Master of Engineering (MEng)

Frequently asked questions about our MEng program appear here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the degree take to complete?

A: The degree is meant to be completed in one calendar year (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer).

Q: What are the components of the program?

A: The program will offer an interdisciplinary technological concentration (20 units), a substantial engineering professional development component (12 units) and a capstone project (4 units).

Q: What areas of study are offered?

A: The Master in Engineering (MEng) degree is currently offered in the following areas of study: autonomous systems, data science, digital health technology, artificial intelligence, translational medicine and green energy systems.

Q: How is this degree different from the existing Master of Science (MS) in Engineering degree?

A: Our existing MS degree is modeled on our PhD program, providing technical and research depth, but no management, financial or business training. The traditional master’s program is intended for students who wish to pursue technical or research-oriented career paths. The new MEng program is designed for those interested in a management role in tech industries, with a balanced focus on technical knowledge and business management.

Q: What requirements must be met to earn the degree?

A: Students must complete 36 quarter units of graduate and upper division undergraduate courses in or related to the major’s subject area.

Q: What are admissions requirements?

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. 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. The applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores.

The 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.

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: The program is open to all applicants, including early career professionals. Prior work experience in the area of study is not mandatory.

Q: How many students will be accepted?

A: The program will enroll a cohort of 50 students for Fall 2021, 100 students for Fall 2022, 150 students for Fall 2023, and 200 students for Fall 2024.

Q: Why is Civil & Environmental Engineering not offered as an area of focus?

A: As the program becomes established, additional areas of focus will be incorporated.

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?

A: No, this is a different track and cannot be completed simultaneously. If a student wants to switch to the professional degree from the traditional master’s program, or vice versa, s/he has to take all required courses designed for each track and will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Q: When can I enroll?

A: Application will begin in Fall 2020 with a deadline in December 2020. Due to COVID-19 uncertainties, this deadline may be extended to February 2021.

Q: Will the program be offered on-campus or online?

A: The program will be delivered entirely on-campus with face-to-face instruction. It will be a mixed enrollment with on-campus students for most of the technical courses.

Q: What is the cost of the program? Is financial aid available to students?

A: The program’s tuition and fees are $50,400, plus quarterly fees charged by the campus for all students. Financial support will be available to qualified underrepresented students.

Q: Will classes be offered with a Pass/No Pass option, or must they be taken for a letter grade?

A: This will be a letter-grade only program.

Q: Do you plan to hire faculty from notable industry companies?

A: Industry leaders will be involved in the capstone project, a key part of the program’s requirement.

Q: What does the capstone project entail? Is there a thesis requirement?

A: There is no requirement for a thesis but students are expected to successfully complete a capstone project, which will involve students working in teams to conduct hands-on design, analysis, fabrication and/or testing. At the end of the quarter, students will turn in a report about the project and give a presentation describing their work.