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Q: What is the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) program?

A: 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.

Q: What makes M.E.T. unique?

A: 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 Bioengineering (BioE), Civil Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS), Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR), or Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), Mechanical Engineering (ME). M.E.T. students receive mentoring and coaching, robust internship opportunities and a curriculum tailored for future technology leaders.

Q: I’m a current Berkeley student. Can I get into M.E.T.?

A: Beginning 2021, current UC Berkeley students can apply to M.E.T. through the Continuing Student Admissions process.

Q: As an M.E.T. student, can I transfer to another major in engineering or elsewhere?

A: 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 Nuclear Engineering – then they would no longer be in the M.E.T. program. Applicants can apply to Berkeley M.E.T.’s Engineering Undeclared + Business first-year track. Engineering Undeclared + Business students explore major options in their first year and then select one of the six engineering tracks offered through M.E.T.

Q: Do IB/AP scores count for credit?

A: Qualifying scores on IB/AP tests may count for credit. Please review the 2018-2019 Exam Credit Guidelines for more information.

Q: Can M.E.T. students pursue a minor?

A: Yes, M.E.T. students can pursue a minor if they work with their M.E.T. academic advisor to plan how a minor can fit into their schedules.

Q: Is the M.E.T. curriculum different from regular engineering or business coursework?

A: M.E.T. students enroll in the same high-caliber Berkeley courses as students who are pursuing degrees in Bioengineering (BioE), Civil Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS), Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR), Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), 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.

Q: How exactly are business and engineering integrated in this program?

A: The M.E.T. program team works exclusively with M.E.T. students to integrate the engineering and business curriculum plans and provide M.E.T. students with professional development, internship opportunities, company excursions and other experiences that allow for real-world learning.

Q: What is the workload like? Will I take double the course load to complete the two degrees?

A: 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 BioE, CE, EECS, IEOR, MSE, and ME.

Q: How strict is the four-year graduation timeline?

A: There is very little wiggle room – graduation dates are extended only for extenuating circumstances, or for the possibility of study abroad (all degree requirements must have been fulfilled). Haas and Engineering require that students graduate during the class year they are admitted for.

Q: Would it be possible to change engineering tracks once in the M.E.T. program?

A: This is dependent upon how many exam credits and/or college coursework the admit enters with. If they have a lot of credit and can pass out of several required courses, then it’s possible for them to take some classes outside of their major.

Q: What are the prerequisites for applying?

A: 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.

Q: How do I apply to M.E.T.?

A: Applications for freshman 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. Freshmen applicants to M.E.T. may apply for two simultaneously earned B.S. degrees in one of the following tracks:

  • Engineering Undeclared + Business
  • BioE + Business (Bioengineering and Business Administration)
  • CE + Business (Civil Engineering and Business Administration)
  • EECS + Business (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and Business Administration)
  • IEOR + Business (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and Business Administration)
  • MSE + Business (Materials Science & Engineering and Business Administration)
  • ME + Business (Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration)

Q: Where is M.E.T. located on the UC Berkeley application?

A: The new UC application defaults to category view to see the major choices but we recommend applicants toggle to the college view instead. To apply to the program, you will need to choose one of the seven M.E.T. engineering tracks found under both Haas School of Business and College of Engineering.

Q: Where can I find the supplemental essay prompt?

A: You can find the supplemental essay by clicking the Admissions tab and choosing M.E.T. Supplemental Essay.

Q: How do I submit my supplemental essay?

A: M.E.T. applicants must first complete the UC application and choose one of the five M.E.T. engineering tracks. After submitting your UC application, students will receive an email with a link to the M.E.T. Supplemental Essay Form. This typically takes 2-5 business days. The deadline to submit your supplemental essay form is December 16, 2020. If you do not submit your essay by the deadline, you will not be considered for admission to the M.E.T. Program.

Q: Is the M.E.T. Supplemental Essay also due on Nov. 30?

A: No, the supplemental essay is due 11:59pm PST on December 16, 2020. You can begin working on the supplemental essay now. The prompt is on our website.

Q: It’s been more than 5 business days since I submitted my UC application and am still waiting to receive my supplemental essay form. What should I do? A: Sometimes there can be a delay on when students receive the supplemental essay form. While it typically takes 2-5 business days, sometimes it can take longer. There’s nothing the M.E.T office or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) can do to expedite the process. Our recommendation is for students to begin writing their M.E.T. Supplemental Essay now and have it ready to submit once they do receive the form.

Q: With UC Berkeley no longer using SAT/ACT exams in the review process, does this mean that UC Berkeley is “test-blind”?

A: Our admissions team works in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  The Admissions team released a FAQ about changes to testing policy.  They are the best resource to get the latest information about testing policy.

Q: How will interviews be conducted? Do I need to fly to Berkeley?

A: 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, alumni, or staff via Skype.

Q: What does an interview invitation mean?

A: Some applicants are invited to interview. However, if an applicant does not receive an interview invitation it does not indicate they are no longer being considered for admission to the M.E.T. program. Interview invitations are sent on a rolling basis through January. M.E.T. admissions decisions will be announced in February or March.

Q: When will I hear back from UC Berkeley about the admissions decision?

A: Applicants who are admitted to the M.E.T. program will be notified in either February or March of the following year.

Q: Do I need to accept my spot on the waitlist?

A: 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.

Q:Is there an appeal process for those who are not accepted to M.E.T.?

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. If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Q: Can I transfer into the M.E.T. program once I start at Cal?

A: Freshman applicants who are not accepted to the M.E.T. program may apply to the M.E.T. program through the Continuing Admissions process launching in 2021. More details can be found here

Q: If I am not selected for the M.E.T. program, am I still eligible for other majors at Berkeley?

A: 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 BioE, CE, EECS, IEOR, MSE or ME majors. However, admission to these majors is not guaranteed. 

Q: Can I select a different fallback major option outside of Engineering in College of Engineering?

No, applicants cannot select M.E.T. as a major choice and an alternate major in College of Letters & Sciences or Business Administration through Berkeley-Haas.

Q: Does being denied from M.E.T. count negatively against you when considered for BioE, CE, EECS, IEOR, MSE, or ME?

A: No, it does not count negatively against you.

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.

Q: Will I have time to do other things at Berkeley while getting two time intensive degrees?

A: 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.

Q: Do M.E.T. students have a designated housing facility? 

A: 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.

Q: Are M.E.T. students guaranteed housing?

A: M.E.T. students are guaranteed placement in a University Residence for their freshman year as long as the Housing Office application, payment and acceptance offer deadlines are met. The M.E.T. 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.

Q: Is there a benefit to applying for housing early?

A: 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.

Q: Will M.E.T. students have opportunities to intern at innovative companies like Facebook and Google?

A: 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. The M.E.T. Student Board created an internship visualization showing where students have interned in the past years.

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