Master of Engineering
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If you are looking for a professional degree program, apply for the MAnalytics or MEng program. For more information about the differences between the MAnalytics and MEng programs, please see the FAQ here.
The MS and PhD programs are considered academic programs. The MS is a technical and full-time master's degree program. The PhD is a research-oriented academic program for those who have a clear research goal in mind. If you apply for the PhD without an MS degree, you will earn an MS degree while progressing to the doctorate degree.
Note: The MAnalytics, MEng, and MS programs are considered terminal degree programs, and students in these programs will not be allowed to continue on for the PhD. Prospective students who are interested in earning a PhD degree should apply to enter the PhD program even if they do not yet have a master’s degree.
The GRE is required for all applicants, with one exception: UC Berkeley current undergraduates and alumni applying to the IEOR department who earned or will earn their UC Berkeley bachelor’s degree with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA are not required to submit GRE scores with their application.
Applicants are expected to have their bachelor's degree conferred by the start of the intended MEng IEOR start term, not by the application deadline.
Graduate Division policy outlines transfer credit information here.
In addition, MEng policy regarding transfer credit is that students cannot transfer in required classes to decrease the number of units taken while in the MEng program. Twenty-five units minimum must be completed 'in residence' while a degree seeking student in the program. Courses may be waived, but never units.
Beginning for the Fall 2021 application cycle, Graduate Admissions will no longer be accepting paper Test Report Forms. All IELTS scores must be sent electronically from the testing center, and no institution code is required.
Our address for identification purposes is: University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Division, Sproul Hall Rm 318, MC 5900, Berkeley, CA 94720. Please do not mail any score reports to the IEOR deparment.
GRE and TOEFL score reports take 10-15 days to be verified in UC Berkeley’s application system after they are sent to UC Berkeley. If it has been over 15 days and your status still shows “awaiting,” please contact us at email@example.com, and we will conduct a manual search for your score report. In your email, please include the email address you used to register for the exam, your full name, and your UC Berkeley application reference number. Please note that the IEOR department will not take requests to verify GRE and TOEFL score reports after Wednesday, January 10, 2023.
No. Do not be alarmed if you are not invited to interview. If the admissions committee needs more information from the applicant, they will recommend an interview; however, it does not guarantee admission.
Two letters of recommendation
The two required letters of recommendation provide the admissions committee with third-party, qualitative accounts of your potential for success in our program. We require two letters of recommendation. However, you may submit up to three if you like. The online application will prompt you for three letters of recommendation. If you are only submitting the required two, just enter your own name into the third space.
We strongly prefer that letters of recommendation come from a current direct supervisor, former direct supervisor, faculty, or other individuals with whom you have had significant professional interaction. Please select individuals who know you well and who will take the time to write thorough and thoughtful letters on your behalf. The title of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee or student, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities. We have found the most helpful letters to be recent, relevant, and written specifically for this application. We discourage letters of recommendation from subordinates, family, or friends.
When completing the online application, you will enter the email addresses of your recommenders and click the appropriate box to have the recommenders upload their letters. You are responsible for ensuring that the letters of recommendations are submitted by your recommenders.
Students who believe that completion of INDENG 240 and INDENG 241 would be a repetition of previously completed coursework may request to enroll in an approved alternative course. Please follow these instructions.
Students may not apply independent study or research courses toward their MEng degree requirements.
Students interested in participating in such courses may do so with the understanding that the coursework would be above and beyond the minimum degree requirements.
Please consult the Berkeley International Office regarding CPT eligibility.
Because one of the eligibility requirements is that students must be in valid F-1 immigration status for at least two semesters, many students will not be eligible for CPT while pursuing our full-time, one-year program.
However, students eligible for CPT may pursue the course-credit track given they have an IEOR faculty member willing to supervise the work and the Head MEng IEOR Faculty Advisor approves.
The full-time MEng program is currently a lock-step, two-semester degree program. Students are expected to graduate in two semesters, and exceptions are only considered in truly extenuating circumstances beyond a student’s control. We cannot accommodate requests for planned or voluntary program extensions for non-academic reasons.
Yes. Students are welcome to take courses above and beyond the minimum requirements given the following conditions:
- There is space available in the additional courses to allow for enrollment.
- Students do not overload themselves causing their grades to drop and potentially jeopardizing graduation.
Students may take courses outside of IEOR that are above and beyond the minimum requirements for the degree.
EECS courses will not count toward the IEOR MEng degree.
Many EECS courses are impacted, and students may have difficulty enrolling.
The Academic Calendar outlines the deadlines by which students must finalize their registration.
While not recommended, graduate students may be eligible to drop classes late into the term. If a class is dropped late, a “W” will not appear on their transcript. However, we recommend that students discuss their specific situation, including the date in which they intend to drop, the course they intend to drop, and their student status, with the Registrar's Office directly before making a decision.
In addition, dropping courses should always be discussed with the IEOR MEng Graduate Advisors prior to taking action to ensure that the student remains on track for graduation.
International students must also consider visa requirements related to full-time enrollment. In their final term, students may petition for a reduced course load with the Berkeley International Office. Petitions must be approved before classes that would drop a student below full-time enrollment are processed.