A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. If you are in your final year of studies and you expect to earn your degree by mid-August of the following year, you may apply. If you are admitted, you will be required to provide proof at that time that you have earned your bachelor's degree, usually in the form of a final official transcript.
If you attended an American university or a university that uses a similar 4.0 scale, a satisfactory scholastic average with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required. If you attended a university that does not use the 4.0 system, please do not try and convert your grades to our system - leave that section blank on your application.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation uploaded as PDFs through the link provided in the online application. Your letters could include details about your goals, research accomplishments, technical and leadership skills, academic work, etc. We suggest to give your recommenders at least a few weeks to write your letters.
The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We do not have minimum or cutoff GRE test scores. Please see the Admission Requirements page for more information.
If you received or are a candidate to receive a degree from an institution outside the United States, please see Minimum Degree Requirements for International Applicants and Evidence of English Language Proficiency.
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.
GRE Scores - All three sections of the GRE are required. Take the exam by November. GRE scores will remain valid for up to five years. Send your scores electronically to Institution Code 4833.
Proof of English Proficiency -If your previous degree is from a university in a non-English speaking country, then you need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam by November. TOEFL scores will remain valid for up to two years. Send your scores electronically to Institution Code 4833.
Statement of Purpose - Why are you applying for this program? What will you do during this degree program? What do you want to do after and how will this help you?
Personal History Statement - What from your past made you decide to go into this field? And how will your personal history help you succeed in this program and your future goals?
3 Letters of Recommendation - Your letters could include details about your goals, research accomplishments, technical and leadership skills, academic work, etc. We suggest to give your recommenders at least a few weeks to write your letters and upload them as PDFs through the link (provided from your online application).
Unofficial Transcripts - Please do not mail transcripts. Simply upload unofficial transcripts as PDFs through the online application. Transcripts not in English or Spanish must be translated prior to uploading to the application.
GPA - If you attended a university outside of the USA, please leave the GPA section blank.
Resume -Please also include a full resume/CV listing your experience and education.
Complete the online application.
Start your application and fill in each relevant page.
Upload the materials above, and send the recommender links several weeks prior to the application deadline to give your recommenders time to submit their letters by December 15th.
Enter your exam scores into the application. It is fine for us to receive your official scores electronically after the deadline as long as we have your scores in the application.
Pay the application fee (waivers available).
Submit your online application before the deadline of December 15, 2017, 8:59pm Pacific time.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) offers two graduate programs in Computer Science: the Master of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Master of Science (MS)
The Master of Science (MS) emphasizes research preparation and experience and, for most students, is a chance to lay the groundwork for pursuing a PhD.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Berkeley PhD in EECS combines coursework and original research with some of the finest EECS faculty in the US preparing for careers in academia or industry. Our alumni have gone on to hold amazing positions around the world.