Shaping leadership in global problem solving
The Master of Development Engineering is UC Berkeley’s first professional degree committed to solving complex global challenges across the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.
The three-semester master’s program is interdisciplinary. It integrates engineering, economics, business, natural resource development, and social sciences to develop, implement, and evaluate technological interventions that address the needs of low-income communities around the world.
The program is offered by UC Berkeley’s Graduate Group in Development Engineering, a 30-member faculty coalition who hail from over a dozen schools and departments, including the College of Engineering (ranked third nationally and seventh globally), the Rausser College of Natural Resources (ranked first nationally for environment and ecology studies), the School of Information, the School of Public Health (ranked ninth nationally), the Haas School of Business, (ranked seventh nationally), and the College of Environmental Design, among others. UC Berkeley is ranked first first globally among public universities and fourth-best overall among publics and privates.
The Master of Development Engineering is headquartered at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, home to the Development Engineering PhD program, the undergraduate Global Poverty & Practice program, and the Big Ideas Contest, the University of California’s social entrepreneurship catalyst. The Blum Center is directed by the College of Engineering’s dean emeritus, Professor Shankar Sastry, with award-winning Professors Alice Agogino, Dan Fletcher, and Matthew Potts. Master of Development Engineering students will call Blum Hall home and have access to courses, faculty, and programs across campus.