Industrial Engineering & Operations Research(M.S)
24 units of coursework
The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
Transcript Upload Please also upload your degree certificate or diploma to this section.
Exam Requirements - GRE and Evidence of English Language Proficiency
Statement of Purpose
Question: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals. Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.
Essay should be a maximum of 1-2 pages, double-spaced.
Personal History Statement
Question: Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include information on how you have overcome barriers to access higher education, evidence of how you have come to understand the barriers faced by others, evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality, or evidence of your leadership among such groups. Please note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose.
Essay should be a maximum of 1-2 pages, double-spaced.
This will appear as ONE of the following:
D.Eng Information, M.Eng Information, Masters of Science Information, MS/PhD Application Information, PhD Application Information, or Concurrent Program Information.
Major Field and Focus Area
Grade Point Average (GPA)REQUIRED - International applicants are required to convert to 4.0 scale.
Courses Planned or In Progress
Self Reported Exam Scores
Honors and Awards
Publication and Presentations
You can only apply to one program under one department per admission cycle.
If you have completed a degree, please upload your diploma or degree certificate along with your transcript in the Transcript Upload section.
For international applicants, please upload your transcripts in both English and your native language.
Grade Point Average (GPA) must be converted to the 4.0-scale. For assistance, please visit here.
Please remember to submit your application. Complete but unsubmitted applications will not be reviewed.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Please send the official scores to Berkeley at institution code 4833 by the deadline. Please do not send them to the IEOR Department.
There is no minimum scores required.
GRE Subject Tests are not required, but we encourage applicants to take the GRE Math Subject Test.
Only tests taken within the past 5 years are acceptable. For Fall 2018's admissions, tests taken before June 2013 will not be accepted.
Test results for the General GREs must be sent to code 4833 only (the Berkeley institution code).
GRE Scores should arrive no later December 1, 2017 .
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Please send the official score to Berkeley at institution code 4833 by the deadline. Please do not send it to the IEOR Department.
For information regarding TOEFL exemption, please visit here.
The minimum score is 90 for the internet-based test (iBT) and 570 for the paper-based test (PBT).
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the only acceptable substitute. Other tests such as the TOEIC are not acceptable.
Only tests taken within the past 2 years are acceptable. For Fall 2018's admissions, tests taken before June 2016 will not be accepted.
Letters of Recommendation
A total of 3 letters is required.
You can send letter of recommendation requests in the Recommendations section of the online application.
Letters of recommendation must be received by the IEOR Department electronically by the deadline.
See Career Center for additional guidance
Statement of Purpose
Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals. Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.
In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.
IEOR department does not require official transcripts at the time of submitting the application. Unofficial transcripts and other required academic records should be uploaded, in PDF format, with the application. If an offer of admission is made, applicants will be required to send to the Graduate Division the official paper documents for verification. Offers will not be considered final until the Graduate Division has received the official documents that match the uploaded record.
Please calculate your GPA based on a 4.0 scale, using the GPA calculation worksheet. International GPA can be converted using this chart. Leaving this section blank will result in an incomplete application.
The Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) offers three graduate programs: a Master of Engineering (MEng), a Master of Science (MS), and a PhD. These programs have been developed to meet the needs of individuals with backgrounds in engineering or the mathematical sciences who wish to enhance their knowledge of the theory, development, and use of quantitative models for design, analysis, risk management, and decision-making. This knowledge applies to complex systems in the industrial, service, or public sectors, including energy systems, supply chains, healthcare systems, and financial systems. Students may concentrate on theoretical studies in preparation for doctoral-level research, or on applications of state-of-the-art techniques to real world problems.
Master of Engineering (MEng)
The MEng is a professional, full-time, accelerated professional master's degree program. Students learn advanced techniques in IEOR and skills that prepare them to lead teams in developing new engineering solutions: skills in managing complex projects, motivating people, and directing financial and operational matters.
Master of Science (MS)
The MS is a full-time technical master's degree program. Students focus on both the theory of IEOR techniques and application of those techniques. The MS is a terminal degree, meaning that students enrolled in the MS program do not typically continue further into the IEOR PhD program. Participants in the program are self-funded; the Department of IEOR does not offer funding and students will not be eligible for ASE (academic student employment) appointments funded by the department.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The paramount requirement of a doctoral degree is the successful completion of a thesis on a subject within Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Research areas may include the investigation of the mathematical foundations of and computational methods for optimization or stochastic models, including risk analysis. Research also may be undertaken to develop methodologies for the design, planning, and/or control of systems in a variety of application domains, including supply chains, energy systems, healthcare systems, and financial systems.