The MDevEng tuition and fees are charged per semester. The total cohort program fees are for three semesters. The per semester Tuition and fees includes the program fee, campus fee, document fee, and class pass. The per semester tuition and fees does not include SHIP (Student Health insurance Fee). SHIP may be waived with proof of personal health insurance with comparable coverage of better. For complete SHIP information, please visit the SHIP Website.
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:
* 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.
MDevEng Graduate Student Budget Estimate
Cohort Academic Year 2022-2023
Tuition & Fees (Only 2 semesters: Fall 2022 & Spring 2023) (Fall 2023: $25,000 will be invoiced in academic year 2023-204)
SHIP (Student Health Insurance
Total Direct Cost
Estimated Other Personal Costs
Room & Board
Books & Supplies
Total Estimated Personal Costs
Additional University Fees for items like a Cal1 Card
Academic Year 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.
- 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.
Students are responsible for financing their MDevEng degree program. 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.
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 Admission 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 form provided in the application. Notification on receiving admission fellowship will be sent by email. Depending on funding availability, we thrive to send all notification by 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.
|Granting Organization||Eligibility||Deadline & Amount|
|Paul and Daisy Fellowship for New Americans||New 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 universities||November|
$8,000 per year; tuitition/fees need to be paid by the university
2 paid summer internships
|American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship||Master/PhD, Women, Non-US citizens||November|
$18,000 to $30,000
|The George Moore Scholars programme – The Ireland Funds||From 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 Scholarship||Non 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 Efficiency||Focused on energy efficiency/sustainability; Masters/PhD||March|
|GMiS Scholarship Program||National – Any graduating high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student, from a traditionally underserved or underrepresented group in science, technology, engineering, math or health||April|
|NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program||Research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions, US citizen or permanent resident, STEM Discpline||Annual $34,000; $12,000 cost of education stipend|
|Berkeley Graduate Division Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship||Master’s/PhD; Financial need; US citizen or permanent resident||Up to $18,000 annual living stipend; tuition and fees|
|The Payne Fellowship Program – USAID||Applicants 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)|
|Native American Scholarship|
Native Forward Scholars Fund offers more than 30 scholarships and fellowships that fund graduate, and professional degree-seeking students. Please review each page for full program information, eligibility, and application requirements.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate Tribal affiliation through a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC). Each opportunity has specific Tribal eligibility requirements; please review the criteria to ensure eligibility.
TECs are due by July 15 each academic year and those applying for more than one opportunity only have to submit one TEC to Native Forward Scholars Fund.
Applications open in January each year with deadlines varying by opportunity.
Native Forward awards are allocated based on the financial aid information provided by the institution’s Financial Aid Office. Awards can vary, ranging from $100 to $30,000 per academic year.
|Quad Fellowship by Schmidt Futures|
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application, be citizens or legal permanent residents of Australia, India, Japan, or the United States, have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a STEM field by August 2023, have a demonstrated record of superior academic achievement at the undergraduate level. If applicants are currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in the United States, they may apply if they will be enrolled in a qualified academic program during their time as a Fellow (i.e., August 2023 – May 2024)
|Each Quad Fellow will receive a one-time award of $50,000 which can be used for tuition, research, fees, books, room and board, and related academic expenses (e.g., registration fees, research-related travel). All Quad Fellows are eligible to apply for separate demonstrated needs-based funding of up to $25,000 to cover costs related to completing graduate-level studies.|
|Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund – JP Morgan|
Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). Fellowships are restricted to graduate students who are United States citizens attending an accredited and designated institution of higher education within the United States.
Fellowships cover the cost of tuition and provide an annual $18,000 stipend for living expenses. Fellowship applications are distributed to designated universities in October, applications are due in January and notifications are sent by mid-June.
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.