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Continuing Student Admissions

If you have contemplated earning simultaneous degrees in engineering and business while at UC Berkeley, the M.E.T. Program may be for you. 

Update on P/NP grading policy (September 2021):

Admission to the M.E.T. program is competitive and highly selective. Grades in prerequisite courses are essential in helping us assess a student’s ability to handle the academic rigor of the program. Therefore the admission committee prefers that students take prerequisite courses for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 for a letter grade. (Breadth and/or H/SS classes are not considered prerequisites and may be taken P/NP.) If you opted to take a prerequisite for Haas or a required course as allowed by the College of Engineering P/NP, the M.E.T. admissions committee will require that you submit a letter from the professor or the department stating what the letter grade would have been.

Taking prerequisites during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 for P/NP or failing to submit a letter could adversely affect your admission decision.

“The greatest strengths of the M.E.T. program are the strong sense of community and the amazing connections the program provides allowing students to jump start their careers.”
Michael Grimes, Founder
Who can apply

Current UC Berkeley College of Engineering sophomores majoring in a M.E.T. academic track are eligible to apply to the M.E.T. program during the fall of their sophomore year. If admitted, students will join M.E.T. during their junior year.

Students enrolled in any other College at UC Berkeley, or admitted as junior transfers to UC Berkeley, are NOT eligible to apply to the M.E.T. Program. In addition, we cannot review applications from students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

We suggest UC Berkeley students who intend to apply to the M.E.T. program develop an academic plan of study that will satisfy the degree requirements of both the College of Engineering and Haas School of Business. Applicants are welcome to use the M.E.T. Four-Year Plan Worksheet for their engineering track to create a manageable plan that meets all of the degree requirements. The plan of study may not exceed the maximum of 20.5 units per semester for each of the 4 semesters while in M.E.T. (summer does not apply). 

The plan of study is for planning purposes only. It is not a required component of the application.

Watch the admissions webinar recording: https://youtu.be/19s1wmsrH-Y

 

Admissions process and timeline

The goal of the admissions review process is to holistically evaluate an applicant’s overall fit for the program.  Essay prompts can be found here. This year, all applicants are invited to submit a video interview in addition to their written essays as part of the application to give voice to their story. The video interview is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

  • November 1: Applications open
  • November 30, 2021: Submission deadline. You must press the “Submit Application” button on the Review page by 4:00pm on November 30, 2021. It is your responsibility to follow all instructions and submit the application by this deadline. Late applications and/or materials will not be accepted.
  • January 29, 2022: Last day to withdraw your application. If you wish to withdraw your application from consideration you must do so via e-mail by 4:00pm. Please write in the subject [M.E.T. application withdrawal]. In the body, it should include your name, last 4 digits of your SID and indicate that you wish to withdraw your application from consideration for the Fall 2021 application cycle. E-mails should be sent to met@berkeley.edu.
  • February 8, 2022: Admissions decisions released.

  • Academic achievement including grades, course load, consistent academic excellence and high academic performance in all required prerequisite courses
  • Focused and self-motivated, with a passion for finding and solving big problems
  • Demonstrated innovative and creative spirit and drive
  • Consistent and thoughtful leadership and participation in extracurricular activities
  • Exceptional interpersonal, analytical and communication skills

  • Completion of all prerequisite courses1 (with a minimum of 3 semester units) for a letter grade of C- or higher by the end of the Spring term prior to your anticipated start at Berkeley M.E.T. Students with exam credit may be exempt from certain admission requirements; view the M.E.T. Exam Credit Guidelines for requirements that may be filled with credit. (Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prerequisites taken during Spring 2020, may be taken pass/no pass. Taking prerequisites for pass/no pass during Spring 2020 will not affect your admission decision.)

1 Once at UC Berkeley, all prerequisites must be completed at UC Berkeley. If non-UC Berkeley college-level course work was completed before admission into UC Berkeley, it can be used to satisfy prerequisite or breadth requirements (with the exception of Principles of Business [UGBA 10], which must be taken at UC Berkeley). If off-campus work was completed at a California community college, visit the Assist website, www.assist.org for courses at each school that fulfill the prerequisite or breadth requirements.

Outside of Haas pre-reqs, the absence of an engineering breadth course may not preclude your candidacy. You must take a minimum of 2 technical classes that fulfill the requirements for your engineering degree each semester.

If you were unable to enroll in a class listed in the first two years of your plan of study, please note on your application why you were unable to take the course during your first two years and when you intend to take it.

2 If you have repeated or taken more than one course to fulfill a prerequisite you must use the first attempt to satisfy the requirement. If you received a C- or higher for your first attempt you should not repeat the prerequisite.3 The first year M.E.T. Special Topics course cannot be taken until the fall semester of third year for admitted continuing students.4 Breadth is not required for admission but you must successfully complete the M.E.T. Breadth Requirements. Although breadth coursework is not required for admission, students are encouraged to spread breadth courses over 4 years. With the exception of UGBA 107, business courses cannot be used to satisfy M.E.T. Breadth Requirements. Read the “College Requirements” section of your M.E.T. track’s Berkeley Academic Guide for more information about the M.E.T. Breadth Requirements and exclusions.

You must submit a completed M.E.T. application (opens Nov. 1) by 4:00pm on November 30, 2021.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Q: I am planning to transfer to UC Berkeley from a community college and/or from another college/university. Am I eligible to apply to this program? A: Only students enrolled in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply to the M.E.T. Program. The program is not open to junior transfers from another university or college. In addition, we cannot review applications from students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

Q: I am currently a first-year student at L&S and also undeclared. Is it possible for me to fill out an application for M.E.T.?A: Please refer to the College of Engineering’s Change of College policy for information regarding the change of college application process. Only students enrolled in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply to the M.E.T. Program.

Q: I applied to M.E.T. during my senior year of high school and was not admitted to the program. Can I apply again?

A: If you are a current UC Berkeley student in the College of Engineering majoring in one of the current M.E.T. tracks, you are eligible to apply to M.E.T. during the fall semester of your sophomore year.

Q: I was placed on the waitlist for M.E.T., do I need to apply as a continuing student for admission consideration? Am I more likely to be admitted if I was previously on the waitlist?

A: Regardless of previous waitlist status all continuing student applicants interested in M.E.T. enrollment during their junior year must apply. Waitlist status does not impact your candidacy.

Q: Will I get access to M.E.T. program events/programming as an applicant?

A: No, only students currently enrolled in the M.E.T. program have access to events and programming. 

Q: When will students accepted to M.E.T. through the continuing admissions process take the required special topics courses?

A: The first year M.E.T. Special Topics course cannot be taken until the fall semester of third year for admitted continuing students.

Q: Can I make appointments with the M.E.T. program team to work on my academic plan?

A: Individual pre-admission advising appointments are not offered at this time. Applicants are advised to use the M.E.T. Four-Year Plan Worksheet for their engineering track to create a manageable plan that meets all of the requirements. We encourage prospective applicants to view our admissions webinar recording for more information.

Q: Can I still apply even if I haven’t completed all the prerequisite coursework?

A: Outside of Haas prerequisite courses, the absence of an engineering or breadth course may not preclude your candidacy. You must take a minimum of 2 technical courses that fulfill the requirements for your engineering degree each semester.

If you are unable to enroll in a class listed in the first two years of your plan of study, please note on your application why you were unable to take it and when you intend to take it instead.

Q: I took Foundations of Data Science and a Connector course for Stats, how should I enter this in the application?

A: Please input the courses as separate entries both under the Statistics prerequisite in the Academic Record.

Q: Can taking courses P/NP in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 affect my admission decision?

A: Admission to the M.E.T. program is competitive and highly selective. Grades in prerequisite courses are essential in helping us assess a student’s ability to handle the academic rigor of the program. Therefore the admission committee prefers that students take courses for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 for a letter grade. If you opt to take a prerequisite for Haas or a required course as allowed by the College of Engineering P/NP, the M.E.T. admissions committee will require that you submit a letter from the professor or the department stating what the letter grade would have been.

Taking prerequisites during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 for P/NP or failing to submit a letter could adversely affect your admission decision.

Q: I took a prerequisite for P/NP outside of Spring 2020. How will that impact my application?

A: If you took a prerequisite for P/NP in a semester other than Spring 2020, the actual letter grade will factor into your admission decision. You will be required to either:

  1. upload a letter from the professor or department stating what the letter grade would have been or
  2. indicate that your professor or department will email the letter grade to met@berkeley.edu. Email must come from a berkeley.edu account or
  3. indicate that the letter grade is included in the comments section of E-grades.

You will be prompted to select one of the above methods after submitting your application. If you select the first or second option, please include in the subject line [PNP grade verification] along with your first and last name and the last 4 digits of your SID. In the body, please also highlight the portion where the professor shares your grade. This will help our team quickly find the information we need.

Note: The deadline to submit the form and letter documentation is January 6, 2022 at 4:00pm PT.

Q: I accidentally selected the “Continuing Student Application” for Berkeley-Haas consideration instead of M.E.T. How can I switch my selected application type?

A: Please email met@berkeley.edu. We will initiate a one-time application switch. Allow for 2 business days for the request to be processed. Note: we will not issue an application change after the November 30 deadline.

Q: Can I withdraw my application after submitting it?

A: Yes, January 29, 20220 is the last day to withdraw your application. If you wish to withdraw your application from consideration you must do so via e-mail by 4:00pm. Please write in the subject [M.E.T. application withdrawal]. In the body, it should include your name, last 4 digits of your SID and indicate that you wish to withdraw your application from consideration for the Fall 2021 application cycle. E-mails should be sent to met@berkeley.edu

Q: If I am not admitted to M.E.T., can I still be considered for admission to Haas? A: Yes. If you opt to apply to the M.E.T. program, you will be part of a sub-pool of candidates within the Haas general pool. This means you will still be considered for admission to the Haas Undergraduate Program even if you aren’t admitted to the M.E.T. program.

Q: When will I find out if I am admitted to M.E.T.?

A: You will receive an admissions decision on February 8, 2022.

Q: I applied to M.E.T. but don’t have my sophomore year grades yet, how will my candidacy be reviewed?

A: Sophomore year grades will be taken into consideration to assess your candidacy. 

Q: Will I get guaranteed housing and priority registration when admitted to M.E.T.?

A: The Housing guarantee is only available to M.E.T. students during their freshman year. As with our current M.E.T. junior and senior classes, enrollment appointments for admitted M.E.T. continuing students will be determined by the number of semesters a student has completed at UC Berkeley.

Q: How many students will be accepted?

A: Admissions through the M.E.T. continuing student admissions process will be limited to 5-10 students per academic year.

Q: Is there a waitlist?

A: No, there isn’t a waitlist.

Q: Is there an appeal process?

A: 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.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA required to apply?

A: A minimum UC G.P.A. of 3.0 is required.

Q: I received a C- in a prerequisite course, should I repeat it?

A: No – the admission committee will always start with the first attempt at a prerequisite. If you received a C- or higher for the first attempt the prerequisite should not be repeated. If you received a D+ or lower in a prerequisite the course must be repeated until you receive at least a C-. The D+ will still be considered because it is your first attempt.

Q: Can I switch engineering majors during the application process or after being admitted to the M.E.T. program?

A: No, once you’ve submitted your continuing UC Berkeley student application to the M.E.T. program you cannot change your engineering major.

Q: I forgot to show my ID during my video interview. What should I do?

Please send a copy of your photo ID (school, license, etc.) to uginfo@haas.berkeley.edu and cc met@berkeley.edu with and we will upload it to your application.

Q: I used both my attempts for the video interview but I want to submit my application without the video interview, how do I delete it?

A: If after your second attempt you choose not to proceed with the video interview upload, please email met@berkeley.edu with this request using [Video Interview] as the subject line and the video interview will not be considered.

Q: My question wasn’t answered. Who can I reach out to for more advice?

A: Please email our team: met@berkeley.edu.

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