The program is designed for recent graduates and individuals with several years of professional experience. Candidates are required to provide evidence of the following to be considered for the program.

  • B.A. or B.S. in a science or engineering discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Transcript from every post-secondary school ever attended.
  • Prior coursework in linear algebra and multivariable calculus, and chemistry, materials, or physics.
  • Prior exposure to programming methodology.
  • Minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of at least 90 for the Internet-based test (IBT) or 570 for the paper-based format (PBT) or at least a 7 on a 9-point scale for the IELTS, as appropriate.


All applications must be submitted through UC Berkeley’s online Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships site for graduate admissions. Please take care to ensure all email addresses, as well as your own email address, are entered correctly. The application has several sections, including two essays. Applicants must fulfill all sections of the application to be considered. For more information about UC Berkeley’s Graduate Admission requirements, please go to:


Applicants offered admission will typically be notified by late March or early April for the fall semester. Applicants who are not offered admission will be notified by the Program as the admissions committee makes its decisions.

We accept applications once per year for a fall program start. The first round of applications open in September and are due in January.


The University of California and the MSSE Program are committed to providing financial access to a quality education. Applicants must complete the “need-based grant application” section of the admissions application to be considered for a need-based award.  Financial assistance and student loans are available through the Offices of Financial Aid.

To apply for Financial Aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application:

Select academic year.

  • Include UC Berkeley school code 001312.
  • Students must report tax information from two year’s prior.
  • Students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships must also complete the Parental Data section of the FAFSA form. (The federal instructions will indicate parental data is not needed for federal loans. However, in order to assess relative financial need for institutional scholarships, parental data will be analyzed). For students under the age of 30 by December 31, 2019, parents’ information must be submitted on the FAFSA to be considered for Full Funding.

For more information about graduate student financial aid, please go to:

International Students – please contact us at for more information.