Berkeley Master of Engineering (MEng)

The Berkeley Master of Engineering is an accelerated degree designed to develop professional engineering leaders of the future who understand the technical, economic, and social issues of technology.

Berkeley Master of Engineering in M.S.E.

The Berkeley MEng degree brings together expertise in a technical specialization with leadership, business, marketing, finance, and management skills. Culminating in a hands-on team-oriented capstone design project, you will apply engineering and business acumen to real-world challenges.

Innovative. Holistic understanding of engineering and business. Choose between full-time or part time enrollment. Integrative capstone design project.

Career-oriented. Increases the likelihood of advancement toward goals after 1 year of intensive industry-related study. Career advise to help with professional development and placement.

Regular contact with industry. Industry partners help you apply technical knowledge to critical current issues. Guest lecturers share successes and failures.

Small and cross-disciplinary. Technical class size ranges from 10-30 students to a weekly lecture of 150. Leadership courses range from 25-50 students.


  • Completed in 9 months (fall & spring semesters)
  • 25 units of coursework in 3 areas: core leadership,
    your technical specialty, your capstone project
  • Full (9 months) or part-time(2-4 years) enrollment
  • All classes taught on Berkeley campus by
    award-winning faculty
  • Cross-disciplinary cohort with students from other
    Berkeley engineering departments
  • Small classes for maximum interaction with
    students instructors, and industry collaborators
  • Career advising and placement, access to alumni
    and industry connections, as well as Silicon
    Valley luminaries.


General Program

Materials Science and Engineering is a diverse field of study drawing from all areas of physical science such as chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering. In addition to drawing from the physical sciences, materials science and engineering often crosses these disciplinary boundaries. The general program recognizes the inherent interdisciplinary nature of materials science and engineering and allows students to tailor their program of study to address their personal interests.

  1. MSE 200A – Survey of Materials Science
  2. MSE 201A – Thermodynamics of Solids
  3. MSE 201B- Thermodynamics, Phase Behavior and Transport Phenomena in Materials
  4. MSE 204 – Theory of Electronic Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
  5. MSE 223 – Semiconductor Materials
  6. MSE C226 – Photovoltaic Materials
  7. MSE 202 – Crystal Structure and Bonding
  8. MSE 205 – Defects in Solids
  9. MSE C212 – Deformation, Fracture and Fatigue
  10. MSE 213 – Environmental Effects on Materials Properties and Behavior
  11. MSE 215 – Computational Materials Science
  12. MSE C216 – Macromolecular Science in Biotechnology and Medicine
  13. MSE 217 -  Properties of Dielectric and Magnetic Materials
  14. MSE 218 - Optical Materials and Devices
  15. MSE 221 – Fuel Cells, Batteries and Chemical Sensors
  16. MSE C225 – Thin Film Science and Technology
Advanced Structural Materials
Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Materials
Computational Materials
Chemical and Electrochemical Materials
Semiconductor technology

Berkeley MEng Degree Requirements Overview


  • Minimum number of units to complete degree: 25 Semester Units (must be in 200 series)
  • Minimum number of MSE Units in Concentration: 12 Semester Units (must be in 200 series and letter-graded)
  • Minimum Core Leadership Curriculum Units: 8 Semester Units (must be in 200 series)
    • 2 Semester Unit – Capstone Integration (taken S/U)
    • 3 Semester Units – Engineering Leadership I (taken for a letter grade)
    • 3 Semester Units – Engineering Leadership II (taken for a letter grade)
  • Maximum Number of Capstone Project Units (297M A-B): 5 (2 Fall, 3 Spring)
  • Minimum GPA: All students required to have a minimum of 3.0
  • Minimum Units Required: 12 Units (Full Time)
  • Comprehensive Exam



The Berkeley MEng degree is administered by Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.

  • Application deadline: January 8, 2024.
  • A B.S. in MSE is not needed but you must have a strong technical background equivalent to a B.S. in engineering as determined by the department.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. An applicant may submit up to three letters of recommendation. The online application will prompt you for three letters of recommendation. If you are only submitting the required two, just enter your own name into the third space. 


Tuition and fees for the MEng degree are available here.

Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans and scholarships, is available.


Email or call a MEng admissions adviser at the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.

Contact Us

Department offices are located in 210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, in the Northeast corner of campus.


Department of Materials Science and Engineering
210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760

Phone: (510) 642-3801
Fax: (510) 643-5792