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FAQs

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.

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).

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.

Will there be a waitlist?
Yes, M.E.T. will have a waitlist for the 2018 Admissions cycle.

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.

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.

When will I get my admissions decision?
Those who are selected for the M.E.T. program will be notified via email or phone call during February or March of the admissions cycle in the year they are applying to attend Berkeley.

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.

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.

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.

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 their own separate housing?
No, M.E.T. students do not have their own separate housing facility. They apply to on-campus housing the same way a regular incoming freshman would.

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.

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.