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.
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. Students graduating in a fall semester should apply in that same fall semester (ie. students graduating in Fall 14 should apply in Fall 14) but will begin the program in the very next semester (Spring 2015).
|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|
Please note deadlines in Timeline above.
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.
Interviews are no longer required.
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.
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.
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.