THE BERKELEY ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S

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					THE BERKELEY ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S PROGRAM | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


A. GENERAL PROGRAM QUESTIONS

What does this Berkeley Engineering professional master’s degree offer that other programs don’t?
The program offers three distinct features to position you for higher-level positions and more influence
in your organization:
    • You join a cross-disciplinary cohort that completes a core curriculum in engineering leadership.
    • You complete a hands-on capstone project with industry relevance and real-world impact.
    • You benefit from tailored student advising that focuses on professional development and career
        placement.

Why should I earn this M.Eng. degree rather than an MBA?
In the M.Eng. program, you deepen your technology expertise by completing 17 units of graduate-level
engineering coursework. This is balanced with 7 units of leadership coursework, which cover the
essential business and management concepts engineers must know to advance to higher positions in
industry.

Why should I earn this M.Eng. degree rather than an M.S.?
If you are seeking a research or academic career, then an M.S./Ph.D. program may be the best fit for
you. If you are seeking a professional or management career, then the M.Eng. will steer you toward this
course after just one year of intensive, industry-oriented study.

I’m about to graduate with my B.S. Why should I enroll in this program rather than get work
experience right away?
Your chances of landing a lucrative industry position will only improve once the professional M.Eng.
degree appears on your résumé.

I’ve been working in industry for a few years. Is this program a good fit for me?
We recognize that students do not always follow a linear trajectory from education into a career. The
M.Eng. program welcomes early-career professionals who opt to resume their education. Industry
experience will be an advantage in the leadership and capstone courses. Being out of school for more
than 5–7 years may make it harder to do well in the technical or quantitative graduate courses. We will
be looking for a balance of these two skill sets.

What types of careers will this program prepare me for?
In high-tech settings, the program places you on a career path leading to such positions as technology
manager, director of R&D, director of engineering, vice president of engineering and so forth. That said,
virtually all companies and organizations in today’s global economy rely heavily on technology. This
program prepares you to play a key strategic role in influencing how technology can be managed to
advance business objectives.

What degree does the program confer?
Upon completion of program requirements, you earn the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in the
discipline offering your technical concentration; i.e., Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences,
Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
or Nuclear Engineering.

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Can I choose a technical concentration that’s not on the list?
For 2011-12, the program’s first year, we are able to offer 16 engineering concentrations across five
departments:
     • Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
     • Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
     • Materials Science & Engineering
     • Mechanical Engineering
     • Nuclear Engineering
If your field of interest lies outside these choices, please let us know, so that we can consider it for
future offerings.

Can I design my own technical concentration?
The course sequence for your 12 units of technical electives has been carefully designed to give you the
optimal exposure to your chosen field in just two semesters. If you have an interest in, for example,
energy, your home department (the one offering your technical concentration) may allow you to choose
some energy-related technical electives from other departments.

Can I take additional technical electives?
The 24-unit professional master’s is an intensive, accelerated degree program focused on preparing you
for leadership roles in industry. We think the balance of 7 units for your leadership coursework and 17
units for your technical electives and capstone project is the best preparation. It’s possible to take more
than 12 units per semester, but we honestly think that will make a demanding program even more
demanding.

Does the program address entrepreneurship?
In your 7 units of leadership coursework, you’ll learn how technology innovation is managed in both
entrepreneurial ventures and in established companies. In both settings, the required skill set is the
same: finding a market for your idea, identifying risks and opportunities, motivating stakeholders and
securing resources.

What kind of industry contact can I expect?
Across the program’s three dimensions – leadership coursework, technical concentration and capstone
project – you’ll have regular contact with industry. Guest lecturers will describe what they’ve learned
from their successes – and failures. Industry partners will help you apply your technical knowledge to
real-world challenges and opportunities.

How large is the program?
While we do not have a set limit on enrollees, we will keep classes small to encourage interaction
among the student cohort and with faculty and industry mentors.

What access will I have to job placement?
The professional master’s cohort will benefit from career advising services tailored exclusively for
students in this program. These services emphasize professional development and job placement.

Are the classes on campus? Are there part-time or distance-learning options?
For the first year, 2011-12, we are offering a full-time, in-residence program over the fall and spring
semesters, following the regular academic calendar. All classes are taught on campus by top Berkeley

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Engineering faculty and industry partners. We hope to phase in part-time and possibly online options as
the program grows.

Can I defer admission until spring?
The one-year professional master’s program follows a cohort model, in which students start and
complete the program as part of a closely knit group. This cohort becomes a professional network you
can rely on throughout your career. For this reason, spring admission is unfortunately not an option.

Once I’m in the M.Eng. program, can I switch to the Ph.D. track?
This is a one-year professional program that culminates in the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree. If,
part-way into the M.Eng. program, you decide to pursue a research career instead, you will need to
submit a fresh application to a doctoral program. You may be able to apply credits earned in the M.Eng.
program toward a Ph.D., provided you are accepted.

How is this program different from a combined B.S./M.S. (also known as 5th-year master’s) program?
In a 5th-year master’s, you continue to take engineering coursework, but you do not have access to the
leadership coursework or the integrative capstone experience.

Will I be considered a regular UC graduate student and have access to all campus student services?
Yes, you will be a regularly matriculated graduate student and be accorded all the rights and
responsibilities associated with this status.

B. ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS

I already have a master’s degree. Am I eligible for this program?
Certainly! The minimum educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree, or recognized equivalent, in
engineering or a related scientific or mathematics discipline from an accredited institution. Holders of
advanced degrees are welcome to apply.

May I apply to a home department that’s different from that of my bachelor’s degree?
Yes, although bear in mind that admission is very competitive and that we will need to be confident of
your ability to handle the technical rigor of your engineering concentration, at the graduate level.

Do you require work experience?
Work experience is not required. The program is designed for recent college graduates and early-career
technical professionals.

Does the program accept international students?
International students with valid F-1 visas are encouraged to apply. We seek a globally diverse student
cohort.

Are UC Berkeley engineering students given preference for admission?
We strongly encourage Berkeley Engineering undergraduates to apply, although we do not have an
official policy giving them preference for admission.




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C. APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM

Can I apply to both the M.S./Ph.D. and the M.Eng.?
At this time, you cannot apply to more than one UC Berkeley graduate program at a time. You will need
to decide which graduate program is the best fit for your goals, and apply to that one program. If you
are seeking a research or academic career, apply to an M.S./Ph.D. program. If you are seeking a
professional or management career, apply to the professional M.Eng. program.

Are the M.Eng. application requirements the same as for an M.S./Ph.D.?
Yes, you’ll need to provide all materials required for a standard UC Berkeley graduate application, such
as academic transcripts, a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, current GRE scores and (if
applicable) TOEFL scores. Visit http://funginstitute.berkeley.edu/masters/apply.html for complete
application instructions. In selecting candidates for the professional M.Eng., the College of Engineering
will use the same criteria as for evaluating M.S. candidates, with extra emphasis on leadership potential.
Your statement of purpose and letters of recommendation will be especially important in that regard.

When is my application due?
Your application must be submitted prior to midnight Pacific Standard Time the evening of Feb. 1, 2011.
Remember to follow your department’s instructions for submitting your letters of recommendation,
GRE (and TOEFL, if required) scores and other supplemental materials by Feb. 8, 2011.

D. FINANCING YOUR DEGREE

What are the program fees?
Shown here are projected fees and tuition for the one-year professional master of engineering (M.Eng.)
degree, for 2011–12. These figures cover the nine-month academic year (fall 2011 and spring 2012).
Please note that University fees are subject to change.

 Projected Fees & Tuition, 2011-12                     CA Resident              Nonresident
 UC Registration Fees                                      $41,793                 $46,038
 Health Insurance Fee*                                      $2,010                   $2,010
 Total Fees & Tuition                                      $43,803                 $48,048

*The mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan may be waived upon proof of a comparable health
insurance policy. Waiver forms are available at the University Health Services’ section on insurance.

What kinds of financial aid will be available?
Financial assistance, in the form of fellowships and loans, is available. You will be considered for
financial aid based on the information you provide on your application.




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