Program Start Date: August 7, 2018
Please plan to be on campus by Tuesday, August 7, 2018 for the Master of Engineering orientation, followed by 8 days of Engineering Leadership 270A and E270B: Fall Leadership Intensive. This is almost two weeks before the official start of the UC Berkeley instruction. International students are strongly encouraged to start their visa application process as soon as possible to avoid any problems attending starting August 7th.
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 7-17, 2018 and January 7-18, 2019.
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.
Evening schedule for Fall 2018:
- IEOR 241 Risk Modeling, Simulation, and Data Analysis
- IEOR 240 Optimization Analytics
The Spring 2019 schedule is under construction. The Spring 2018 schedule is:
- IEOR 290, Fundamentals of Machine Learning & Data Analytics
- IEOR 242, Applications in Data Analytics
The Berkeley Master of Engineering program has a dedicated team to assist you in during your career search; Associate Director of Career Services, Julie McShane and Career Services Specialist, Jill Huynh.
Please read about career services/resources. These include: Employer resume book, Targeted workshops, Individual career counseling, Resume/cover letter consultations, Job search planning & strategy, Interview assistance, Networking opportunities, Access to industry partners, UC Berkeley Career Center Job Fairs and Workshops, College of Engineering Employer Information Sessions, Alumni Networks.
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 Engineering 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
New Student and Alumni Brunch
Start-up Networking Night in SF
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
Spring Career Fair
Internship & Summer Job Fair
CED Career Fair
Just in Time Job Fair
On Campus recruiting also runs from Mid-September through Mid-November and late January though 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. For consideration for YRP funding, please express interest by answering the appropriate questions in the 2017-18 online admissions application. For more information contact: James Collins, Assistant Registrar, 123 Sproul Hall, Ph (510) 642-3967.
- 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. Estimated costs for housing/transportation/food etc. are listed here.
- Please work with the UC Berkeley office of financial aid 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) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- 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. UC Berkeley Preferred Lender List
- 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. Students are encouraged to carefully explore all loan options available to them.
Tuition and fees for the Master of Engineering program 2018-2019 academic year are estimated to be $52,688 for CA Residents and $57,133 for Nonresidents. Final fees for some items such as Health Insurance are not finalized until June. Total billable costs may be slightly higher. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
To check the most up-to-date fee information at any time, visit the Office of The Registrar (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 $16,530
- Food $7,630
- Books and Supplies $598
- Personal $2,586
- Transportation $3,002
Fees for the 2016–17 academic year are $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) any time after January 1. 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 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.
- Favorite quote: “It is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” – C. JoyBell C.
- Favorite spot on the Berkeley campus: The redwood grove and stream near Haviland Hall
- Fun fact about me: I would wear flip flops everyday if I could 🙂
- Why Student Services? Students are the reason that I am here: working alongside students to empower and assist them as they achieve their educational goals. Connecting with students, hearing their life stories, and learning how transformational their education has been is the reason that I stay.
- 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.