Program Start Date: August 13, 2019
Please plan to be on campus by Tuesday, August 13, 2019 for the Master of Engineering orientation, followed by 8 days of Engineering Leadership 270A and E270B: Fall Leadership Bootcamp. This is almost two weeks before the official start of the UC Berkeley instruction. We strongly encourage international students to start their visa application process as soon as possible to avoid any problems attending starting August 13th.
Each semester begins with two units of the three-unit Engineering Leadership courses that are front-loaded before the start of each semester. Please be prepared to be on-campus full time during August 13-23, 2019 and January 6-17, 2020.
The MEng program is currently a lock–step, two-semester degree program. Students who do not complete all of their degree requirements in the normative time may petition to extend their time to degree. UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division considers petitions for extensions from the department individually and for academic reasons only. It is Graduate Division policy that when students complete their degree requirements, they will graduate.
You have applied to and been admitted into one College of Engineering department offering the MEng degree, chosen by you during the admissions process. Admitted students cannot switch departments. You are required to reapply for next year if you prefer to enroll in the MEng program in another department, or in another degree program, such as MS or PhD.
Concentration policies vary by department; please ask your department staff advisor about your department’s policy on switching concentrations. Any changes must be implemented before the program begins in fall.
The Berkeley Master of Engineering program has a dedicated team to assist you in during your career search: Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations, Julie McShane and Assistant Director of Career Development, Dione Rivera.
You can expect to participate in targeted workshops, individual career counseling, resume/cover letter consultations, job search planning & strategy, interview assistance, and networking opportunities. You will also have access to industry partners, UC Berkeley Career Center job fairs and workshops, College of Engineering employer information sessions, and alumni networks. Please read about career services/resources for more information.
Find out where our students go in this comprehensive MEng Employment Report!
In addition to the Master of Engineering Career Services, the Cal Career Center has an extensive on-campus recruiting program and numerous programs and workshops for engineering students. Both MEng Career Services and the Cal Career Center have special programs such as how to approach the job market, resume preparation, how to interview, along with providing opportunities to meet employers.
Sample of Master of Engineering Career Events
In the Fall:
New Student and Alumni Brunch
Professional Development Workshops
Info Sessions with Industry Partners
Startup Networking Night
Alumni & New Student Happy Hour
Campus Career Fair Schedule and Recruiting Timeline
Investment Banking Forum
Cal Career Fair
EECS Career Fair
Masters & PhD Career Fair
Civil & Environmental Engineering Career Fair
STEM Career Fair
Spring Job Fair
College of Environmental Design Career Fair
Just in Time Job Fair
Recruiters also run on-campus recruiting from Mid-September through Mid-November and late January through early April. For more details about what the career services team offers MEng students, please view the Career Services section of the Student Handbook.
Unfortunately, Master of Engineering students are NOT eligible for graduate student teaching, research (GSI/GSR/TA), or reader positions due to the brevity and intensity of the program. This policy is stated in the MEng student handbook.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) website provides extensive details on the education benefits available to veterans in various statuses, such as vocational/rehabilitation, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and active duty. Check out the VA’s Benefits Calculator to learn more details about the amounts available to you. Please also check out the BAH Calculator to get an idea of what your housing allowance might be.
Veterans Yellow Ribbon Program
The Master of Engineering program participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP). Students who believe they qualify for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits (also known as Chapter 33) can be considered. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides funding for any gap in tuition and fees not already covered by the VA or other fee-specific award. To be considered for YRP funding, please answer the relevant questions in the 2019-20 online admissions application. For more information contact the UC Berkeley Veteran’s Benefits unit in the Office of the Registrar, 123 Sproul Hall, Phone (510) 642-1592.
We encourage admitted students with industry- or faculty- supported potential project ideas to connect possible partners with our Director of Capstone to learn more and initiate the proposal process, ideally before summer. Startup or entrepreneurial projects that are proposed and led by admitted students without external support have not been successful in the past and therefore typically are not accepted.
- Master of Engineering students are NOT eligible for graduate student teaching or research (GSI/GSR/TA) positions due to the brevity and intensity of the program.
- Estimated living expenses are NOT included in tuition/fees. We recommend researching the estimated cost of attendance, including housing, food, and personal costs so that you may budget responsibly.
- Please work with the UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office to apply for loans.
- Federal Loans: All U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents enrolled at least half-time (6 units) can apply for the Federal Direct Loan and the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- File your FAFSA early to ensure that there is no delay in funding. You can and should apply for aid before you are admitted to Berkeley.
- The annual Direct Loan limit is $20,500 and has a fixed interest rate of 5.84%. There is also a 1.068% origination fee deducted at the time of disbursement. *subject to change, please check directly with FAFSA.
- The Grad PLUS Loan has an annual limit of the Cost of Attendance minus other aid received and has a fixed interest rate of 6.84%. The Grad PLUS Loan has a 4.272% origination fee deducted at the time of disbursement. *subject to change, please check directly with FAFSA.
- PRIVATE LOANS: The UC Office of the President has compiled a comprehensive Preferred Lender List (PLL) with fixed rate options, variable rate options, and interest payment (while in school) options. The selection process considered the needs of our students in the categories of pricing, service, and technology. Below is the list provided by the UC Office of the President. International students will need a US co-signer in most cases.
- OTHER LENDERS: Lenders such as Prodigy Finance offer loans to international students without the need for a co-signer. These lenders will have varying qualifications (e.g., credit check), loan terms and loan maximums. We encourage students to carefully explore all loan options available to them.
Tuition and fees for the Master of Engineering program 2019-20 academic year are estimated to be $53,000 for CA residents and $58,650 for nonresidents. Fees for some items such as Health Insurance are not finalized until June. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are also subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by state funding reductions. Accordingly, a student’s final balance due may differ from the amounts listed above.
To check the most up-to-date fee information at any time, visit the Office of The Registrar Fee Schedule (fees are shown per semester.)
Each year, UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division estimates the average additional costs for a graduate student during the nine-month academic year. These costs include living expenses, books and supplies, in addition to fees and tuition. These estimates are the basis for determining ﬁnancial aid eligibility and supplemental loan borrowing limits. Because these estimates are averages, actual costs – especially housing costs – may be higher. Estimated living expenses are not included in tuition/fees (estimated costs for housing/transportation/food etc.).
Full-Time MEng Estimated Other Costs
- Housing and Utilities $17,332
- Food $7,902
- Books and Supplies $620
- Personal $2,678
- Transportation $3,110
Fees for the 2019–20 academic year are estimated to be $2,200.00 per unit. A minimum of 25 units are required for graduation. Total program cost is estimated to be approximately $55,000. Program fees are subject to adjustment annually.
Students must enroll in a minimum 6 units per semester to be eligible for financial aid, including federal loans. Part-time MEng program students should be prepared to cover the entire cost of the program through employer support, savings, and loans. Scholarships or grants are not available for part-time MEng students.
Federal ﬁnancial aid, in the form of loans, is available for graduate students who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents taking six or more units per semester. To apply, ﬁle the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for need-based fellowships and departmental funding. UC Berkeley’s institution code for the FAFSA is 001312. You can and should apply for aid before you are admitted to Berkeley.
UC Berkeley participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program, a federally funded, non-credit-based loan program for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Up to $20,500 may be borrowed annually through a combination of subsidized and unsubsidized loan funds. Students wanting to borrow more than $20,500 can also use the Federal Grad PLUS Loan.
The majority of our part-time students receive some form of employer support to help with tuition and scheduling. For tips on obtaining sponsorship from your company, check out our blog post.
Unlike MS/PhD programs, but similar to other professional masters programs, less than half of admitted students received partial scholarships. Scholarship and grant recipients were notified of their awards with their offer of admission.
You can apply for outside scholarships.
Discover more about the Berkeley MEng program by reading the additional program FAQs.
- Favorite quote: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
- Favorite spot on the Berkeley campus: The patio of the Free Speech Movement Cafe.
- Fun fact about me: I got a hole in one my first time playing golf.
- Why Admissions? My passion is creating the best educational opportunities to grow future engineering leaders who will change the world.
- Favorite quote: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
- Favorite spot on the Berkeley campus: The top of the Campanile.
- Fun fact about me: My first job was making pizzas.
- Why Career Development? It is a privilege to help people navigate their career journey. I love learning about new jobs, career trends, and different industries then sharing my expertise with students so they can succeed in their next step! It is equally rewarding to hear from alumni and learn where their careers have taken them after the MEng program.
Assistant Director, Career Development, MEng
- Favorite quote: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” By Walter Bagehot
- Favorite spot on the Berkeley campus: Wherever the sun warms the green grass.
- Fun fact about me: I use chopsticks when I eat a salad.
- Why Career Development? I like helping people finding their way through challenging situations and see them succeed.
- Favorite philosophy: “No regrets, only lessons.”
- Favorite spot on the Berkeley campus: The view from the Berkeley Law patio of Steinhart Courtyard on the 2nd floor. Sunset view is amazing.
- Fun fact about me: I am a sushi lover.
- Why Student Services? Students inspire me and keep me energized. I love engaging with students and passionate about helping students achieve their personal and academic goals.
- Favorite quote: “When they go low, we go high” – Michelle Obama
- Favorite spot on campus: California Memorial Stadium
- Fun fact about me: I swam competitively for 14 years
- Why Admissions? Making the choice to come to Berkeley as a student is still the single most impactful experience of my life, and I owe those experiences to every person who advocated for me and guided me through the application and admissions process! I decided to pursue a campus role in Admissions because I receive true satisfaction from providing similar types of support to prospective students.