Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


UC Berkeley

Information for Prospective 5th Year Masters Students

Eligibility Application Timeline Application Instructions Application Materials Financial Aid Finding a Research Advisor
General Information Current Students


Applicants must be current undergraduate majors in EECS or L&S CS (including Community College Transfers). The minimum GPA to apply is a 3.0, but it is preferred that applicants have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

Application Timeline

Applications to the EECS 5th Year MS Program are only accepted once a year in the fall semester on approximately December 15th to begin the program the following fall semester. Optimal timing of the application for most students will be in the first semester of their Senior year.

Various Dates and Locations Info Sessions - email announcements will come from your major advisor
December 15, 2014 at 11:59pm Online Application and Supplemental Materials Deadline
January 5, 2015 (at the latest) Admissions Decisions, Via email.
April 15, 2015 Statement of Intent to Register Deadline
Spring 2015 Admitted students meet with Masters Student Services Advisor to discuss Spring courses that can be used for the MS degree, and continue/begin research with faculty advisor.
August 2015 Mandatory Orientations, UC Berkeley Campus
August 2015 Classes Begin

Application Instructions

Please note deadlines in Timeline above.

Letter of Recommendation Process:

Do not send hardcopies or have them sent. Please follow the online recommendation instructions in the Graduate Division online application. Recommendation letters can be submitted directly by the recommenders or through a service called Interfolio. Applicants can request their recommenders to submit their letters to Interfolio, which then submits them to Berkeley and other universities to which you have applied. This reduces the effort by the recommenders, who only have to submit their letters once to Interfolio.

Recommendation Letter Tips:

When you reach the Proposed Degree Program Page

Interviews are no longer required.

Application Materials


Please consult the Admissions Checklist for complete admissions requirements.

The online application and supplemental materials (letters of recommendation and GRE scores) deadline is December 15, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. Admissions decisions will be announced by January 5 by e-mail.



Financial Aid

Typically, Masters degrees are self-funded. You can see "Graduate Academic" tuition and fees on the Registrar's website.

For our Masters programs, we are able to nominate a couple of CS Masters students each year for the Siebel award ($35,000) for exceptional admitted students. This may be an option for you, but the award would not be decided until a month before you begin the Masters program (usually July).

5th year MS students who wish to serve as GSIs are encouraged to do so as Seniors. They may not serve as GSIs during the graduate program because of the time constraints of research and classes. Exceptions to this policy may be requested by petition and must include research advisor's explanation of why a GSI appointment will not delay the student's graduation. See full GSI Policy.

Finding a Research Advisor

Because of the requirement to complete the Masters portion of the program in only one year, it is essential that the student have identified a research advisor among the faculty at the time they apply to the 5th year MS program. Several faculty will actively seek students from this program. In general, students can pursue independent projects, or join a project team, but they are required to submit an independently written Masters report that makes clear their own independent contribution to the research.

Ways you can engage in research as an undergraduate:

If you have any other questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Officers in 205 Cory Hall.