Program Fees

The cost of the program is approximately $25,000 per semester, which comes to a total of $75,000, including tuition and campus fees, for the three-semester program.

In addition, students should expect to pay for books, health insurance*, housing, transportation, and other personal costs. The University’s Cost of Attendance estimates for graduate students in 2019-2020 are as follows:

  • Housing (Residence Hall Fee/On-Campus Apartment): $18,560 – $21,305/year
  • Food: $8,094
  • Books and Supplies: $634
  • Personal: $2,744
  • Transportation: $3,186

Additional University Fees for items like a Cal1 Card

*The University requires that all students have major medical insurance, and provides the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to meet this requirement. For complete information, please visit the SHIP Website.

  • All Master of Development Engineering students will be automatically enrolled in SHIP for the three academic terms of the degree program.
  • Students who have comparable insurance coverage may apply for a waiver from SHIP enrollment (and fees).  In order to waive SHIP, you must be enrolled in a medical health insurance plan that meets ALL of the waiver criteria guidelines of UC Berkeley for the entire SHIP term.  Please note that the waiver criteria may be updated throughout the year. You must meet the waiver criteria in place at the time of your waiver submission to be waived out of SHIP.

All fees are subject to change. The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

Financing Your Education

The responsibility of financing the Master of Development Engineering program usually rests primarily with the student. Therefore, we strongly suggest that applicants investigate all available financing options. We have gathered some information on funding sources on this page, although it is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to conduct their own research. International students should explore funding opportunities in their home countries.

Master of Development Engineering Admissions Fellowships

The Master of Development Engineering program offers a limited number of competitive partial fellowships. which are both need-based and merit-based. Decisions on merit-based partial fellowships will be based on excellence in academic and professional achievements. Need-based partial fellowships will consider the overall general admissions application and the financial aid information provided.  If awarded a department admissions fellowship, we will notify recipients by email before April 15. 

Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program

The Center for African Studies and the Mastercard Foundation support the MCF Scholars Program at UC Berkeley for Master’s degree students. Applicants must be citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country and are required to first apply to a graduate program before being considered for the scholarship. For more information, click here.

External Fellowships

Granting OrganizationEligibilityDeadline & Amount
Paul and Daisy Fellowship for New AmericansNew Americans, immigrants, or children of immigrants pursuing graduate degrees in the U.S. in any field of study (Master’s or PhD)October
Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. Each Fellow receives $25,000 in stipend support a year (all stipend awards are capped at $50,000 per year), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
The National GEM Consortium
MS Engineering Fellowship Program
MS; Under-represented minority; US Citizen/Permanent resident; apply to 3 GEM member universitiesNovember
$8,000 per year; tuitition/fees need to be paid by the university
2 paid summer internships
American Association of University Women (AAUW) International FellowshipMaster/PhD, Women, Non-US citizensNovember
$18,000 to $30,000
The George Moore Scholars programme – The Ireland FundsFrom Ireland, pursuing Masters: The George Moore Scholars programme is an all-Ireland scholarship programme which supports academically talented students who wish to undertake a Master’s degree in the USA. Students may apply for either research or taught Master’s degrees.December
Scholarship will cover the cost of higher education fees, research, travel, visa, health insurance and other living costs for successful applicants. Applicants will be required to provide a detailed annual budget with verifiable sources of cost estimates for each category of projected expenditure. 
P.E.O. International Peace ScholarshipNon US/Canada, An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.December – eligibility form due
April – complete application
Maximum scholarship amount for one year (12 months) of
study is $12,500, based upon need
California Institute for Energy and Environment Art Rosenfeld Award for Energy EfficiencyFocused on energy efficiency/sustainability; Masters/PhDMarch
GMiS Scholarship ProgramNational – Any graduating high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student, from a traditionally underserved or underrepresented group in science, technology, engineering, math or healthApril
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramResearch-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions, US citizen or permanent resident, STEM DiscplineAnnual $34,000; $12,000 cost of education stipend
Berkeley Graduate Division Dolores Zohrab Liebmann FellowshipMaster’s/PhD; Financial need; US citizen or permanent residentUp to $18,000 annual living stipend; tuition and fees
The Payne Fellowship Program – USAIDApplicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2022 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2022, or they can be college graduates.
Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
The award includes up to $22,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $16,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer placements (see below)

Federal Student Loans and Scholarships

If eligible, Master of Development Engineering students may qualify for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to help cover program costs.

Please consult these links for more information:

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Fellowships and Awards

While many awards listed are for students pursuing doctoral studies, we encourage applicants to review the list for potential eligible fellowships.


Academic Student Employment (ASE)

Master of Development Engineering students may apply for ASE appointments in any of the three semesters during which they are enrolled. ASE appointments may reduce some tuition fees up to the total cost of in-state tuition. Though incoming students are eligible to apply, these positions are competitive and the Master of Development Engineering program itself is demanding; students should consider carefully their ability to take on employment in addition to their coursework before committing to a position.

Please review the job descriptions available through UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division to determine what category best fits your needs and interests.

Master of Development Engineering students who are fully sponsored, meaning all fees are paid by a third party or outside agency, may choose to work as GSIs and/or Readers. However, if you are eligible for a fee remission from UC Berkeley, you will receive it only if your sponsoring agency reduces the sponsorship by that amount. Fee remissions will not be paid to the student as a refund if fees are being covered by an outside source.

Veterans Education Benefits

If you are eligible for VA benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch 33), Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch 31), Dependents Educational Assistance (Ch 35), or Montgomery GI Bill (Ch 30, 1606 or 1607), you may use them for the Master of Development Engineering program. However, this program is not eligible for the Cal Vet College Fee Waiver. Please see this information on initiating VA benefits at UC Berkeley, and contact the Veterans Benefits unit in the Office of the Registrar with any questions.

Fee Payment Plan

UC Berkeley’s Fee Payment Plan allows for qualified semester fees to be paid in five monthly installments. Interested applicants can read more here.

Aid for International Students

International students are encouraged to visit the Berkeley International Office Financial Aid page, and to take advantage of the resources it provides.