Admissions Application Prep

A guide for every stage of the application process

Congratulations on taking the first step towards reaching your data analytics goals! We're so excited to be on this journey with you. This admission application prep is designed to equip you with tools, resources, and tips one step at a time from now until the application deadline.

 

Click through the resources below to get started.

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Application Steps

1. Planning

Introspection

Introspection is a vital component of initiating your graduate school application. Knowing where you come from, where you currently stand to achieve your academic and professional goals, and where you want to go in your career will help steer your graduate school application.

Questions you may consider:

  • What did I enjoy about my undergraduate major?
  • What did I least enjoy about my undergraduate major?
  • What do I like most about my current/previous jobs?
  • What do I like least about my current/previous jobs?
  • Did my undergraduate degree and current/past professional experiences align with my passions?
  • Why did I choose my undergraduate major? Why did I select my recent employment? Am I happy with those decisions and experiences?
  • What characteristics do my most influential supervisors or mentors have that inspire me?
  • What traits and abilities do I value in supervisors, colleagues, classmates, or friends?
  • What skills or experiences are missing in my growth process (professionally or personally)?
  • Thinking five years ahead, how would I define success when I look back at my graduate school experiences? What tools do I want to have in my arsenal?

Request transcripts

IEOR department does not require official transcripts at the time of submitting the application. To ensure an incomplete transcript does not delay your application, you will want to prepare these documents in advance. Request a current transcript from every post-secondary school you have attended, including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. Unofficial transcripts and other required academic records should be uploaded, in PDF format, with the application. Full academic disclosure is required. If an offer of admission is made, applicants will be required to send to the Graduate Division the official paper documents for verification. Offers will not be considered final until the Graduate Division has received the official documents that match the uploaded record. If you have attended UC Berkeley, upload unofficial transcripts with the application for the initial departmental review. Official transcripts with evidence of degree conferral will not be required if admitted. *Please note, applicants are not required to mail transcripts to our office at the time of application. For the application review process, applicants should upload all required materials to the online application.

Refer to the Graduate Division admissions requirements for information regarding Basic Requirements, including transcripts.

Schedule your tests

Be sure to schedule your tests in advance; aim to take the exam by November to give yourself enough time for the score. Taking the test early will allow your results to be available by the application submission deadline. Remember, it's valid for five years.

2. GRE

GRE is optional for Fall 2022 applicants, a score of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years is acceptable. For Fall 2022 admission, test taken before June 2016 will be not be accepted. There is no minimum scores required.
To send an official score to UC Berkeley, list the institution code assigned by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for UC Berkeley, 4833.
*Please do not send scores to the IEOR Department.

3. Letters of Rec

Reaching out

We require three letters of recommendation. The LOR portion is one of the most essential parts of the application and is often overlooked. These letters are a third-party testimonial to you and your ability to handle the technical coursework, as well as your leadership capabilities and problem-solving skills.
Ideally, you will submit a combination of professional and academic references. The important part is that the recommender knows you well. 
Reach out to your recommenders as early as possible to give them adequate time to submit. Requesting a recommendation is best done when you have scheduled an appointment. Setting an appointment will allow for a designated time for you to discuss your future goals and past achievements. Schedule a meeting either in-person, via Zoom, or phone to check-in. Show up prepared for your meeting. Outline a list of your achievements, career goals, areas for improvement, and information about what you hope to get out of your graduate program. A resume/CV, transcripts, and any academic samples you have may be helpful to reference.
When ready, you can send letter of recommendation requests in the Recommendations section of the online application. Note, recommendation letters must be received by the application deadline.
See Career Center for additional guidance.

4. Essays

Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose is the primary essay. The Statement of Purpose is your "academic statement" and should convey why you are interested in the program, what you will contribute to the program, and what you plan to do after the program.

Your Statement of Purpose should include:

  • Academic and research experiences
  • Publications and/or presentations
  • Internship or employment opportunities you have had
  • Your motivation and interests in the program- including your professional objectives, research interests, areas of specialization, etc.
  • Additional contributions to your program of study- Let us know how your experience has led to the perfect fit for this program! Are there specific IEOR faculty you want to work with? Why are you choosing UCB Analytics?

Personal Statement

Your secondary essay is your personal history statement. The personal statement provides insight to as a person and any experiences that have influenced you to apply for graduate studies in Analytics. This statement can also include any experiences in overcoming adversity or any social or community projects/ programs/organizations you have worked with. Take this opportunity to write about your personal goals, dreams, and what motivates you towards your degree and objectives. Remember to be authentic in your essay as we want to hear your voice and perspective.
The average length is a concise and articulate two pages, double spaced.

5. Professional Experience

At UC Berkeley Master of Analytics, we value a diversity of backgrounds and accept candidates with a wide range of experiences. Although work experience is not required for admission to the Analytics program, we want to know what professional, internship, research experiences you have. Therefore, submit a resume of your professional background so that the admission committee may gain a more in-depth understanding of your academic and professional experiences. The admissions committee is not looking at quantity but rather the quality, range, and substance of your experience. Remember to treat your resume like a snapshot of your work experience, and then use your essays to delve deeper. Here are some tips for writing your resume:

Tips:

  • Be organized- remember to be clear and concise with your resume. A resume should not exceed 1-2 pages and should be organized, ideally chronologically.
  • Be to the point- outline your experiences in a well-written (no acronyms) and succinct way that accounts honestly for your accomplishments. You do not need to elaborate on each position held on your resume. Your Statement of Purpose will allow you to dive deeper into these experiences and where you will go from here.
  • Show clear advancement towards your goals- your resume should highlight your career progression. You want to showcase a timeline from the beginning to now. Remember, your Statement of Purpose will fill in where you plan to go from here.

6. Audio/Visual

Your application's audio/visual component should address the following question: Tell us about a time you observed how analytics made a major impact globally or locally. What were the pros and the cons?

Tips:

  • Keep your A/V short and straightforward- Be concise in your audio/visual recording. Collect your thoughts and aim to answer the prompt. You want to make sure your viewer does not miss any important information you wish to convey.
  • Speak with confidence and enthusiasm- Speaking clearly and confidently will help maintain viewer engagement and help you convey your message.
  • Be aware of your environment when recording- If you are submitting a video recording, feel free to be creative with your environment, record on campus, create an exciting background, work with your lighting. Whether working with visual or audio, be mindful of your environment to ensure you have little to no disturbances that could distract from your voice and, most importantly, your message. Remember, your answer to the prompt is what will be reviewed.
  • Capture and upload the best possible quality- If recording a video, please make sure your recording device is placed around your eye level. To avoid (or reduce) "shaky cam," keep the recording device stationery while filming. *NOTE: It is ideal for the highest quality video to film on a smartphone as it doesn't rely so heavily on specific software. Remember, you will not be evaluated on the quality of your video.
  • Be yourself!

7. Gather Materials

Now that you have completed steps 1-7, it is time to gather all these necessary materials for your application. As a reminder, the following will be required for your application:
  1. Application fee: You must submit an application fee when you apply. The application fee is not refundable. If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $120; for all others, the fee is $140. Fee Waiver: U.S. citizens or permanent residents who can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply for a waiver of the application fee. See guidelines for waivers. Fee Exemption: Some programs do not require the application fee payment.See Guidelines for Fee Exemption
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE):GRE Scores Not Required for Fall 2022 Admissions. Test results for the General GREs must be sent to code 4833 only (the Berkeley institution code). Please do not send them to the IEOR Department. There is no minimum scores required. GRE Subject Tests are not required, but we encourage applicants to take the GRE Math Subject Test. Only tests taken within the past 5 years are acceptable. 
  3. Transcripts: IEOR department does not require official transcripts when applying. However, unofficial transcripts and other required academic records should be uploaded, in PDF format, with the application. If an offer of admission is made, applicants will be required to send the official paper documents for verification to the Graduate Division. Offers will not be considered final until the Graduate Division has received the official documents that match the uploaded record. Please note, applicants are not required to mail transcripts to our office at the time of application. However, applicants should upload all required materials to the online application for the application review process.
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): ; font-size: 18px;">The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the only acceptable substitute. Other tests such as the TOEIC are not acceptable.">Only tests taken within the past 2 years are acceptable. For Fall 2022's admissions, tests taken before June 2020 will not be accepted.>Please send the official score to Berkeley at institution code 4833 by the deadline. Please >do not send it to the IEOR Department.>For information regarding TOEFL exemption, please visit hereThe minimum score is 90 for the internet-based test (iBT) and 570 for the paper-based test (PBT).
  5. Letters of Recommendation: A total of 3 letters are required. You can send letters of recommendation requests in the Recomendations section of the online application. Letters of recommendation must be received by the IEOR Department electronically by the deadline. See " href="https://career.berkeley.edu/Medical/AppLet" xlink="href">Career Center for additional guidance.
  6. Statement of Purpose: The Statement of Purpose is your "academic statement" and should convey why you are interested in the MEng IEOR program, what you will contribute to the program, and what you plan to do after the program. The average length of this statement is two pages double spaced.
  7. Personal Statement: The Personal History Statement should provide insight to you as a person and any personal experiences that have influenced you to apply for graduate studies in IEOR. This statement can also include any obstacles or barriers you have overcome during your education career or any social or community projects/ programs you have worked with.
  8. Resume: Be sure to upload your resume so that the admission committee may gain a more in-depth understanding of your academic and professional experiences.

8. Finish Line

Now that your materials are ready, it’s time to approach the finish line. Give your materials one last review before submitting your application.
  • Revisit the application boot camp checklist to ensure all of your materials are in order. If you can check all the boxes, you’re on your way to a complete application. Submit a completed online application.
  • The application process is entirely electronic. Please do not mail any documents to the IEOR Department.
  • Your application will only be considered complete when all forms are submitted electronically, and all official test scores have been received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • If possible, ask someone else to review your application before submitting it. A fresh overview may allow for discrepancies to be caught before submitting!

9. Complete your Application

Give yourself enough time to submit your application. Don’t wait until the very last minute to hit submit.

Retain a copy of your submission confirmation for your reference.

Congratulations, you have completed the application boot camp! We look forward to learning more about you in your application and wish you the best of luck!

 

Application Deadlines

Round 1: January 6, 2022

Round 2: March 2, 2022

Explore the Admissions Process

Information Sessions for Prospective Students

These information session recordings cover the program, curriculum, and career opportunities within the analytics field.

Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Q&A