Programs & Centers

Berkeley Master of Engineering

Core Leadership Courses

The business of engineering. Beyond technical.

In the Berkeley Master of Engineering Program, you learn from leaders, among leaders. Your entire student cohort completes a core leadership curriculum totaling 8 units. Taught by Berkeley Engineering faculty and guest lecturers with industry and entrepreneurial experience, the coursework covers key leadership principles and management concepts specific to technology-dependent enterprises.


Topics in the first semester include marketing, negotiations, organizational behavior, project management, ethics, accounting, finance and intellectual property.  You study actual business situations through case studies. Additionally, the course includes a parallel industry strategy project to illuminate a future industry change that draws technical capabilities and multidisciplinary analysis. The second semester explores key operational, leadership, and financial concepts relevant to technology-dependent enterprises.  Topics include strategy, advanced finance, quantitative marketing, entrepreneurship, law, governance and structure.



Engineering Leadership principles are integrated with concurrent technical capstone projects in this yearlong course.  Students enroll in this supplementary course while they are enrolled in the capstone project with their technical department capstone advisor. This workshop-based course applies leadership skills to the capstone project.   

  • commmunication skills, including writing and presentations  
  • management principles, including project management and team building


In the optional Innovation Lecture Series, you hear from leading innovators from Silicon Valley and elsewhere, sharing lessons from their own experience.