Applying to the MEng

    6-1, 6-2, 6-3, and 6-7 Undergraduate students in their third or fourth year are welcome to apply to the MEng program. Before applying, students should have accumulated at least 96 units in the major, including 24 units of upper-level (header, II, or AUS) subjects. Applicants should have completed at least one undergraduate research experience. The majority of accepted students have a technical GPA (the GPA in Courses 6, 8, and 18) of at least 4.25 and an overall GPA of at least 4.0. However, we encourage all interested students to apply; in some cases, substantial research experience can compensate for a lower GPA.

    The MEng application is available here. It opens on drop date each semester and closes on the last day of classes.

    After Being Accepted

    Once decisions have been made (typically within 6-8 weeks after the deadline), all applicants will receive an email from the Undergraduate Office. Students who have been accepted will be asked to give a tentative start-date for their MEng. This start date is non-binding. You may choose to start right away or you may defer MEng entry up to two years after your finish your undergraduate degree.

    Before beginning their MEng, students must decide when they want to officially become graduate students, which we refer to as holding “grad status”. In the last regular semester of their MEng students must hold grad status, but many students choose to hold grad status earlier. There are a few reasons you might choose to do this:

    • If you’ve already completed your undergraduate degree, you must hold grad status; otherwise you’re not a registered student.
    • If you want to be funded by a TAship or an RAship. Only graduate students are eligible for these forms of funding.
    • If you want access to graduate housing.

    In some cases, students may choose to hold both grad status and undergraduate status (for example, a student who has not completed their SB degree, but wants to hold an RAship). In those cases, the graduate student status supersedes an undergraduate status in the vast majority of places, including financial aid. In some cases, eligibility for undergraduate housing is also affected; you should check with your specific residence. Typically you may remain in undergraduate housing for up to eight terms, so if you take grad or dual status you may stay in undergrad housing with special permission from Housing (refer to Housing for details).

    Before holding grad status, a students must have at least 180 units beyond the GIRs with all but one or two of the GIRs completed. Graduate students and undergraduate students are different categories of students; students are not allowed to alternate between statuses, but can hold both statuses at once. If you are unsure when to declare grad status, the EECS Undergraduate Office will be able to advise you.