A warm welcome! This new admit website’s mission is to give admitted students the resources needed to choose the Berkeley MEng. Please take the time to read through the information on these pages and attend some or all of our virtual visit events. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our staff is here to answer your questions and offer advice.
Additionally, we will be hosting a number of summer Q&A Sessions with Student Affairs and departmental staff. More information will be shared via bCourses Announcements.
The default instructional mode for fall 2021 will be in-person
We understand that many students have questions about campus plans for the fall 2021 semester. We wish to share information with you as proactively as possible while we carefully observe the progress of the current pandemic. We encourage you to review the campus’ updated plans for fall semester 2021. The University of California as a whole system, plans to be primarily-in person instruction for fall 2021. The Berkeley campus is planning for primarily in-person enrollment in the fall, with options for remote instruction to ensure physical distance and safety, and to accommodate international students who may not be able to get visas in time. This plan is subject to change, based on changing variables. What this means for individual courses instructional format (e.g., remote or in-person) and co-curricular activities (such as career workshops) is currently under development. The MEng program will do our best to optimize your on-campus experiences, while adhering to health/safety requirements. We will plan instructional and extracurricular activities that offer the greatest benefit to MEng students.
Update April 8, 2021: We know that some international students may not be able to attend in-person classes in the fall because of their inability to obtain a visa and/or enter the U.S. It is unknown at this time whether and to what extent a remote instructional option will be available to MEng students, and availability might vary by department. We are working on possible accommodation options and will provide updates as soon as possible.
Update April 14, 2021: Additional details for graduate students regarding fall 2021 instruction
Update May 14, 2021: As we head into the fall, being vaccinated will become the primary means of preventing infection by the coronavirus causing COVID-19. Many temporary public health measures such as physical distancing, capacity restrictions, enhanced cleaning, increased attention to ventilation and testing will be reduced, or in some cases, no longer be necessary thanks to the widespread availability of the vaccine.
Students who are able to travel to Berkeley will be expected to be in-residence by Wednesday,August 25, 2021 in time to observe a one-week period for testing, vaccination for those who need it, and self-sequester before the start of in-person classes.
At the same time, some MEng courses will be made available for remote enrollment, primarily to support the needs of international students who may not be able to enter the country.
Fall Engineering Leadership Courses
- August 11-20, 2021 Boot Camp required classes (ENGIN 270A OB & Negotiations; ENGIN 270B R&D Tech Mgmt & Ethics) will be fully remote and synchronous for all students, and attendance and participation is required. We will offer multiple sections at different times during the day; including sections before 9am and after 5pm PDT to accommodate international time zones.
- Fall semester Engineering Leadership required classes (ENGIN 270C Teaming & Project Management and ENGIN 295 Communications): Multiple sections will be offered online, before 9am and after 5pm PDT to accommodate international time zones. Multiple sections will also be offered in-person, between 9am-5pm PDT.
Departments will offer remote enrollment in required and in-demand fall MEng technical electives through both synchronous and asynchronous online instruction, primarily so that international students awaiting visas or travel clearance can make progress towards their chosen concentrations.
- BioE will be recording many in-person technical electives to enable remote, asynchronous enrollment.
- CEE will record content for the in-person technical electives based on need and accommodate time zones, if possible.
- EECS will offer remote enrollment in many fall MEng technical electives through either synchronous or asynchronous online instruction.
- IEOR: INDENG 240, INDENG 241(required), and INDENG 242 (required for FinTech) in fall 2021 are large fall MEng classes that will be held remotely. Other MEng courses that are smaller in enrollment size are being discussed with the faculty in conjunction with university regulations.
- ME will be recording many in-person technical electives to enable remote, asynchronous enrollment.
- MSE: MSE 200A, MSE 215, and MSE C208 classes will be held in an asynchronous manner with recorded content posted to the course management system. Other courses are likely to be offered in a hybrid format.
- NE will offer remote enrollment in many fall MEng technical electives through asynchronous online recordings.
On July 16, 2021, enrollment appointments will become available on CalCentral for new graduate students for fall 2021. The Class Schedule will be updated with your course options before enrollment begins.
As always, if you need accommodations for a disability in order to fully participate in your in-person courses or to postpone your studies until you are able to attend your courses in-person, please visit the Disabled Students’ Program website to apply for services.
A reminder, the deadline to request a deferral of admission from your MEng department is May 15, 2021.
MEng Orientation and Pre-Fall Boot Camp to be offered synchronously, and remotely.
The Fung Institute will be offering a fully online experience for our pre-fall Orientation (August 9-10, 2021) and Engineering Leadership Boot Camp (August 11-20, 2021) activities. This decision was made after careful deliberation and with a focus on the health and safety of our community. While attendance in person / on campus before the start of the regular semester instruction August 25th is not required, we encourage you to arrive early to find housing and get acclimated; there may be other events prior to August 25th, including Departmental and Berkeley International Office new graduate student orientations, online and/or in person.
Online Orientation: August 9-10, 2021
Please plan to be available to virtually attend the online Master of Engineering orientation on Monday and Tuesday, August 9-10, 2021. Important information will also be recorded and posted for viewing on-demand. We are planning synchronous and asynchronous programming throughout both days.
Virtual Engineering Leadership Boot Camp: August 11-20, 2021
This year our Fall Boot Camp will be offered entirely through remote, synchronous online instruction. Fall Boot Camp consists of two, 1-unit courses: ENGIN 270A (Organizational Behavior & Negotiations) and ENGIN 270B (R&D Tech Management). Each course will meet in a Zoom discussion format for 90 minutes per day over eight weekdays. Multiple synchronous sections will be offered to accommodate students located in different time zones.
Please be prepared to be engaged and in class 3 hours each weekday from August 12-14, and August 17-21, 2020. You will be expected to read the material for case discussion in advance of each class session. Syllabi and readers will be shared closer to the start date in August.
Winter Boot Camp will take place January 3-14, 2022, ahead of the spring semester. The format of these classes (in-person or online) will be determined once we have more information about the fall and spring semesters at UC Berkeley.
MEng Info Session and Virtual Visit Week
We hosted an online information session on March 22 to share why new admits should choose UC Berkeley’s Master of Engineering program. Students, alumni, and program staff answered questions and discussed our innovative leadership curriculum, capstone projects, and dedicated student and career services. This event was recorded and posted here. Please also check out the week of specialized events March 29 – April 2 during the MEng Virtual Visit Week!
“The full impact of the MEng education becomes more apparent each year of my career.” – Zachery Beauvais, MEng ‘12 (NE)
Recommendations for admission by the College of Engineering departments are not a guarantee of admission by the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, who will distribute official notification of admission through your online application account once all required documents have been received.