EECS MEng candidate Liaowang (Zoey) Zou, 2020 (photo: Coleman Fung Institute)

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

The Master of Engineering is designed for students who plan to join the engineering profession following graduation. This accelerated program is designed to develop professional engineering leaders of the future who understand the technical, economic, and social issues of technology.

Gain Technical Expertise and Leadership Skills

A Master’s degree is an essential beginning for a long-term career in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science. A Master’s degree will allow you a deeper technical specialization, giving you both a head start in your career and a long-term advantage by making it easier for you to track new developments and change direction in your career. Berkeley’s Master of Engineering program goes beyond technical specialization to offer courses in engineering leadership and a team-oriented capstone project. The project allows you to practice, with guidance, the technical and non-technical skills that you learn in the classroom.

Our M.Eng. in EECS program offers innovative graduate courses on scientific and technical topics, organized by technical concentrations that match your interest. However, success in engineering requires skills that transcend the scientific and technical. In a modern engineering development organization, you almost always have to work in teams, and you must communicate your ideas and influence people (colleagues, investors, customers) through oral and written communication. Even as you tackle difficult technical challenges, you have to consider the match between your ideas and the needs of eventual users, how your choices give your organization a competitive advantage, and how to protect your intellectual property. Increasingly, you have to develop an idea in a multi-disciplinary environment, consider complex systems issues as well as detailed technical issues, and position yourself in an ecosystem of suppliers, and complementary products and strategic relationships. Our Masters of Engineering curriculum has anticipated all this, and prepares you for these real-world challenges.

Berkeley is one of the top EECS programs in the world. Here, you’ll learn from superb faculty, as well as an unparalleled student body. Join us for an academic year and undertake the academic experience of a lifetime. You’ll be better prepared for a satisfying and lasting career in engineering design, development, and management.

Admissions Requirements

  • TOEFL:  No min requirement. Avg admittee: >100 score; iBT: 90 minimum (or 7 out of 9 on the IELTS)
  • GPA: 3.0 min requirement. Avg admittee: 3.7
  • Average admissions rate for M.Eng program: 12%
  • Strong technical background equivalent to a computer science bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in programming, algorithms, data structures, and theory at or above the undergraduate level.

Program Basics

  • Full-time program
  • Completed in one academic year — Fall and Spring only
  • Classes are taught on the Berkeley campus by top Berkeley Engineering faculty
  • Cross-disciplinary cohort includes students from four engineering departments
  • Small classes encourage interaction with students, teachers and industry collaborators
  • Networks are reinforced through career advising and placement, access to alumni industry connection access, and other services.

Information Sessions

The Fung Institute holds M.Eng. online info sessions.  Watch a pre-recorded video, participate in a webinar, or attend a live event.

No CS Degree?

Although we do not require applicants to our computer science programs to have a degree in computer science, we do expect them to have a strong technical background equivalent to a computer science bachelors degree. Admission to these programs requires experience in programming, algorithms, data structures, and theory at or above the undergraduate level.  View the recommended coursework.

The Fall 2024 Admission application is now closed

The next available application cycle will be for Fall 2025. The application will reopen in September 2024.

Areas of Concentration

The EECS department offers concentrations in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The 2023-2024 degree program offers the following concentrations. It is important to note that choosing one of these areas does not prevent you from taking courses in other areas.

Data Science: Prepares you for engineering careers in data-centric industries that require an understanding of data management and analysis fundamentals, as well as the application of such skills in various data-driven disciplines.

Computer Systems: Prepares you for engineering careers in the design, building, and management of various large-scale computing infrastructures, such as networking, hardware design, operating systems, and programming systems.

Physical Electronics and Integrated Circuits: Prepares you for engineering careers in industries needing an understanding of state-of-the-art analog and digital integrated circuits including RF communication circuits, A/D converters, sensor interfaces and design techniques used in today’s most advanced integrated circuits.

Robotics and Embedded Software: Prepares you for engineering careers in industries applying robotics and embedded software to markets for manufacturing, automation, process control, automotive, aerospace, medical instruments, entertainment and other fields.

Signal Processing and Communications: Prepares you for engineering careers in industries applying signal processing or communications. Markets include wireless communication, computer networking, entertainment, video processing, biomedical, etc.

Visual Computing and Computer Graphics: Prepares you for engineering careers in industries applying advanced computer graphics, computer-aided design, and human-computer interaction methods to markets for education and training, entertainment, commerce, design and manufacturing, electronic journalism and similar fields.

Due to the experiential nature of the capstone program, project proposals are compiled through the Fung Capstone Marketplace each August.  For a view of the current year’s projects, please visit the Capstone Overview for final list

Application & Enrollment Timeline

Date Proceeding
Various Times and Locations Info Sessions through the Fung Institute
January 8th Online Application and Supplemental Materials Deadline
January – February Interviews (only if admissions committee has additional questions)
March Admissions Decisions, via email
April 15 Statement of Intent to Register(SIR) Deadline
August Mandatory Orientations, UC Berkeley Campus
Bootcamp, Formal Instruction Begins
Capstone Project Matching

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees

Fees on the Office of the Registrar website are shown per semester. Check the most up-to-date fees there: Office of the Registrar.

College of Engineering Awards

Applying to the MEng program with EECS automatically makes you a candidate for the college’s merit-based grant (also called Fung Fellows). There is also an Opportunity Grant awarded to applicants who enhance educational diversity and demonstrate financial need and who have completed the grant financial and essay portions of the application. More on the Merit-Based Grant .

Other Financial Aid Options

We encourage you to research other sources of funding.  See other Scholarships, grants, and fellowships

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