Master of Engineering Program

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M.Eng. Program Description

Increasingly a Master's degree is considered an essential beginning for a long-term career in Electrical Engineering 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.

Comparing Programs

EECS offers several Master degrees for planning a career in industry: the professional Masters of Engineering, and the online MAS-IC. In addition, a 5th year M.S. degree is open for Berkeley undergraduates only. Graduate degrees focusing on research are described under the MS/PhD and PhD degrees.

Areas of Concentration

The EECS department offers concentrations in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The 2015-2016 degree program offers the following concentrations. It is important to note that choosing one of these areas does not prevent you from taking courses in other areas.

dssData Science and Systems: Prepares you for engineering careers in data-centric industries requiring understanding of data management fundamentals as well as the latest technologies and techniques for the collection, storage, and analysis of information.

phyPhysical Electronics and Integrated Circuits:Prepares you for engineering careers in industries needing an understanding of state-of-the-art analog and digital integrated circuits including RF communication circuits, A/D converters, sensor interfaces and design techniques used in today's most advanced integrated circuits.

resRobotics and Embedded Software: Prepares you for engineering careers in industries applying robotics and embedded software to markets for manufacturing, automation, process control, automotive, aerospace, medical instruments, entertainment and other fields.

spcomSignal Processing and Communications: Prepares you for engineering careers in industries applying signal processing or communications. Markets include wireless communication, computer networking, entertainment, video processing, biomedical, etc.

vccgVisual Computing and Computer Graphics: Prepares you for engineering careers in industries applying advanced computer graphics, computer-aided design, and human-computer interaction methods to markets for education and training, entertainment, commerce, design and manufacturing, electronic journalism and similar fields.


There are three distinct elements to our Master of Engineering curriculum. Overall you will be required to complete 25 semester units divided into these three areas:

Leadership Courses: You will take two courses on engineering leadership, covering topics of importance to engineering developers and managers such as organizational behavior, intellectual property, marketing, and much more. These courses employ the case study method used in many of the top business schools. Learn more. mengt1
Capstone Project: A unique and important feature of the Berkeley Masters of Engineering is the capstone project experience. You will join a team of 3-5 students and pursue a specific problem or opportunity that can be addressed by technology, and gain direct experience in applying the skills you learn in your leadership courses. Learn more and see current capstone projects. mengt2
Technical Courses: You will take four technical graduate courses, consulting our Program Requirements by Area. A petition is required if a course is not on the sample programs list. Each concentration includes a specific list of courses, giving you some suggestions. You can deviate from this list to accommodate special interests or take into account your prior academic work or work experience. The EECS Courses Page includes an extensive list of courses offered each semester. mengt3

Career Services

One differentiating factor that this program offers is dedicated Career Services. Learn more about the services offered and career paths of M.Eng. alumni.