M.Eng. Program Description
Increasingly a Master's degree is considered an essential beginning for a long-term career in Electrical Engineer and in Computer Science. At minimum, a Master's allows a deeper technical specialization, giving you both a head start in your chosen career as well as a long-term advantage as you find it easier to track new developments and change direction in your career as opportunities arise. You will find many universities, including some very fine ones that offer a purely technical Master's degree option. However, none of them is comparable to Berkeley's Master of Engineering, which goes beyond the technical specialization and offers you courses in engineering leadership and a team-oriented capstone project experience that allows you to practice, under careful mentorship and guidance, the technical and non-technical skills that you learn in the classroom.
Our Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (M.Eng. in EECS) gives you the opportunity to take our world-class graduate courses on scientific and technical topics, organized by technical concentrations that match your interest. However, the reality is that success in an engineering career requires skills that transcend the scientific and technical. In a modern engineering development organization, you almost always have to accomplish goals through teamwork, and you have to be able to communicate your ideas and influence people (colleagues, investors, customers) through effective 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 competitive advantage, and how to protect your investments with 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, outsourcing resources, and complementary products and strategic relationships. Our Masters of Engineering curriculum has anticipated all this, and prepares you in advance for these real-world challenges that you will encounter, including both classroom study and project experience in the practice of these skills.
Our Master of Engineering degree is full-time, and takes one academic year (Fall and Spring, but not Summer) to complete. You join a cross-disciplinary cohort including students from four Departments in the College of Engineering. Classes are kept small to encourage interaction with your student cohort, your professors and your industry collaborators. These networks are reinforced through career advising and placement, access to alumni and industry connections and other services. All classes are taught on the Berkeley campus by top Berkeley Engineering faculty. Upon completion, you earn the Master of Engineering degree in EECS, reflecting an integrated understanding of technology, practice, and leadership.
Finally, need we mention that this is Berkeley, one of the top EECS and Engineering programs in the world? You will gain exposure to a world-class faculty, as well as an unparalleled student body within EECS and other engineering disciplines. Consider joining us for an academic year, and partake in the academic experience of a lifetime. With a relatively modest investment of time and money, you will be better prepared for a satisfying and lasting career in engineering design, development, and management.