Application Process

Candidates for entrance into the PDP will have satisfied the requirements for an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or a related discipline. All other requirements for admission to the PDP are identical to those required for admission into the traditional chemical engineering Master's program (i.e., GRE, transcripts, etc.). Interested candidates should apply to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s graduate program following the standard procedure described on the graduate division website ( Indicate that you are applying for a Master’s degree in chemical engineering (Plan II).

In addition, we ask that applicants label the Statement of Purpose essay “MS-PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM” and notify PDP Executive Director Keith Alexander by email, so that he may track the progress of your application. Candidates should also use the Statement of Purpose to provide a compelling explanation of why the PDP is the right next step given their career aspirations and what industry specialization track they intend to pursue. The admission decision to the PDP will be made by a faculty committee in consultation with the PDP Executive Director. The online application will be available in September at the Graduate Division Website. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester.

The PDP application deadline is January 5, 2018, 8:59 PM

Early application is strongly encouraged as we expect strong demand for the limited number of students we can admit to the PDP this year.

U.C. Berkeley graduating seniors from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will be considered for entrance into the PDP on a selective basis. However, by standing departmental policy, U.C. Berkeley graduates are encouraged to continue their education at another institution. Admission to the PDP will in no way have an effect on current or future applications to the department's traditional M.S. or Ph.D. programs.

Contact the PDP

Ms. Iris Acosta
PDP Graduate Student Adviser
402 Latimer Hall
(510) 642-1387

Keith AlexanderDr. Keith Alexander
PDP Executive Director
410B Latimer Hall
(510) 642-4526

Financial Requirements

Unfortunately as a new program that does not have a research thesis requirement, we cannot at this time offer research assistantships or fellowships to those admitted to the PDP. We are continuing our efforts to raise funds beyond our initial seed funding from the Dreyfus Foundation to sustain the program and we will do what we can to offer students assistance to the extent we are successful.

However, at this time we must advise students that they must consider the various sources of financial aid available to all qualified students who apply to graduate school at Berkeley. ( )

Students should make the "return on investment" decision of entering the program with the assumption that they will be responsible for financing their attendance.