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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. 

Who can apply

Beginning Fall 2021, current UC Berkeley College of Engineering sophomores majoring in a M.E.T. academic track (BioE, CE, EECS, IEOR, ME, or MSE) 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.

Applicants are advised to take the courses listed on the Plan of Study for their academic track in the M.E.T. Berkeley Academic Guide (links below) and attend an M.E.T. Pre-Advising Session during the Spring semester.

Continuing UC Berkeley students who intend to apply to the M.E.T. program must 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). 

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.

“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

  • 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

The goal of the admissions review process is to holistically evaluate an applicant’s overall fit for the program. 

  • Timeline: Applications are anticipated to open November 2021.
  • Supplemental Essay: The supplemental essay prompt will be released with the application in November. 
  • Interviews: The information submitted as part of the written applications typically gives us the full picture of a student’s experience and aspirations. However in some cases, additional information is needed and M.E.T. may invite you to interview. Interviews are by invitation only.

  • 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.

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.

  1. The M.E.T. Continuing Student Application 
  2. A 2-year Plan of Study, not to exceed 20.5 units per semester, that includes courses already completed as well as a trajectory to satisfy the degree requirements for both the engineering and business degrees within 8 semesters (summer does not apply).
  3. Personal essay 

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline (TBA). Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Interviews will be conducted for select applicants and candidates will be notified by the M.E.T. program.

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 am currently a second year student in COE majoring in one of the M.E.T. tracks. Is it possible for me to still be considered for the program when applications open next year?

A: Continuing Student Admissions applications to M.E.T. will open with the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Current UC Berkeley COE sophomores (during Fall 2020) will not be eligible to apply to the program as they will be juniors at that time. Students may choose to pursue an uncoordinated dual degree undergraduate experience outside of the M.E.T. Program and apply to Haas directly during the Fall 2020 admissions cycle.

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: Pre-admission advising is available during the spring via webinar; two sessions will be offered but are not required. Individual 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.

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

A: All prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or higher by the end of the Spring term prior to your anticipated start at Berkeley M.E.T. Those that have not met minimum criteria for admissions will not be considered. 

Q: What is the M.E.T. Admissions Committee looking for in applicants?

A:

  • 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

Q: Can I withdraw my application after submitting?

A: You will need to contact the M.E.T. office if you wish to withdraw your application.

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

A: You will receive an admissions decision the summer before your intended Fall enrollment.

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: Housing and priority registration are only available to M.E.T. students during their freshman and sophomore years.

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 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: 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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