Special Students

Undergraduate Policy

Nondegree students who wish to take an undergraduate engineering course may request special student status from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. If approved, registration will be processed through the College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs office, ERB 107. Degree-seeking/matriculated Boston University students have first priority for course registration and enrollment. Special students may be denied enrollment if the course is oversubscribed.

Graduate Policy

Any qualified student interested in undertaking graduate-level coursework as a non-degree Special Student may register on a space-available basis, after matriculated students have registered, with approval from the Engineering Graduate Programs office. Only three courses taken at Boston University as a Special Student may be applied to a graduate degree. Interested applicants must complete an Application for Admission as a Special Student and obtain approval.

A special non-degree student must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident. International students who are already in the US in a non-immigrant status must confirm their eligibility to matriculate as non-degree students by visiting the International Students & Scholars office (ISSO) at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02215; phone: 617-353-3565 or email: isso@bu.edu. Documentation must be submitted of their visa status to the ISSO to obtain a Non-Degree International Registration form (for information about the required documentation, please contact the ISSO). Students must bring this form, approved and signed by the ISSO, to the ENG Special Student registration.

Registration of Special Students takes place during the on-campus registration period, just before the Fall and Spring Semesters begin. Specific information may be obtained a few weeks before the registration period by calling or writing to the College of Engineering Graduate Programs office, 44 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215; phone: 617-353-9760 or email: enggradask@bu.edu.