Grad School Hub's first-place master's program in Engineering is offered by the University of California, Berkeley, which concentrates specifically on Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Applicants should have a strong technical background equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science. They should also have experience in algorithms, data structures, programming, and theory at or above the undergraduate level. Students can choose from five concentration areas: Data Science and Systems, Physical Electronics and Integrated Circuits, Robotics and Embedded Software, Signal Processing and Communications, and Visual Computing and Computer Graphics. The program is multidisciplinary in nature, with students from multiple engineering departments working together. The curriculum is comprised of courses in technical specialization and engineering leadership. Students also have the opportunity to participate in capstone design experiences in Physical Electronics & Integrated Circuits and Visual Computing & Computer Graphics. The curriculum culminates in a team-oriented capstone project. The full-time program is designed to be completed in one academic year.
Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the flagship institution of the University of California system. The public research university is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. Berkeley lab researchers have discovered 16 chemical elements of the periodic table, more than any institution. Further research developments include the discovery of carcinogens, the flu vaccine, and vitamin E, as well as the invention of the hydrogen bomb, the wetsuit, and the polygraph test. The university is also noted for its pivotal student-led Free Speech and Anti-Vietnam War Movements. It is considered one of the nation's "Public Ivy" universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Berkeley No. 22 in National Universities, No. 2 in Top Public Schools, and No. 3 in graduate engineering schools. The university's graduate engineering programs rank first in computer engineering and second in electrical engineering.