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Graduate Admissions

Fall 2019 Application Deadlines:


DECEMBER 3, 2018
M.S./ M.P.P.
DECEMBER 17, 2018
Ph.D. Program
JANUARY 7, 2019
M.Eng. Program



Admission to the graduate program in nuclear engineering is available to qualified individuals who have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution in one of the fields of engineering or the physical sciences.  For all programs, required preparation in undergraduate coursework includes mathematics through partial differential equations and advanced analysis, nuclear reactions, and thermodynamics.

Admission is granted on the basis of undergraduate and graduate records (if any), statements, work experience and professional activities, letters of recommendation, and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable.

Applicants may only apply to one single degree program or one concurrent degree program per admission cycle.  Any applicant who was previously registered at Berkeley as a graduate student, no matter how briefly, must apply for readmission, not admission, even if the new application is to a different program.

Reactivation: If you submitted an application within the past two years, but did not register, you will need to re-apply. Your previous application file will remain in the department you applied to for two years.  If you are applying to the same program they will have your file; if you are applying to a different program you will need to arrange the transfer of your documents from the original program to the program you want to apply to now. You will be required to create and submit a new application, pay the application fee and submit updated transcripts reflecting any academic work completed since last time you applied. You may also wish to discuss ways of improving your application with the department to which you are applying (contact information is available at, and (based on such a discussion) to submit new GRE scores, letters of recommendation, or a new statement of purpose.

If you have any questions about admissions procedures, please contact Kirsten Wimple Hall at or 510-642-5760.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. A minimum grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Official GRE Scores;
  4. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (if you have a basic degree from a country where English is not the official language)
  5. Enough undergraduate and/ or professional training to do graduate work in the given field.


Minimum Requirements for Admission

Online Application for Admission: Only applicants who complete the required sections of the online application will be considered for admission into the program. You must submit a non-refundable application fee when you apply. If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $105; for all others, the fee is $125.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents who can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply for a waiver of the application fee. See guidelines for waivers.

Official Transcripts:

U.S. Transcripts:  Upload unofficial transcripts with the application for the departmental initial review. Official transcripts of all college-level work will be required if admitted. Applicants are required to submit official copies of all academic records. 

International Transcripts: Upload unofficial transcripts with the application for the departmental initial review. Official transcripts or academic records for all university-level studies you have completed, at U.S. institutions and abroad will be required if admitted. If your academic records do not include official evidence of the award of your degree, you must also submit additional documents that verify the degree conferral.  Academic records should be issued in the original language and accompanied by English translations if required (usually prepared by your university or government agency, unless the institution issues original documents in English).  Specially prepared English versions are not acceptable in lieu of the records in the original language.

Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation using the online application for admission.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: To send an official score to Berkeley, list the institution code assigned by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for Berkeley, 4833. Domestic candidates from families with extremely low incomes may qualify for a waiver of GRE test fees. Consult your undergraduate financial aid office to determine whether your institution participates in the GRE Fee Waiver Program and whether you qualify.

Evidence of English Language Proficiency: 

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East,  Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.

TOEFL: For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based test (IBT).

IELTS: Your most recent overall Band score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale.

Additional information is located on the Graduate Division Website.

Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement:

The Statement of Purpose is a short essay that is used to assess the knowledge, experience, motivation, intellectual maturity, and readiness of applicants to pursue graduate education at Berkeley.  Applicants should limit this statement to a maximum of 2 pages (single or double spaced), and it should include the following:

  • Why you are interested in pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering;
  • What area of nuclear engineering interests you the most (include names of one or two faculty whose research you are interested in);
  • Any previous research and academic experience that prepared/is preparing you to undertake this research;
  • Your graduate school and career goals;
  • How Berkeley in general and Nuclear Engineering in particular are going to help you achieve those goals;
  • What aspects you bring to the department.

The Personal History Statement is an opportunity for the review committee to learn about the unique qualities and perspectives you’ll bring to the program. This statement can include any personal reasons why you are deciding to study nuclear engineering, or situations that have influenced you to study nuclear engineering.  Applicants who can contribute to the overall diversity of the department or University, have overcome hardships or any barriers to higher education may also include this information. Some applicants may also choose to use this section to explain low grades, test scores, or anything in the application that they think may require an explication.  Applicants should limit this statement to 1 page (single or double spaced).