Systems Overview

Prerequisites

  • 1.5 years college-level calculus
  • 1 year college-level physics (e.g., Physcis 7A & B)
  • 1 semester probability and statistics 
  • 1 semester elementary linear algebra
  • A GPA, after the first 2 years, of at least 3.25
To see Berkeley course descriptions, visit the Guide; to go directly to CE courses, click here.

Degrees  

Masters of Science:

The program requires the student to take four out of six Systems graduate courses:

  • CE 263N: Spatiotemporal Data Analytics
  • CE 264: Behavioral Modeling
  • CE 271: Sensors and Signal Interpretation
  • CE 290I: Control and Information Management
  • CE C291F: Control and Optimization of Distributed Parameters Systems
  • CE 295: Energy Systems and Control

The other four courses to fulfill the MS requirement are chosen by the student with the approval of their faculty advisor. These courses must realize a definable intellectual goal.

  • MS: Plan I

    • 20 units
    • Thesis required with at least one advisor from the Systems faculty.
    • Four out of seven of the above Systems graduate courses.
  • MS: Plan II

    • 24 units
    • A capstone project, which is the final project of any of the seven Systems graduate courses.
  • Master of Engineering (MEng)

    • 24 units
    • Core Leadership classes: E 271, E 272
    • An integrative capstone project, E 296 MA/MB
    • 12 units technical courses from CE 263N, CE 264, CE 271, CE 290I, CE C291F, CE 295
    • See Fung Institute for more information.

PhD

  • A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution or a recognized equivalent is required.  If you hold only a bachelor's degree, you must earn the master's degree while progressing towards the Ph.D.  A demonstrated superior level of academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA) in your graduate studies and support of a faculty research adviser are required to continue in the program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and above 3.0 in the minor fields.
  • Each PhD student must have a graduate advisor to provide general academic guidance and to help with administrative matters, and a research advisor to supervise the student's dissertation research and to assist in identifying funding paths.
  • At least 17 units (excluding research) in major, 3 of which may be upper-division courses.
  • Four out of seven Systems graduate courses:
    • CE 229: Structural and System Reliability
    • CE 263N: Spatiotemporal Data Analytics
    • CE 264: Behavioral Modeling
    • CE 271: Sensors and Signal Interpretation
    • CE 290I: Control and Information Management
    • CE C291F: Control and Optimization of Distributed Parameters Systems
    • CE 295: Energy Systems and Control
  • Two minor fields where only one can be in CEE.
  • Serving as a Graduate Student Instructor for an approved course or the equivalent.
  • Each minor is a group of three upper-division and graduate courses.
  • Completion of the preliminary examination, which requires the research and presentation of answer to a provided question. Examination committee is made up of three members of the Systems program, one of which is the thesis advisor.
  • Passage of a 3-hour oral qualifying examination administrated by five faculty members, with each minor subject represented by a non-systems faculty member. The thesis advisor may be a member of the committee, but not its chair.
  • Completion of a dissertation approved by a dissertation committee of at least 3 faculty members, with one from outside CEE.
  • Two-hour dissertation defense made before the Systems faculty.