Program Fees

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.


Per Cohort: Program Tuition & Fees are as follows for the following Academic Years:

2023-2024: $25,750 Per Semester  $77,250 Total Cohort Program Fees
2024-2025: $25,750 Per Semester  $77,250 Total Cohort Program Fees
2025-2026: $26,523 Per Semester  $79,568 Total Cohort Program Fees

In addition, students should expect to pay for books, health insurance*, housing, transportation, and other personal cost

* 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.
Below is an estimate cost per year for MDevEng graduate student based on University’s Cost of Attendance estimates for graduate students in 2023-2024:

MDevEng Graduate Student Budget Estimate

Cohort Academic Year 2023-2024

Tuition & Fees (Only 2 semesters: Fall 2023 & Spring 2024) (Fall 2024: $25,750 will be invoiced in academic year 2023-2024 and following years based on the per semester tuition for that cohort)


SHIP (Student Health Insurance)


Instructional Resilience and Enhancement Fee (IREF)


Total Direct Cost


Estimated Other Personal Costs

Living Expenses




Books & Supplies


Miscellaneous and Personal




Total Estimated Personal Costs


Additional University Fees for items such as a Cal1 Card

Academic Years 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 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 MDevEng 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.

MDevEng Admissions Fellowships

The MDevEng program offers a limited number of competitive admissions department fellowships, which are both need-based and merit-based. Decisions are based on overall strength of required materials submitted with the general admissions application and no separate application is needed. If awarded a department admissions fellowship, we will notify recipients by email. The department fellowship will be applied to tuition and fees across the three semesters of the program.


Accepted MDevEng students from Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible to apply for Maters Degree Scholarships from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley. For more information about the program and the application process, please review the information from the program website.

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)
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, MDevEng 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)

MDevEng 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 MdevEng 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.


MDevEng 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 only receive it 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 MDevEng 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.