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Applied Science and Technology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
The Graduate Program in Applied Science and Technology (AS&T) features the application of physical and mathematical techniques to fundamental investigations of emerging areas within the physical and life sciences. Major fields of emphasis include applied physics, engineering sciences, and mathematical sciences.
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  • AS&T offers students the option of crossing disciplinary lines in developing graduate degree programs. Students may select courses from a wide variety of departments and graduate programs as they prepare for Preliminary Exams and Qualifying Exams that reflect the breadth of their chosen research programs.
  • A doctoral dissertation in AS&T typically allows students and faculty to focus on subjects that straddle two or more disciplines. For example, plasma theory and experiment, as applied to plasma-assisted materials-processing techniques, to fusion energy research or to space physics, could be attractive to, and much more tractable for, students situated within an interdisciplinary group rather than within a single department. The Graduate Group in AS&T offers such a home. 
  • AS&T seeks to foster closer collaboration among faculty and students from different departments, particularly through joint classes, joint seminars, and joint supervision of graduate students. There are approximately 80 faculty members from various research disciplines associated with AS&T (see list of faculty), so the possibilities are many.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Major fields of emphasis include 

  • applied physics
  • engineering sciences
  •  mathematical sciences

Students are admitted to a Ph.D. program, but they may also elect to pursue a Master of Science degree while completing the coursework and research along the path to their doctoral degree.

Students in AS&T have access to state-of-the-art laboratory techniques and instrumentation developed in associated engineering departments on campus and encourages collaboration between the campus and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Students with a B.A. or B.S. in engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, or other related subjects are eligible for admission. Applicants with a Master’s degree are also encouraged to apply.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal History Statement
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Recommendation letters - 3
  • Original Transcripts
  • Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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