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General Questions:

What is the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) program?
What makes M.E.T. unique?
I’m a current Berkeley student. Can I get into M.E.T.?
As an M.E.T. student, can I transfer to another major in engineering or elsewhere?

Academics:

Do IB/AP scores count for credit?
Can M.E.T. students pursue a minor?
Is the M.E.T. curriculum different from regular engineering or business coursework?
How exactly are business and engineering integrated in this program?
What is the workload like? Will I take double the course load to complete the two degrees?

Admissions:

What are the prerequisites for applying?
How do I apply to M.E.T.?
Where is M.E.T. located on the UC Berkeley application?
Where can I find the supplemental essay prompt?
How do I submit my supplemental essay?
Is the M.E.T. Supplemental Essay also due on Nov. 30?
How will interviews be conducted? Do I need to fly to Berkeley?
I applied to the M.E.T. program but did not receive a decision letter from UC Berkeley in February (early release). Does that mean I am no longer being considered for M.E.T.?
Is there a waitlist for the M.E.T. program?
How do I know if I am on the waitlist?

Student Life:

Will I have time to do other things at Berkeley while getting two intensive degrees simultaneously?
Do M.E.T. students have a designated housing facility?
Are M.E.T. students guaranteed on-campus housing?
Is there a benefit to applying to Housing early?
What dorm should I choose?
Are M.E.T. students given registration priority?
Will M.E.T. students have opportunities to do internships at innovative firms like Google and Facebook?

General Questions:

What is the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) program?
Berkeley’s Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology program aims to educate leaders with a seamless understanding of technology innovation, from idea to real-world impact. M.E.T. students earn two Bachelor of Science degrees in one program that combines the best of the top-ranked College of Engineering and Haas School of Business. Its integrated curriculum enables students to complete their two degrees within four years, while internships, career coaching and other enrichment activities provide ample opportunity for hands-on practice with technology innovation. Each M.E.T. cohort is small, allowing for close mentoring and a tight-knit community.

What makes M.E.T. unique?
Graduates of the M.E.T. program earn two full, unabridged undergraduate degrees—a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.S. in either Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS), Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR), or Mechanical Engineering (ME). M.E.T. students receive mentoring and coaching, robust internship opportunities and a curriculum tailored for future technology leaders.

I’m a current Berkeley student. Can I get into M.E.T.?
The M.E.T. curriculum is intensive, beginning with a suite of first-year courses in engineering, business and electives. Due to the rigor of the program’s course load and the small size of its cohort, M.E.T. is currently limited to students applying for freshman admission. Current students cannot transfer into M.E.T.

As an M.E.T. student, can I transfer to another major in engineering or elsewhere?
Students should apply to the major they’re really interested in and not count on changing their major after they are admitted. If they find that the major they applied for is not a good fit, they would have to complete a full semester of study – and in some cases a full year – before they could apply for a change of major in the college of engineering. If they change their major to one not in the M.E.T. program – say Civil Engineering – then they would no longer be in the M.E.T. program.

Academics:

Do IB/AP scores count for credit?
Qualifying scores on IB/AP tests may count for credit. Please review the 2017-2018 Exam Credit Guidelines for more information.

Can M.E.T. students pursue a minor?
Time will tell if students are able to pursue a minor or not while in the M.E.T. program. Where majors and minors have a lot of crossover, that may be doable, however if it’s a completely different field with many requirements that will not double count it may be more difficult.

Is the M.E.T. curriculum different from regular engineering or business coursework?
M.E.T. students enroll in the same high-caliber Berkeley courses as students who are pursuing degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS), Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR), Mechanical Engineering (ME) or Business Administration. M.E.T.’s integrated curriculum plan is designed to allow students to complete two degrees in four years. In addition, M.E.T. students will complete two new courses customized for the program, drawing from entrepreneurship offerings developed by Berkeley Engineering’s Sutardja Center and Berkeley-Haas’s Lean Launch approach.

How exactly are business and engineering integrated in this program?
M.E.T is staffed with its own executive director and program manager guiding students through this program. M.E.T. integrates the engineering and business curriculum plans and provides M.E.T. students with professional development, internship opportunities, company excursions and other experiences that allow for real-world learning.

What is the workload like? Will I take double the course load to complete the two degrees?
The M.E.T. coursework is designed for you to complete two full B.S. degrees in four years. A minimum of 120 units are required to graduate; you can complete degree requirements without taking double the course load. You can see a sample 4-year plan for EECS, IEOR, and ME.

Admissions:

What are the prerequisites for applying?
M.E.T. applicants must meet UC Berkeley’s basic admission requirements. The M.E.T. program is small and selective, enrolling students with exceptional academic records and a demonstrated interest in combining engineering and business.

How do I apply to M.E.T.?
Applications for admission to the M.E.T. program are available beginning in October of the year prior to the year in which you would enter UC Berkeley. The application filing period is November 1-30. All applications must be submitted by November 30. To learn more, visit admissions.berkeley.edu. M.E.T. is open to freshman applicants only, applying for two simultaneously earned B.S. degrees in one of the following tracks:

  • EECS + Business (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and Business Administration),
  • IEOR + Business (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and Business Administration), or
  • ME + Business (Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration)

Where is M.E.T. located on the UC Berkeley application?
M.E.T. is not listed as a major on the UC Berkeley application. To apply to the program, you will need to choose one of the three M.E.T. engineering tracks (EECS + Business, IEOR + Business, or ME + Business) under College of Engineering, not Berkeley-Haas. If you choose through Berkeley-Haas there is no button available.

Where can I find the supplemental essay prompt?
You can find the supplemental essay by clicking the Admissions tab and choosing M.E.T. Supplemental Essay.

How do I submit my supplemental essay?
M.E.T. applicants must first complete the UC application and choose one of the three M.E.T. engineering tracks. After submitting your UC application, students will receive an email with a link to the M.E.T. Supplemental Form. This typically takes 2-5 business days. Once students receive that email, they will have 10 calendar days from the date of the email to submit by 11:59pm PST  (ex. if you received the email on Nov. 20, you have until Nov. 30 to submit it). If you do not submit your essay by the deadline, you will not be considered for admission to the M.E.T. Program.

Is the M.E.T. Supplemental Essay also due on Nov. 30?
It depends on when students first submitted their UC application. If you had submitted it earlier, your supplemental essay was due earlier. Your essay is due 10 days from the date you received the M.E.T. Supplemental Form. If you submit your UC application on Nov. 30, it can take as long as Dec. 7 for you to receive the email containing the supplemental essay. You will still have 10 calendar days from the date of that email to submit by 11:59pm PST (aka Dec. 17 11:59pm PST).

How will interviews be conducted? Do I need to fly to Berkeley?
After the M.E.T. selection committee has reviewed your UC Application and Supplemental Essay, you may be invited for an interview. Interviews are by invitation only, and if selected you will receive an invitation by late January. M.E.T. candidates who are asked to interview will sign up for a 20- minute time slot to interview with a faculty member via Skype.

I applied to the M.E.T. program but did not receive a decision letter from UC Berkeley in February (early release). Does that mean I am no longer being considered for M.E.T.?
All M.E.T. admissions decisions have been released. If you did not receive a letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions stating you have been admitted to M.E.T., then you have not been selected for this year’s class. However, you are still being considered for admission to the College of Engineering. Those decisions will be emailed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the end of March. Please know that, given the large volume of applications we received for M.E.T. and the small size of the cohort, many highly qualified candidates were not able to be admitted.

Is there a waitlist for the M.E.T. program?
Yes, there is a waitlist for the M.E.T. program.

How do I know if I am on the waitlist?
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will release all decisions by late March. If you are admitted to the College of Engineering and were interviewed for M.E.T., you are automatically placed on the M.E.T. waitlist.

Do I need to accept my spot on the waitlist?
No, students who have been accepted to the College of Engineering and interviewed for M.E.T. do not need to accept their spot on the waitlist. Students are automatically placed on the M.E.T. waitlist. If you wish to be removed from our waitlist, please contact met@berkeley.edu.

I was not accepted to College of Engineering and/or never received an invitation to interview for M.E.T., is there a way I can be considered for the waitlist?
No, only candidates who meet the criteria above can be on the waitlist.

Is there an appeal process for those who are not accepted to M.E.T.?
We regret that we are unable to offer admission to all qualified applicants, however, there is no appeal process for the M.E.T. program. Every application has gone through extensive reviews, and admissions decisions to the program are final. If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Can I transfer into the M.E.T. program once I start at Cal?
Unfortunately, you can only enter the M.E.T. program as a freshman. Students cannot transfer into the M.E.T. Program from community colleges, universities or other UC Berkeley majors or colleges.

How do I double major in business and engineering outside of the M.E.T. program?
Once admitted and enrolled, current UC Berkeley students may apply to pursue simultaneous degrees between Berkeley Engineering and Berkeley-Haas outside of the M.E.T. program if they meet minimum requirements for both the College of Engineering and the Haas School of Business. You would need to discuss how to pursue this avenue of study with your student advisor once you have accepted your SIR.

If I am not selected for the M.E.T. program, am I still eligible for other majors at Berkeley?
M.E.T. is highly competitive. The number of admitted applicants is kept small to ensure close mentoring and a tight-knit cohort. Applicants who are not admitted to the M.E.T. program will be automatically considered for admission to Berkeley Engineering’s EECS, IEOR, or ME majors. However, admission to these majors is not guaranteed.

Does being rejected from M.E.T. count negatively against you when considered for EECS, IEOR, or ME?
No, it does not count negatively against you.

Student life:

Will I have time to do other things at Berkeley while getting two intensive degrees simultaneously?
Without a doubt, M.E.T. is demanding, calling for motivation and a clear sense of direction. However, here at Berkeley, countless student activities and cultural offerings are right at your fingertips. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, for example, is a beehive of activity for students interested in hands-on making and prototyping.

Do M.E.T. students have a designated housing facility?
No, M.E.T. students do not have their own designated housing facility. They apply to on-campus housing the same way as all incoming freshmen. When applying for housing students will be able to submit their preferences, and we find that in the end most everyone gets housing that works for them. Current M.E.T. students are living on campus, anywhere from Foothill to Clark Kerr to the Units, and even Bowles Hall.

Are M.E.T. students guaranteed on-campus housing?
M.E.T. students are guaranteed placement in a University Residence for the first two years (freshman and sophomore) as long as the Housing Office application, payment and acceptance offer deadlines are met. The M.E.T. 2-year housing benefit does not guarantee that you will receive your top choice(s) in housing preference. However, as the Housing Office does its best to honor housing preferences, we find that most students receive one of their top 3 choices.

Is there a benefit to applying to Housing early?
The Housing Office takes many different factors into account when determining housing assignments. Assignment preferences are not given based on when applications are received, as long as they’re submitted by the deadline. That said, turning in your housing application before the deadline is always recommended.

What dorm should I choose?
We encourage all admitted students to take a tour of the Residence Halls to get a better understanding of their options. Tours are available Monday-Friday from 12-1:00pm and 3-4:00pm. Reservations are required. Another housing option that is close to campus is Bowles Hall; a separate application process is required.

Are M.E.T. students given class priority?
Yes, M.E.T. students are provided registration priority in several ways. First, M.E.T. freshmen and sophomores will be assigned the first available enrollment date and time and have the first opportunity to register for courses. Second, as students in the College of Engineering and Haas School of Business, you have priority for your major’s required courses. Finally, if there is a required course that you need to complete your degree requirements on time and you are unable to enroll, M.E.T. staff will work on your behalf to help you get the course you need at that time; we don’t expect this to happen often. You will get the courses you need to graduate on time.

Will M.E.T. students have opportunities to do internships at innovative firms like Google and Facebook?
M.E.T. provides you with opportunities, including industry mentoring and access to Berkeley’s Career Center and extensive alumni networks, to pursue hands-on, real-world experience with technology management and entrepreneurship. While internships are not a degree requirement, we have designed the M.E.T. curriculum path so that you can complete your internships during your summers. We encourage you to explore internships in both business and engineering.