- An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (preferably in some type of engineering or math).
- 3.0 cumulative GPA (or equivalent based on transcript grades) from undergraduate degree and unofficial transcripts from ALL prior post-secondary institutions with the name of the university and degree date clearly stated.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- 2 essays
- TOEFL if not waived
- Publications, conference papers, or other research/industry expertise
- Past online course experience
UC Berkeley Graduate Division Online Application: All applicants must complete and submit the UC Berkeley online application and pay the appropriate application fee.
Domestic Applicants: Application Guidelines
Review these guidelines when preparing your online application and supplemental materials. If you have additional questions about your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Exam Requirements
- Letters of Recommendation
- Grade Point Average (GPA)
When you begin your online application, you will see the Instructions section—the first of many sections of the application. Read the Instructions section carefully as it provides important guidance for completing your application. Use the left column of the online application to navigate to subsequent sections.
Upload unofficial electronic transcripts as a single PDF (less than 2.5 MB) for all college-level coursework, including your bachelor’s degree, any advanced degrees, and any courses taken at community colleges. Your transcripts must include the following elements:
- Your name
- University or college name
- Degrees conferred
- Degree conferral date
- Course names
- Course grades
Please also review carefully the transcript instructions within your online application, as indicated in the screenshot below. If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from obtaining transcripts, please contact email@example.com.
Please note that although we use the same online application system as the rest of UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division, this program has different requirements from other programs; as such, there may be sections of the application that do not apply to applicants of this particular program.
For domestic applicants, the GRE is optional and not required. As noted in the screenshot below, you may click the “section not applicable” link at the top of the page to bypass this section of the application.
Letters of Recommendation
One of the first things to do when you have started your application is to request a minimum of three letters of recommendation. Please follow the steps below to request your letters (PLEASE NOTE: the Letterbanc service cannot be used for the online MAS-IC program):
- Go to the Recommendations section of your application.
- Enter the contact information of each recommender (see screenshot below)
- Click “Send Recommender Invitation Now.” This will trigger an email to be sent from UC Berkeley to your recommenders with instructions on how to upload their letters directly to your application. Please ask your recommenders to look out for this email. (If your recommender does not receive the invitation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- You will be notified by email both when the invitations are sent and when the letters of recommendation have been uploaded to your application.
- You can submit your application before your recommenders have uploaded their letters. However, we encourage you to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they upload their letters before the submission deadline!
- At least one reference should focus on your academic potential. If you are unable to obtain a recommendation from a former professor, a professional or other kind of reference may suffice if the person can speak to your intellectual or academic capacity.
- At least one reference should focus on your professional potential, for instance, a letter from a current or former employer.
- Recommenders may include the following in their letters:
- personal impressions of your intellectual ability
- promise of productive scholarship
- capacity for analytical thinking and research
- quality of your previous work
- how you approach and complete projects
- comments on your character
- obstacles you may have had to overcome to attain your
educational and professional goals (economic, social, cultural, educational, or other disadvantages)
Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose (500–600 words) should describe your career goals and ways this program will meet your professional aspirations. You may want to consider answering some or all of the following questions in your Statement of Purpose essay:
- Why are you applying to this program?
- What will you do during this degree program?
- What do you want to do after and how will this degree help you?
Personal History Statement
Your personal history statement (300–600 words) supplements the statement of purpose and should leave the admissions committee with a better understanding of you as a person. You may want to consider answering some or all of the following questions in your Personal History Statement essay:
- What from you past made you decide to go into this field?
- How will your personal history help you succeed in this program and your future goals?
Grade Point Average (GPA)
It is required that you have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or equivalent in all undergraduate and graduate coursework (if applicable). If your undergraduate GPA does not meet the required minimum, you may still submit an application for admission. Please bear in mind, however, that you should provide evidence of other academic and professional accomplishments showing that you are capable of being successful in an academically rigorous environment. Alternative evidence includes professional courses you may have successfully completed as work-related training.
Note that the GPA section of the application is optional for international students only.
See the screenshot of the Grade Point Average section of the application below.