The minimum requirement for admission to the Master’s Degree program is completion of a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at a fully accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or foreign equivalent. Because the program is fundamentally interdisciplinary, there are no other formal requirements for consideration, although, as discussed above, successful candidates will demonstrate academic and intellectual excellence. Please review the UC Berkeley Graduate Division minimum requirements for admission as a graduate student at http://grad.berkeley.edu/.
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.
The Energy and Resources Group seeks students who have excelled academically, whatever their discipline; who show promise of ability to cross disciplinary boundaries; and who want not only to understand problems of energy, resources, and environment but to help solve them.
ERG deliberately admits students with a wide variety of interests, perspectives, disciplines, research methods, and experience so that each can help the others see the whole picture.
Admission to ERG is highly competitive, with a class of 20 students selected annually from approximately 350 applicants.
Those admitted to the program have strong academic records and letters of recommendation, balanced and strong GRE scores, and, where applicable, related work experience and publications. The statement of purpose, supplemented by the personal history statement, is vital in demonstrating an applicant’s commitment to the program.
You may apply to the two-year Master’s Degree (M.S. or M.A.), ERG/Public Policy Concurrent Master’s Degree (M.S. or M.A.) or the Ph.D. program.
A two-year Master’s Degree and a strong interdisciplinary background is required for application directly to the Ph.D. If you plan to start in the Master’s Degree progam and hope to continue to the ERG Ph.D. program, you should indicate your interest by checking the Master’s applications Master’s/Ph.D. checkbox. If you are not sure about your future Ph.D. plans, you will have an opportunity to revisit this question during the Master’s Program.
The online application for admission Fall 2018 will be available on September 5, 2017 . The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017 by 8:59 pm PST.
Admissions decisions will be announced in Spring 2018. ERG admits students only in the Fall term. You can learn more about the graduate programs at UC Berkeley and access the application on the Graduate Division website here.
TOEFL, IELTS and GRE: Late test scores submitted after Dec. 1, 2017 will not be accepted. However, we will accept self-reported scores until the final score report can be verified. Please self-report your unofficial score results on your application by the Dec.1 deadline.
Transcripts: Please upload your transcripts to your application as pdf files. UC Berkeley does not require official transcripts until you are admitted.
Grades for Courses in Progress : please list on your application all relevant courses you are taking in the fall term and forward your final transcript to email@example.com as soon as it becomes available. ERG will post late transcripts from Fall 2016 to your file for you.
Letters of Recommendation: Letters should be submitted by your recommender by Friday Dec. 1, 2017. They will receive an email link to upload their letter directly to the online system. Letters of recommendation may not be uploaded or submitted by the applicant.
Late Letters of Recommendation: Late letters will be accepted until Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (Public Policy Concurrent Degrees will not accept late letters). If a letter writer has an exceptional situation that would prevent them from meeting the extended deadline or uploading their letter to the online system, please ask them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The graduate courses in ERG provide advanced training in interdisciplinary analysis and research. Individual courses review current developments in the field or emphasize particular disciplinary perspectives: economics, resources, politics, public policy, or environmental sciences.
Master’s Degrees in Energy and Resources
The purpose of the ERG Master’s program is to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders. Students are taught the range of methods and subjects they should be able to understand, advance, and critique to address critical issues stemming from the interaction of humans and the environment. To that end, the requirements for the ERG master’s degree are both broad and deep, stressing analytic, methodological, theoretical, and practical approaches to problems in energy, resources, and the environment.
The course requirements provide for a substantive introduction to the disciplinary approaches that are employed in studying energy and resource issues. The requirements also ensure experience in interdisciplinary analysis applied to a key resource concern. The curriculum provides an opportunity—through a topical cluster and an independent project—to extend and deepen the areas of investigation and understanding to satisfy the intellectual interests of each student.
The curriculum is intended to serve those students for whom the master’s degree will be the final formal education in support of a professional career and also those students who intend to continue their education, for example by pursuing a PhD in Energy and Resources.
A small number of highly qualified applicants will be selected for the Master’s/PhD Track. The track is both an indication of your intent to continue to the PhD program at ERG, and ERG’s expectation that you will to be qualified to continue to doctoral work after satisfying the master’s degree requirements. It does not obligate you, or ERG, to your eventual matriculation to the PhD. Candidates admitted into the joint Master’s/PhD track will be expected to complete all the requirements of the ERG Master’s Degree before continuing.
ERG Concurrent Degree Programs (MPP/MA or MMP/MS)
The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) offer a MPP-ERG (MA or MS) concurrent degree program that integrates the strengths of public policy analytical tools with the interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise in energy and resources. Students complete both programs in three years and receive a master’s of public policy (MPP) as well as a master’s degree in Energy and Resources (MA or MS).
Matriculation from the Master’s to the PhD
Students who begin on the Master’s/ PhD Track, as well as those who are admitted to the two-year master’s degree program, will have an opportunity to declare their interest in continuing to the PhD during the third semester of the two-year master’s program.
To officially matriculate into the PhD program, all master’s degree students must meet the following criteria: 1) they must meet all the requirements of the master’s degree program and 2) they must have a letter from one ladder-rank faculty member in the ERG core or affiliate pool that indicates a commitment to serve as the student’s PhD adviser and an assessment of the types of projects the student could work on during PhD studies. If the student does not meet these criteria he or she will be given the opportunity to finish any additional course work, if necessary, to complete the requirements of the master’s degree, but will not matriculate to the PhD program.
PhD in Energy and Resources
The admission requirement for the PhD is that the totality of the student’s coursework after the bachelor’s degree, including courses taken at other universities and inside and outside of ERG at Berkeley, must meet the substantive and unit requirements for the ERG MA or MS degree.
There is no formal language requirement for the PhD degree. However, those students conducting research in a non-English speaking country must demonstrate competency in the language of the country.
After the doctoral student and his or her advisers have agreed on a subject for the dissertation, the student must defend in a three-hour oral examination the suitability of the topic and his/her preparation for attacking it. This exam, called the qualifying examination, is conducted by a committee of four faculty members chosen by the student, in consultation with his/her faculty adviser and subject to the approval of the graduate dean.
This examination should be taken at least one year before the expected completion of the dissertation. The final requirement for the PhD is completion of the dissertation to the satisfaction of a committee consisting of three faculty advisers/readers chosen by the student, subject to approval by the graduate dean. The PhD degree in Energy and Resources is typically completed three to five years beyond the master’s degree.