Applications that are incomplete by the time of review will not be competitive for admission. Making sure an application is complete is solely the responsibility of the applicant and should be done in a timely manner. The application process is ENTIRELY ONLINE. Please DO NOT mail copies of essays, transcripts, GRE AND TOEFL scores, publications, resumes or recommendation letter.
Uploaded Official Transcripts (PDF Format)
- We require you to upload, in PDF format, one (1) Unofficial Transcript and/or Academic Record from each college or university you have attended. Please note that even if you have not yet finished your coursework when you apply, we still require a current transcript from you. Document policies:
- Only one PDF per school will be allowed to be uploaded to the site.
- PDF files should include both the front and back side of pages. Grading legends should be included.
- International Students must provide English Translations of their Academic Records as well as documents in their original language. For more details, please visit the Graduate Division website.
- English Language Grades should appear at the beginning of the file. Translations, Legends, Degree Certificates and other material, should be towards the end of the file.
- All Social Security numbers need to be either blacked out by pen before scanning, or redacted in Adobe before you upload the documents, to protect your privacy. Please refrain from highlighting the numbers in black or changing the font color to white, as the information would still remain in the document.
- Unofficial transcripts from Bear Facts will be accepted (for UC Berkeley Students).
- Once you have submitted your Online Application, you will not be able to update these materials, and unfortunately, due the number of applications we receive, we will not be able to upload them for you. Please do not email or mail us updated transcripts as they will not be reviewed. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
- For more information about transcripts, please visit the Graduate Division website.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Domestic Applicants: Cumulative GPA, Advanced GPA
- International Applications: Cumulative GPA
- As part of the online application, you will be asked to provide your Major Field and Research Focus Area. These will represent your primary areas of study and research during your graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Berkeley. The Research Focus Areas have been determined by the faculty as current major themes of research in the department. As these categories do not include all of our research activities, you are encouraged to examine faculty webpages for additional research topics. To further understand your interests, we also ask that you provide us with your preference, if any, of research method.
- Your selections of major field and research focus area, along with your preference of research method, will be used during the admissions process to guide us both in determining which faculty members are best suited to review your application and in the selection processes for various kinds of financial support.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- GRE Scores DEADLINE: Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59 PM PST.
- For Fall 2018, test taken before June 2013 will not be accepted.
- The GRE is required for all applicants, and is composed of three sections:
- Analytical writing
- Verbal reasoning
- Quantiative reasoning
- For more information about the test, as well as locations, test dates, and the time it will take for score reports to reach Berkeley, please consult the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- The institution code for Berkeley is 4833 and the Department codes are 1501 or 1502. We encourage you to take the earliest administration to ensure that your scores arrive by the deadline.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- TOEFL/IELTS Scores DEADLINE: Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59 PM PST.
- For Fall 2018, tests taken before June 1, 2016 will not be accepted.
- All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.
- If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a U.S. university, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must submit an official transcript from the U.S. University.
- For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based test (IBT). If is advised to take the TOEFL at least 60 days prior to the deadline. Inquiries about the TOEFL can be made on the TOEFL website or at email@example.com. The institution code for Berkeley is 4833. There is no Department code for the TOEFL.
- Please note that if you send the tests with the wrong code, we will still receive the scores electronically from ETS. Even with the wrong code, if all of the other information is correct, we will be able to match up your scores to your application.
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable. The minimum acceptable score is 7 on a 9-point scale on your most recent exam. The oldest acceptable score is June 2016. More information about IELTS can be found on the IELTS website.
- Also, please keep in mind that ETS sends us test scores (GRE and TOEFL) twice a month electronically, so even if you've received them, it does not mean that we have. Because this is the case, it's a good idea to take the tests as early as possible in advance.
- For more information, please see visit the Graduate Division website.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Due Tuesday, Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59 PST.
- Letters of Recommendations will be gathered electronically as part of the Online Application.
- Having more than 3 letters, though we allow it, is not recommended. Due to the volume of applications we receive every year, there is no guarantee that additional letters will be read. Also, please note that we may verify the authenticity of the letters submitted for you.
- It can be a good idea to ask your recommenders if they can write you a good, detailed letter. The best letters gauge your ability and potential for research and graduate study as well as your leadership capability, often citing examples from the recommenders own experiences with you.
- For more advice, please visit the Career Center website.
Three (3) Faculty of your Preference
- Applicants are required to provide at least 3 specific faculty members they have a strong preference to work with. You may list up to nine selections in rank order, with your strongest interest listed first. The page will refresh after each entry. To learn more about our department's faculty members, please see our Faculty list.