Five Year BS/MS Program

This program is for ME undergraduates that allows them to broaden their education experiences at Berkeley. In contrast to the existing Berkeley Mechanical Engineering M.S. program, it is a course-based program. Students in the 5 year B.S./M.S. program are also able to take some courses in professional disciplines such as business or public policy. This two-semester program is NOT for students with the desire to continue to the Ph.D. These students are advised to apply directly to the M.S./Ph.D. or Ph.D. program.


Further details on this program are as follows:

- This is a terminal full-time master's degree program.

- Admission to this program is highly competitive.

- If admitted to the program, students must begin the Fall (Spring) semester immediately after the conferral of their Spring (Fall) UCB Mechanical Engineering B.S. degree. Students starting in the Fall (Spring) are expected to graduate with their M.S. in the following Spring (Fall).

- The program is geared primarily toward students who intend to join industry after receiving their Master's degree, rather than pursuing a Ph.D. and/or academic career.

- Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per semester (these courses do not include 299 and 298 courses).

- Students must complete at least 12 units of graded 200 level ME courses.

- The remaining 12 units of courses must be upper-division and graduate level courses which are offered by the Schools of Business and Public Policy, the College of Engineering, the Biological Sciences, the Physical Sciences, and the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics. Exception to take courses outside this list must be approved by the Vice Chair for Graduate Study.

- Students must pass an Oral Comprehensive Exam.

- This is a coursework-only program.

- We prefer that applicants have a minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of the application.

- As part of the application process, applicants may be interviewed.

- Participants in program are self-funded, and cannot be appointed as Graduate Student Instructors.

- Students are not eligible to take the Preliminary Examination, and continuation to the Ph.D. program is not guaranteed.



*The ME Townhall Meeting regarding graduate school applications will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd in 3110 Etcheverry Hall, 4pm-5pm.



For more information, please see  A printable version of the curriculum can be found here.