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Overview

Designed as a professional master’s degree, the new UCLA Master of Engineering (MEng) program is uniquely positioned to help students develop technical mastery in emerging research areas, learning business and technology management skills while creating real-world projects with industry input.

The program has the approvals and support of our industry partners, and upholds UCLA Samueli School of Engineering’s high academic standards, with world-renowned groundbreaking research capabilities and faculty expertise in various fields. 

Areas of study feature six cutting-edge interdisciplinary concentrations at the forefront of technology innovation that are of deep interest to both students and industry. Additional areas may be added in the future to meet student and industry demands.

  • Artificial Intelligence: Dir. Guy Van den Broeck
  • Autonomous Systems: Dir. T.C. Tsao
  • Data Science: Dir. John Cho
  • Digital Health Technology: Dir. Eleazar Eskin
  • Green Energy Systems: Dir. Bruce Dunn
  • Translational Medicine: Dir. Song Li

The program requires students to be on campus for one full calendar year — fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. We have consulted with UCLA Dashew Center to ensure international students interested in this program will qualify for the F-1 visa.

To obtain the degree, students must complete all nine courses (36 units of graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses) in or related to the major subject area. Students will take two technical courses and one engineering professional development course in fall (12 units), two technical courses in winter (eight units), one technical and one engineering professional development course in spring (eight units) and one engineering professional development and one capstone project course in summer (eight units).

 

Courses

Core Technology Concentration (20 units)

Five courses (four must be graduate level) are required for each interdisciplinary area. Students will take courses with other engineering students from several departments (mixed enrollment). Please visit the webpage for the area of study you are considering to see the sample curriculum.

We will be adding full course lists to each area of study as they become available.

 

Engineering Professional Development Electives (12 units).

Three graduate-level courses include:

  • E111 Introduction to Finance and Marketing for Engineers
  • E113 Product Strategy
  • E188 Special Courses in Engineering
  • E201 Technical Project Management
  • E214 Management Communication
  • E215 Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • E2xx Leadership and Innovation (currently under review)

 

Capstone Project (4 units).

All students must enroll and complete a capstone project (E299) that synthesizes and integrates the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the master’s program. The capstone project is led by a faculty adviser and may include industry sponsors. No thesis is needed for this program.

  • Project topics will be selected by the course instructor based on current trends in each technology concentration and on industry inputs.
  • Teams of 3-4 students will work together in groups and will conduct hands-on analysis, design, fabrication and testing, as appropriate.
  • Each team will turn in a project report and make a group presentation to the faculty capstone committee and the entire class.