Master's Degree

Available Master's Degree Programs

There are three options for master's degrees in Biological Systems Engineering within the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering: Master of Science (M.S.) Plan I - Thesis Option,  Master of Science (M.S.) Plan II - Comprehensive Exam Option and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Systems Engineering Plan I - Thesis Option

The Plan I M.S. is designed for people who wish to further their fundamental knowledge of engineering. This plan emphasizes the science and research features of engineering. The work students complete in this plan will culminate in a research based thesis that is reviewed by a thesis committee.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Systems Engineering Plan II - Comprehensive Exam Option

Plan II is designed for those who want to strengthen their preparation either for the job marked for for further professional education. This option is well suited to highly qualified students who plan to pursue further graduate education and reduce overall time to graduate degree. However, without the research based thesis, funding your master's degree as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) is rare. Plan II students are still eligible for a limited number of TA positions within and outside the department. Additionally, this plan will culminate in an Oral Comprehensive Examination given before three faculty members.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

This program emphasizes design, analysis, economics, management, and labor. It prepares students with training useful for professional engineers. Work will culminate in a written report based on a project as well as an oral comprehensive exam before a committee of three faculty members.

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Admission Requirements

  • Priority application is January 15th for full consideration including fellowships
  • 3.0 GPA (3.25+ recommended) by end of junior year
  • GRE Completion (Students with 3.5+ GPA will not be required to take the GRE, though it is recommended)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Identify and meet with a Graduate advisor
  • International applicants need to take the TOFEL

Applications Deadline

Priority: Jan 15, 2019
General: Apr 1, 2019
Space Available: Jun 1, 2019
Prospective Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2019

Course Requirements

Per UC regulations, students cannot enroll in more than 12 units of graduate level courses (200) or more than 16 units of combined undergraduate and graduate level (100, 200, 300) courses per quarter. Click here to see a detailed list of the course requirements.

Thesis and Comprehensive Examination Requirements

Please click here for more information about the thesis or comprehensive examination.