Graduate Research Degree Programs (M.S./Ph.D.)

The Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs emphasize research preparation and experience.

Review the Graduate Admissions FAQ

The Fall 2018 Application Period is Closed

The application for fall 2018 is closed. The application for fall 2019 will open in September 2018.


Application Prerequisites for All Graduate Research Degree Programs

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. If you are in your final year of studies and you expect to earn your degree by mid-August of the following year, you may apply. If you are admitted, you will be required to provide proof at that time that you have earned your bachelor's degree, usually in the form of a final official transcript.
  2. If you attended an American university or a university that uses a similar 4.0 scale, a satisfactory scholastic average with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required. If you attended a university that does not use the 4.0 system, please do not try and convert your grades to our system - leave that section blank on your application.
  3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation uploaded as PDFs through the link provided in the online application. Your letters could include details about your goals, research accomplishments, technical and leadership skills, academic work, etc. We suggest to give your recommenders at least a few weeks to write your letters.
  4. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We do not have minimum or cutoff GRE test scores. Please see the Admission Requirements page for more information.
  5. If you received or are a candidate to receive a degree from an institution outside the United States, please see Minimum Degree Requirements for International Applicants and Evidence of English Language Proficiency.

Research Areas

You can apply for the M.S., M.S./Ph.D., or Ph.D. program in either Electrical Engineering (EECS) or Computer Science (CS).  To apply you will need to choose a division.  The table below shows which specialization areas fall under the EE division, under the CS division, and under both.

**Please note that on the official Grad Division application page EE is referred to as Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) and CS is referred to as Computer Science (CS).  EE applicants must make sure to apply to EECS, and CS applicants make sure to apply to CS.

Admissions Checklist

  1. Prepare your required materials
    • GRE Scores - All three sections of the GRE are required.  Take the exam by November.  GRE scores will remain valid for up to five years. Send your scores electronically to Institution Code 4833.
    • Proof of English Proficiency -If your previous degree is from a university in a non-English speaking country, then you need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam by November. TOEFL scores will remain valid for up to two years.  Send your scores electronically to Institution Code 4833.
    • Statement of Purpose - Why are you applying for this program? What will you do during this degree program? What do you want to do after and how will this help you?
    • Personal History Statement - What from your past made you decide to go into this field? And how will your personal history help you succeed in this program and your future goals?
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation - Your letters could include details about your goals, research accomplishments, technical and leadership skills, academic work, etc. We suggest to give your recommenders at least a few weeks to write your letters and upload them as PDFs through the link (provided from your online application).
    • Unofficial Transcripts - Please do not mail transcripts. Simply upload unofficial transcripts as PDFs through the online application. Transcripts not in English or Spanish must be translated prior to uploading to the application.
    • GPA - If you attended a university outside of the USA, please leave the GPA section blank.
    • Resume -Please also include a full resume/CV listing your experience and education.
  2. Complete the online application.
    • Start your application and fill in each relevant page.
    • Upload the materials above, and send the recommender links several weeks prior to the application deadline to give your recommenders time to submit their letters by December 15th.
    • Enter your exam scores into the application. It is fine for us to receive your official scores electronically after the deadline as long as we have your scores in the application.
  3. Pay the application fee (waivers available).
  4. Submit your online application before the deadline in December.

Master of Science (M.S.) Only

Full-time Commitment: ~2 years

Focus: Leads to career in industrial R&D or Ph.D.

The Master of Science (M.S.) Only program is a very small research program for exceptional applicants with research experience. The M.S. leads to a Ph.D. or a career in industrial R&D.  If you're sure that you want to continue on for a Berkeley Ph.D., you should consider applying to the MS/PhD program, since we admit so few people for the M.S. only, and you'll have to apply again to add the Ph.D.

If you are planning to immediately join the engineering profession without pursuing a Ph.D., the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) is specifically designed as a professional masters degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Only

Full-time Commitment: 5-6 years (starting with a Bachelor's),  3-5 years (starting with a Master's)

Focus: Research + teaching experience

A Ph.D. in EECS combines coursework and original research with exceptional faculty mentoring to  prepare students for a career in academia or industry.

The EECS Department offers two types of Ph.D. degrees (EE and CS). The principal requirements for the Ph.D. are:

  1. coursework (a major field and two minor fields)
  2. departmental preliminary requirement (an oral exam and breadth courses which are different for EE and CS)
  3. the qualifying exam
  4. the dissertation