Graduate Admissions


All applications are submitted online. The deadline to apply for Fall 2014 admission is December 10, 2013 (11:59:59PM, Pacific Time, US) for MS, MS/PhD, PhD degree program.**   The deadline is the date by which all transcripts, GRE exam scores, and for international applicants, TOEFL exam score are due. Late applications will not be considered. You are strongly encouraged to have all letters of recommendation submitted by the application deadline; although we accept letters of recommendation through January 15th, 2014, review of applications begins when they are complete, and thus early submissions are welcome. Please plan accordingly.

**The application deadline for the M.Eng program is February 3, 2014, including all letters of recommendations.

General Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent (must be conferred prior to enrollment into our program) from an accredited institution in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry is required. We do not accept students without these types of degrees. Complete details on minimum admission requirements are on the Graduate Division Admissions website. The Graduate Division will not admit applicants who already have Ph.D. degrees in science.
  • Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B). International students should be in the top 5% of their class.
  • Unofficial transcripts submitted online from each college or university you have attended for the initial review. Official transcripts of all college-level work will be required if admitted. Transcript details
  • We require three letters of recommendation submitted online.
  • A general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test score (85th percentile or higher is desirable) in the Verbal/Analytical/Quantitative sections.  
  • For international applicants: recent TOEFL exam scores. 

Application Requirements

Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience. The MSE department also considers the appropriateness of your goals to the degree program in which you are interested and to the research interests of the program’s faculty.

To be considered for graduate admissions in MSE you need to:

  1. Complete the online graduate application.
  2. Submit a statement of purpose online.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation online; submission of additional letters is not encouraged.
  4. Submit one unofficial transcript from each college or university you have attended.
  5. Submit the General GRE exam scores (and TOEFL/iBT for international students).

All graduate applications must be submitted online at Graduate Division Admissions website. Upload unofficial transcripts with the application for the initial review. Official transcripts of all college-level work will be required if admitted. Please do not mail hard copies of the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, GRE exam scores, TOEFL scores for international students, resumes, or publications. 

Letters of Recommendation

The department requires three letters of recommendation to be submitted online. We recommend these letters to be from persons who have supervised your research or academic work and who can evaluate your intellectual ability, creativity, leadership and potential.

The submission of more than three letters is discouraged. Letters must be submitted electronically, and we encourage you to make your recommenders aware of this.

Letters submitted before 11:59:59 PM, Pacific Time, US January 15th 2014 will be accepted. Reviews of applications begin once they are complete. You are thus encouraged to submit your application as early as possible, and to make every effort to assure that your letters of recommendation are submitted as early as possible, and ideally on or before the December 10th, 2013 application deadline. Keep in mind that we will not consider your application if it is not complete.


You will need to upload unofficial transcripts with the online application for the initial review.  If you are admitted, and if you enroll, the Graduate Division will require one official hard copy transcript from each college or university you have attended. 


  • Our department requires the GRE General exam; no exceptions. GRE scores older the five years are not accepted. (For Fall 2014 admission the oldest acceptable exam date is October 2008).  We do not require any subject tests.
  • Test results of the GRE General Exam should be sent to Berkeley (4833 institution code). You can enter any departmental code.  As long as you enter the correct institutional code for Berkeley (4833) your scores will be matched with your submitted application.
  • We encourage you to take the GRE as soon as possible to ensure that your scores arrive by the deadline.
  • Dates and information for computer-based testing (CBT) may be obtained by consulting the GRE website.
  • Domestic candidates from families with extremely low incomes may qualify for a waiver of GRE test fees. Consult your undergraduate financial aid office to determine whether your institution participates in the GRE Fee Waiver Program and whether you qualify. Fee waivers are not available directly from the Educational Testing Service or from the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Admissions office.


Applicants whose native language is not English, and who have received a degree from an institution in which English is not the official language, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U. S. institution OR you have a “basic” degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized institution.  

To be considered for admissions, your most recent minimum score must be at least 570 for the paper-based test, or at least 230 for the computer-based test (CBT), or at least 68 on the internet-based test (iBT; 18 Writing, 17 Speaking, 16 Listening, 17 Reading).

Tests taken before June 1, 2012 will not be accepted even if your score was reported to Berkeley. Official scores are required. The institution code for Berkeley is 4833.  You can enter any departmental code.  As long as you enter the correct institutional code for Berkeley (4833) your scores will be matched with your submitted application.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In lieu of the TOEFL exam,  you can submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Tests taken before June 1, 2012 will not be accepted. Your most recent overall Band score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale.

You are responsible for providing us with an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF when you register to take the test. More information about these requirements, can be found on the Graduate Division website.


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Graduate Admissions
Materials Science and Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
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Berkeley CA 94720-1760
United States of America