We are honored to welcome you to UC Berkeley and the College of Engineering. We know our program, given its technical depth and leadership development, is a great fit for your remarkable accomplishments, academic interests, and professional goals.
Meet Your Cohort!
We invite you to download our official Berkeley MEng: Meet Your Cohort app, to access the Community Board and virtually meet your fellow new admits. The invitation code is in your email.
MEng Ambassador Directory
Alumni and current students have volunteered to be your ambassadors as you make your decision. They are eager to answer your questions about the program and the student experience. Feel free to contact any of the ambassadors listed in the MEng Ambassador Directory. The password is in your email.
Accept Your Offer of Admission by April 15, 2022
Secure your spot by submitting the “Reply to the Offer of Admission” form, located in your official offer of admission email from the Graduate Division. The deadline to commit is Friday, April 15, 2022. A $500 non-refundable Statement of Intent to Register deposit is required (once you have submitted your SIR, activated your CalNet ID, and can access the deposit bill in CalCentral). This non-refundable deposit is applied toward payment of your first term of tuition and fees. For more information on next steps, read here on accepting your offer.
Program Start Date: Monday, August 8, 2022
Plan to attend the program starting Monday, August 8 for 2 days of the MEng Orientation, followed by 8 days of Engineering Leadership Boot Camp courses (ENGIN 270A and B for 2 units). This is almost two weeks before the official start of UC Berkeley instruction on August 24, 2022. Attendance is required. Orientation and boot camp classes are planned as a combination of in-person and online activities. We strongly encourage international students to start their visa application process as soon as possible.
Each semester, MEng students take 4 units in Engineering Leadership courses. Two units take place before the start of each semester in the leadership boot camp. The final 2 units are completed during the regular semester. Please be prepared to attend the program starting August 8-19, 2022 and January 3-13, 2023 (January dates subject to revision).
COVID-19 Campus Updates
We have great empathy for admitted students trying to plan their academic future as we emerge from the pandemic. For the latest information about planning for Fall 2022, please visit the campus coronavirus website and Berkeley International Office COVID-19 updates.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have as you get to know all that Berkeley has to offer – we are here to support you.
We look forward to meeting you soon.
Claire and Yvette
Once again, congratulations on your recommendation for admission to the Berkeley MEng program! We hope you choose to join us in August as we embark on another great year at UC Berkeley.
The MEng Career Development program offers opportunities to expand students’ professional aptitude through skill building and career exploration workshops along with individualized career coaching. We also offer students access to special events designed to let them connect to our international alumni network, industry partners, and startup ecosystem. Our career programming is intended to support students at all stages of their professional lives and our aim is to merge the concepts of Career Design and Changemaking to empower students to move towards a meaningful and impactful future upon graduation and throughout their careers.
Career Development Programming
Our experienced career coaches provide a variety of services to assist MEng students with their career planning and to improve their job search skills, including:
- Job Search Strategy
- Resume and Cover Letter Consultation
- Interview Preparation
- Online Branding and LinkedIn Profile Development
- Salary Negotiation
- Career Employment Report
From exclusive workshops to online self-service resources to opportunities for mentorship, students are exposed to various career pathways, market trends, and opportunities to engage in resume boosting experiences including:
- Industry-Sponsored Tech Talks
- Leadership Seminar Series
- Industry Mentorship Initiative
- Career-Focused Affinity Groups
As an MEng student you will also have access to an active alumni and industry network that is ready to help you get connected! We organize numerous networking experiences and maintain supportive online tools including:
- Recruiting Events
- Alumni Meet & Greets
- Design Challenges
- FI Connect: Dedicated networking platform and job board
Pursuing the Berkeley MEng degree is an exciting step in your career, and the career development team hopes to help you through the career planning process next year!
The career development team is hosting several events during Virtual Visit Week, including drop-in office hours and career-focused affinity group sessions with student leaders.
We hope to meet you there. Let us know if you have any questions. Go Bears!
Julie, Dione, and Alicia
Congratulations! You’ve survived a tough admissions process run by dozens of faculty, staff, alumni, and students. You’ve been recommended for admission to study engineering at one of the world’s best universities, and most of you will be choosing between UC Berkeley and other fantastic programs. I am going to point out four reasons why you should pick Cal.
#1 Discover innovative solutions to current problems.
Work with world renowned faculty, researchers, and industry partners. You will experience an intense capstone project that combines technical, business and societal challenges. Past examples include: developing a virtual reality tool for the US Patent Office, modeling the energy impact of autonomous vehicles, and designing a novel implant for regulating eye pressure in glaucoma patients.
You’ll directly apply your classroom learning in both technical and leadership classes and work in teams with oversight from a professor or industrial mentor. While other masters programs might have projects, very few of them will have an intense, year-long, team-led experience that matches the MEng capstone.
#2 Benefit from many career opportunities.
We’re located next to Silicon Valley, the nation’s technology hub.
Immerse yourself in innovative pedagogy with case studies, lectures, simulations, and group exercises developed by leadership professors and Silicon Valley industry experts. Learn more about students’ various career paths.
Not sure about the next step in your career? The MEng is an enabling degree that opens up a variety of paths. You can get a great job in Silicon Valley or apply for a MBA, JD, or PhD. If these don’t interest you, there’s always entrepreneurship; we have a substantial set of founders in the MEng alumni network!
#3 Earn your degree in one year.
Finish your degree and start doing what you love. Accelerate your career by expanding your network through dedicated career development services and access to alumni, industry connections, and Silicon Valley luminaries.
NEW! Tech+PLUS Certificates: For MEng students seeking additional technical challenge, we offer the Tech+PLUS Certificates in the BioE, MSE, NE, or ME departments.
#4 Make friends and connections that you won’t forget.
Alumni happy hours, networking events, and reunions will keep these bonds strong.
You’ll be in a cohort of fantastic peers and make friends that will last a lifetime. Your year in California will be an unforgettable and transformational experience.
Download our official Berkeley MEng: Meet Your Cohort app to connect with your fellow new admits. How do I access the app?
- DOWNLOAD the Whova app. The invitation code is in your email. Update your profile to connect with others. Categories include biography, affiliation, education, social account links, and more!
- COMMUNITY. Navigate to the Community tab on the bottom right and join a discussion thread!
- BREAK THE ICE. Find the “Break the Ice!” forum and share a little about yourself. Tip: Start with your name, department, undergraduate institution, and why you’re excited to come to UC Berkeley! 🐻
We know you’ll enjoy connecting with one another!
Program Start Date: Monday, August 8, 2022
Please plan to attend the program starting on Monday, August 8, 2022 for the Master of Engineering Orientation August 8-9, 2022 (in person and online events), followed by 8 days of instruction for Engineering Leadership Fall Boot Camp: ENGIN 270A (Organizational Behavior & Negotiations) and ENGIN 270B (R&D Technology Management & Ethics) August 10-19,2022 (in person and online sections). 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.
Each semester begins with two units of Engineering Leadership courses that are offered in a daily intensive format before the start of each semester. Please be prepared to start each semester early; MEng leadership boot camp courses run August 10-19, 2022 (in person and online) and January 4-13, 2023 (online).
|Fall Required Courses ||Spring Required Courses|
|Engineering Leadership Boot Camp: August 10-19, 2022 (in person & online)|
R&D Tech Mgmt & OB (2 units)
|Engineering Leadership Boot Camp: January 4-13, 2023 (online)
Two Electives (2 units)
|Technical Elective I (3-4 units)||Technical Elective III (3-4 units)|
|Technical Elective II (3-4 units)||Technical Elective IV (3-4 units)|
|Capstone Project (2 units)||Capstone Project (3 units)|
|Communications for Engineering Leaders:|
Self (1 unit)
|Communications for Engineering Leaders: Team (1 unit)|
|Project Management & Teaming (1 unit)||Coaching for High Performing Teams (1 unit)|
|Fall Semester (12 units)||Spring Semester (13 units)|
Passing the comprehensive exam is a mandatory requirement to graduate with the Master of Engineering degree. The exam is not part of a grade for any course, and is administered in two parts: leadership and technical. A student will generally be given two opportunities to pass each part of the comprehensive exam. For more information please view the MEng Student Handbook.
Unlike MS/PhD programs, but similar to other professional masters programs, less than half of admitted full-time MEng students receive partial scholarships. Scholarship and grant recipients are notified of their awards with their offer of admission. Admitted students may also add their name to this grant waiting list to be considered if additional funding becomes available. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to make any additional offers of financial aid to the waiting list; however if we do it will be on a rolling basis and likely no earlier than early May.
MEng Deferral and Withdrawal Policies
Fall 2022 MEng Deferral Request Process
Here are some important notes about deferring:
The IEOR department will unfortunately not be granting any deferral requests for the IEOR MEng program this year.
All other departments allow students to request to defer admission under extenuating circumstances such as travel restrictions or difficulties getting a visa. We also understand that your life circumstances may change, such as a change in financial support. Deferrals are not guaranteed.
- If your request to defer admission is approved by the engineering department and UC Berkeley Graduate Division, you would not have to reapply next year and would be granted admission to start in Fall 2023.
- Grants or scholarship awards do not carry over to next year and will be reconsidered during the Fall 2023 admissions process.
- Campus policy only allows deferring for one year. After that, you would need to re-apply for admission.
- Please keep lines of communication open with us so we can assist you if possible, and let us know how your situation is evolving.
In order to defer, you’ll need to:
- Accept the offer of admission by filing your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by April 15th, or any deadline extension that has been communicated to you personally.
- If you decide to request a deferral, write an email to your department staff advisor, stating both: your (1) reason for deferring and (2) your intent to start in fall 2023.
- If a deferral is granted, pay the $500 non-refundable SIR deposit to reserve your spot for fall 2023.
- The deadline for deferral requests to be submitted to your department is May 15th.
As a deferral, the non-refundable SIR deposit will be credited to your fall 2023 tuition bill. Deferrals submitted after the May 15th deadline will require an exception and will be handled on an exceptional basis in documented cases of true hardship. All requests for late deferrals must be submitted prior to the first day of the fall semester. Requests after that date will not be considered and the student must withdraw. If you are not granted a deferral, you are welcome to reapply for the year you plan to attend.
Please review the University Refund after Withdrawal policy.
The $500 Statement of Intent to Register deposit is non-refundable.
Fees and tuition are typically due the Friday before the start of instruction. Fees will post once you register for classes but late fees do not apply until mid-September. Federal student loans begin to process mid-August.
We encourage you to reach out to the students and alumni listed in the MEng Ambassador Directory and ask them about their experience in the program. Access the directory with the password sent via email.
Are you a prospective, deferred, or current student interested in speaking with one of our current MEng students? Book an in-person campus visit to see the Berkeley Engineering campus with one of our student ambassadors. Virtual appointments are also available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “campus visit” to get more details.
Capstone projects are a hub for integrative, experiential, and team-driven learning. Over the course of two semesters, MEng students work with an advisor to develop a technical solution that meets an industry, market, or social need.
View the preliminary list of 2022-23 capstone projects. If you want to learn more about projects that have been offered in the past, check out our featured project profiles and the Class of 2021 Capstone Showcase program.
Admitted students can propose their own capstone project idea. Review the Student Capstone Proposal Submission Form for additional details. The deadline to propose a project is July 30, 2022. Getting a capstone project approved can be challenging. Please reach out to Jennifer Mangold to discuss your ideas before submitting the form.
Fung Institute Student Spaces
Shires Hall and Mudd Hall
In a typical in-person year, in addition to campus libraries and department labs, MEng students have dedicated study and work space, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You would share the floors with several Fung Institute staff offices located on both levels.
Please work with the Berkeley International Office (BIO) for visa, arrival, and orientation assistance. Student visas will allow students to enter the country up to 30 days in advance of the date on your NIF/I-20. Please contact BIO for details.
The Arrival Guide for New International Students and Scholars will answer many of the most frequently asked questions posed by international students and scholars about their arrival on campus and getting settled in the community.
Stay up to date on immigration policies.
“The Master of Engineering program provided me a combination of technical knowledge specific to my field, business acumen, and hands-on experience. I had the opportunity to work on a real-world problem while also picking up skills and knowledge that I can apply every day at my job.” – Alec L’Amoreaux, MEng ‘18 (CEE)
- 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 affairs? Students inspire me and keep me energized. I love engaging with students and am passionate about helping students navigate intricacies of graduate school starting with core requirements and through graduation.
- Favorite quote: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl
- Favorite spot on the Berkeley campus: The Strawberry Creek walk north of Faculty Glade. I feel like I’m in a forest and it’s a great spot to find squirrels!
- Fun fact about me: I studied and worked in three different countries by the age of 18.
- Why student affairs? My college and university experiences were probably the most formative in my life and I feel inspired and privileged to help others navigate this important time.
- 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 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: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus
- Favorite spot on the Berkeley campus: The Eucalyptus Grove
- Fun fact about me: I played flute and piccolo growing up and was the flute section leader of my high school’s marching band.
- Why career development? Careers are personal journeys that unfold in exciting and usually unexpected ways. My aim is to provide MEng students with transformative coaching to help them discover what’s next in their career path!
- 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 program development? My passion is creating the best educational opportunities to grow future engineering leaders who will change the world.
- Favorite philosophy: Begin again.
- Favorite spot: The view from the Campanile across the Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Fun fact about me: Love the outdoors and any chance I get to be outside from backpacking to mountain biking.
- Why capstone? It allows students to learn by doing, take risks, and work across disciplines in a meaningful way to set them up for a successful career.