Master of Engineering (MEng)
Frequently asked questions about our MEng program appear here.
Enrollment & Admissions
Q: When can I enroll and how soon will I know I have been accepted?
A: Enrollment is now open for the inaugural cohort of Fall 2021. We are currently accepting applications until Feb. 1, 2021 with school notifications by Mar. 31, 2021. While MEng may send a courtesy email with a recommendation of admission, only official notification from the dean of the UCLA Graduate Division constitutes approval of admission.
Q: How does the admissions process work at UCLA?
A: An applicant submits the online Application for Graduate Admission with the nonrefundable application fee ($120 [for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents] or $140 [for all other applicants]). The applicant uploads transcripts, supplemental information, department-specific material (such as a portfolio), statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. The applicant’s information then becomes available online to the graduate program. View General FAQs from the Graduate Division.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: The program is open to all qualified applicants, including early career professionals. Please check the admissions requirements for details. Prior work experience in the area of study is not mandatory.
Q: What requirements are needed for admission?
A: Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry (or its approved equivalent) from an ABET accredited institution (if you are uncertain, use the link to locate your institution). Applicants must attain an undergraduate record that satisfies the standards established by the UCLA Graduate Division.
Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program for the 2021-2022 academic year are not required to take the GRE or submit a GRE score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. Applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include the scores. The GRE exception will be reviewed for the cohort beginning Fall 2022.
Those whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Additionally, each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, two of which must be academic references. Applicants who have graduated three or more years from their undergraduate studies can submit professional references in lieu of academic references. All other application requirements are specified in the graduate application.
Q: What can I do to improve my chances of admission?
A: Please check the admissions criteria to make sure you meet the requirements.
Q: How many students will be accepted to the program each year?
A: In our inaugural year (beginning Fall 2021) there will be a total of 50 students for the first cohort across all six areas of study. The program will then increase to 100 students for Fall 2022, 150 students for Fall 2023, and 200 students for Fall 2024. We will then maintain an ongoing enrollment of 200 students per academic year.
Q: Is this a recurring program? Would current juniors have the option of applying to this program for Fall 2022?
Q: How long does the degree take to complete? Do we have to start the program in Fall 2021, or can we start in another quarter?
Q: Why is the school requiring in-person attendance for this program with so much COVID-19 uncertainty?
Q: Is it possible to complete the program while employed full time or concurrently with part-time work?
Q: What is the cost of the program? Is financial assistance available?
A: The program’s tuition is $50,400, plus quarterly fees charged by the campus for all students. Financial support will be available to qualified underrepresented students. Please inquire with us via email to explore your options.
Q: Will there be an opportunity to lower the cost of tuition if I become a Teaching Assistant (TA)?
A: The MEng program combines curriculum from several departments. Since TA hiring is at the discretion of individual Samueli departments, current TA status may be viewed favorably for admissions, but a reduction in tuition may not be guaranteed. Please inquire via email to confirm your options.
Q: Can students who have been approved for the Exceptional Student Admissions Program (ESAP) gain automatic admission into the new program?
A: ESAP students who choose to apply to the MEng program are automatically admitted.
Areas of Study & Coursework
Q: What areas of study are offered?
Q: What are the components of the program and how much technical coursework is covered?
Q: What requirements must be met to earn the degree?
Q: What does the capstone project entail? Is there a thesis requirement?
Q: Will the capstone project be in the area of study we sign up for?
Q: When will the course list become available?
A: We are adding Year-One Curriculum options to the website for each area of study as they become available. Once we complete the admissions process, we will share the course list prior to the start of the quarter.
Q: Why is civil and environmental engineering not offered as an area of focus?
Q: Would a background in mechanical engineering be a good fit for this program?
A: Our six areas of study involve interdisciplinary technology concentration drawing faculty expertise from multiple departments. For those interested in mechanical engineering, autonomous systems and green energy systems may be of particular interest.
Q: Will classes be offered with a Pass/No Pass option, or must they be taken for a letter grade?
Q: How is this degree different from the existing Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering degree?
Q: If I pursue this degree with a focus on Data Science, how is it different from similar master’s programs at UCLA?
Q: How does this program compare to other master's programs with a focus in Translational Medicine?
Q: How is this program different from an MBA with technical breadth?
Q: How is this program different from an engineering undergraduate program with a capstone project?
Q: Can I major in this degree along with my current master’s degree? Can I switch from my current master’s degree to this one entirely?
Q: Will employers view a single-year degree with the same weight as a two-year degree?
A: A traditional M.S. degree can also be completed in one year, similar to the MEng. The length of the program should not be an issue for employers.
Q: Can international students apply to the program and if so, is it valid for the OPT visa?
A: Yes, international students are welcome to apply. By the time you finish the program, you will have remained on the UCLA campus for three consecutive quarters, thus meeting the criteria for OPT. More information can be obtained on the Dashew Center website.
Q: Because of COVID-19 challenges, if an admitted international student cannot get a visa to come to the U.S., will it be possible to defer enrollment for the following year?
A: Yes, if an international student is unable to secure a visa due to COVID-19 restrictions, the student can defer enrollment to the following academic year. Information about COVID-19 is regularly updated on the Dashew Center website.