Students in classroom in Jacobs Hall

The design labs in Jacobs Hall will play a key role in the new Master of Design degree program. (Photo by Tim Griffith)

New master's degree programs

Because today’s most pressing societal challenges cut across disciplinary boundaries, Berkeley Engineering is joining forces with the College of Environmental Design and the Haas School of Business to launch two new master’s degrees in the fall of 2020.

The new Master of Design program is an innovative advanced degree that will be offered jointly by Berkeley Engineering and the College of Environmental Design. The three-semester program will focus on training students in design for emerging technologies. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation will play a key role in developing and delivering the core curriculum.

“This new degree program will educate designers with a deep understanding of the foundations of emerging technologies as well as their social implications, a perspective urgently needed today,” said Björn Hartmann, faculty director of the Jacobs Institute and associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences.

With the Haas School of Business, Berkeley Engineering is offering a concurrent MEng/MBA degree program, which will allow students with sufficient undergraduate technical training to earn both degrees in just two years.

“This concurrent degree program is aligned with our college’s mission to train graduate students who not only have expertise in their respective engineering subfields,” said Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu, “but who also have the skills to succeed as entrepreneurs and as leaders in industries where technological innovation offers a key competitive advantage.”

Both programs will begin accepting applications in the fall of 2019 for the inaugural 2020 cohorts.

Photo Tim Griffith

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