the student cohort, faculty and industry mentors. That said, we do not have a set limit on enrollees. The 2013-14 cohort is 140 students. Class size ranges from typically 10-30 students in a technical course, to a weekly lecture of 150 plus case discussion sections of 50 for the leadership course.
You may choose to apply to either the full-time one-year program, or part-time program for working professionals. You will be asked to choose which option you will be considered for during the application process. Both options employ the same standards and criteria for admissions. All classes are taught on campus by top Berkeley Engineering faculty and industry partners.
The one-year M.Eng. program follows a cohort model, in which students start and complete the program as part of a closely knit group. This cohort becomes a professional network you can rely on throughout your career. For this reason, spring admission is unfortunately not an option.
This is a one-year professional program that culminates in the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree. If, partway into the M.Eng. program, you decide to pursue a research career instead, you will need to submit a fresh application to a doctoral program. You may be able to apply credits earned in the M.Eng. program toward a Ph.D., provided you are accepted.
Yes, you will be a regularly matriculated graduate student and be accorded all the rights and responsibilities associated with this status.
Work experience is not required. The program is designed for recent college graduates and early-career technical professionals.
International students are encouraged to apply. We seek a globally diverse student cohort. Student visas are available to students admitted into the full-time M.Eng. program. Student visas are not available for the part-time program.
We strongly encourage Berkeley Engineering undergraduates to apply, although we do not have an ofﬁcial policy giving them preference for admission.
You cannot apply to more than one UC Berkeley graduate program at a time. You will need to decide which graduate program is the best ﬁt for your goals, and apply to that one program. If you are seeking a research or academic career, apply to an M.S./ Ph.D. program. If you are seeking a professional or management career, apply to the M.Eng. program.
Yes, you’ll need to provide all materials required for a standard UC Berkeley graduate application, such as academic transcripts, a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, current GRE scores and (if applicable) TOEFL scores. Complete application instructions. In selecting candidates for the professional M.Eng., the College of Engineering will use the same criteria used for evaluating M.S. candidates, with extra emphasis on leadership potential. Your statement of purpose and letters of recommendation will be especially important in that regard.
Your application must be submitted prior to midnight Paciﬁc Standard Time the evening of your department’s deadline. Remember to follow your department’s instructions for submitting your letters of recommendation, GRE (and TOEFL, if required) scores and other supplemental materials. List of departmental deadlines for applications and supplemental materials.
Upon completion of program requirements, students receive the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in their chosen technical concentration; i.e., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Nuclear Engineering.
For 2013-14, we are able to offer engineering concentrations across all seven Berkeley Engineering departments:
The course sequence for your 12 units of technical electives has been carefully designed to give you the optimal exposure to your chosen ﬁeld in just two semesters. If you have an interest in, for example, energy, your home department (the one offering your technical concentration) may allow you to choose some energy-related technical electives.
The 25-unit Master of Engineering Program is an intensive, accelerated degree focused on preparing you for leadership roles in industry. We think the balance of 8 units for your leadership and management coursework, 12 units for your technical electives and 5 units of capstone project work is the best preparation. It is possible to take more than 13 units per semester, but we believe that will make a demanding program even more demanding.
In your 8 units of leadership and management coursework, you will learn how technology innovation is managed in both entrepreneurial ventures and established companies. The required skill set is the same in both settings: ﬁnding a market for your idea, identifying risks and opportunities, motivating stakeholders and securing resources.
Yes, although bear in mind that admission is very competitive and that we will need to be conﬁdent of your ability to handle the technical rigor of your engineering concentration, at the graduate level.
In high-tech settings, the program facilitates a career path leading to positions such as technology manager, director of R&D, director of engineering, vice president of engineering and so forth. Virtually all companies and organizations in today’s global economy rely heavily on technology. This program prepares graduates to play a key strategic role in inﬂuencing how technology can be managed to advance business objectives.
Across the program’s three dimensions – leadership coursework, technical concentration and capstone project – you’ll have regular contact with industry leaders and organizations. Guest lecturers will describe what they’ve learned from their successes and failures. Industry partners will help you apply your technical knowledge to real-world challenges and opportunities.
The M.Eng. cohort will beneﬁt from career advising services tailored exclusively for students in this program. These services emphasize professional development and career search support/career services.
Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, is available. All admitted students are automatically considered for a merit-based grant. To be considered for the Master of Engineering opportunity grant, fill out this College of Engineering Grant Application section within the online application completely.