Frequently Asked Questions
I did not major in eletrical engineering or computer science as an undergraduate student. Will I be eligible for admission into your program?
We have numerous applicants who are "career changers" and our best advice for you is to show within your application that you have the prerequisite knowledge skills to succeed in this challenging program. This can include coursework, projects, industry experience, publications, letters of recommendation, and more. Succeeding in courses at UC Berkeley Extension (or another institution) could be a useful addition to your application.
Is there a faculty member that I can contact to ask questions about the program?
Our department receives thousands of admissions applications per year, so our faculty members are unable to respond to admissions inquiries. Our Masters Student Services Advisor (see Contacts) will be happy to field any of your admissions questions.
My TOEFL or GRE official scores have not yet been received according to my application; what should I do?
As long as you have entered your self-reported scores into the application, then we can use those for the review process, and once decisions are sent out, we will contact those admitted applicants whose official scores we still need.
What kind of financial assistance is offered for this program?
The College of Engineering offers two kinds of grants to ~30% of the M.Eng. student population: merit-based and need-based grants. Most students will be responsible for the entire cost of attendance for the program, and should plan carefully to ensure adequate financial resources.
Consideration for our merit-based grants (also called Fung Fellows Award) and need-based grants (also called Opportunity Grants) are based upon the information provided on the admissions application.
All applications are automatically considered for the merit grants, and a portion of top candidates are awarded grants that cover about 1/3 of the tuition. Applicants that have completed the financial portions of the application will be considered for the Opportunity Award.