Are GRE scores required for admission in University of California-Berkeley for Computer Science and Engineering. If yes, then what should be the average score?


I have heard that today’s job market is very competitive and if you want to compete with others you have to leave your mark with your qualifications and results. I am about to complete my undergraduate program in next few months and have decided to continue my passion of computer science by pursuing masters in computer science and engineering from the University of California. My undergraduate classmates have told me that there is minimum GRE score requirement to get in the University of California. I would really appreciate if someone could confirm the statement of my classmates and tell me the other general admission requirements of the University as well.

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The Computer Science Division at University of California-Berkeley is one of the strongest programs in the country. They are renowned for their innovations in teaching and research. Berkeley teaches the researchers that become award-winning faculty members at other universities.

Results of the GRE general test or subject test will be required to be submitted as per the policy and need of the department. It is important that one must have GRE percentile on the scale of 85th-90th to increase their chances of studying at California.
According to US News, the average GRE scores for computer science and engineering on quantitative is 166 and verbal is 157 respectively. The code for GRE submission is 4833.

Other admission requirements are,

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent from an accredited institute.
  • A satisfactory scholastic average score i.e. a minimum of 3.0 (B) on a scale of 4.0.
  • Sufficient training, during your tenure of undergraduate, to undertake graduate work.
  • Unofficial transcripts with theonline application for initial review of the departments.
  • 3 Letters of recomendation
  • Students will be required to submit the admission fee along with application amounting to USD 105 (for U.S citizens) and USD 125 (for others).
  • International students are required to submit the evidence of their proficiency in English language which could be either IELTS or TOEFL
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You are absolutely right! Today’s job market is competitive because it now looks for people with a master’s degree in their field of study. Top companies would rather hire fresh graduate students than those who have an undergraduate degree with work experience. But you should also know that getting into the master’s program is also competitive. University of California Berkeley master of science in computer science program has a competitive admission rate and less than 50% of applicants are approved.

The short answer to your question is there’s no minimum GRE score requirement for entering University of California Berkeley’s computer science graduate program. However, I’ve looked around for a good average to reach for to get into a good university. From my sources, it’s best to reach for the average of 151 for verbal and 152 for Quantitative.

Application deadline: December 1

You’ll need:
– 3 letters of recommendation
– GRE: General
– statement of purpose
– an average GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
– IELTS (7.0 minimum)/TOEFL (PPT: 560; IBT: 87), if you’re a foreign student.

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While you’re looking into the masters in computer science program at the University of California Berkeley, you should also know that other universities and college don’t usually have a minimum GRE score requirement. Admission isn’t based entirely on GRE scores, but more on what you can offer in the program as a whole.

UC Berkeley’s computer science program only accept about 7 to 8 percent of their applicants which is why you will have to stand out. This means that the selection process is rigorous and getting into the computer science program, you will have to make sure that your average GPA is in the 3.8 to 4.0 on a 4.0 scale and that you’re in the high percentile in terms of GRE scores.

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