MEng. Degree Requirements

Normative Time

Full time: 9 months or 2 semesters

Part-time: 2-4 years

Minimum Number of Units To Complete Degree

25 Semester Units (must be in 200 series)

Minimum Number of Materials Science and Engineering Units In Area of Concentration

12 Semester Units (must be in 200 series and letter-graded)

MINIMUM NUMBER OF CORE LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM UNITS

8 Semester Units (must be in 200 series). These must consist of:

  • 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 (296M A-B)

5 Semester Units of 296M A-B (letter graded) can be counted towards the 25 unit total requirement. The semester enrollment restrictions for these courses are as follows:

  • 2 Semester Units – Fall
  • 3 Semester Units – Spring

Students are required to complete a capstone project. The project enables the student to integrate the core leadership curriculum with the concentration and gain hands-on industry experience.

MINIMUM GRADE POINT AVERAGES (GPAs)

All students are required to have a minimum overall Grade Point Average of 3.0.

MINIMUM UNITS YOU ARE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO BE REGISTERED EACH SEMESTER

Full time graduate students must enroll in 12 Semester units each semester.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS YOU CAN TRANSFER TOWARDS YOUR MASTERS OF ENGINEERING DEGREE

A master of engineering student may petition to transfer up to 4 semester units or 6 quarter units of 200-level courses completed as a graduate student at another UC campus. They may not present course work previously used to satisfy requirements for another degree program at another institution.

Berkeley undergraduates who take graduate course work during their last undergraduate semester may petition to backdate graduate standing in order to receive graduate credit for that course work. Graduate standing may be backdated from the last semester, and students may petition for credit only for the course work that was not required for the undergraduate degree.

All petitions to have units transferred must be first approved by the Vice-Chair for Graduate Study. He then forwards the petitions to Graduate Division.

Detailed restrictions can be found in Graduate Division’s Guide to Graduate Policy:

Graduate Division’s Guide to Graduate Policies

TECHNICAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

The technical component of the Master of Engineering (MEng) comprehensive exam for Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) students will be administered by the current instructor of the graduate survey course, MatSci 200A, plus one or two additional faculty to constitute a committee including at least two members of the academic senate.  The committee will compose a 20-question multiple-choice written exam based on the content of Mat Sci 200A, which will be offered to MSE MEng students on the Friday of the reading week of the Fall semester.  A score of 60% on the exam will constitute a pass.  If a student does not pass, they will be given a chance to retake another 20-question multiple choice written exam on the Friday of reading week of the Spring semester.  If a student fails the exam for the second time, they will be given the option to take the exam for the third and final time the following Fall semester.  Failure to pass the exam on this third attempt will constitute a failure of the comprehensive exam requirement for the MEng degree.

ORAL PRESENTATION AND REPORT

An oral presentation and a written report of the capstone project are required by the end of the Spring Semester. The audience at the oral presentation must consist of the Materials Science and Engineering Advisor, instructor(s), peers and industry partners.