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Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP)

Information Session

Please join us on January 14, 2015 at 3:00pm for an on-site LEAP Information Session and Tour at the College of Engineering. RSVP to by January 13th to attend. We look forward to meeting you!

LEAP at a Glance

Do you have a bachelor's degree in the Liberal Arts, Business, Fine Arts, or Education? You can earn a Master’s Degree in Biomedical, Computer Systems, Electrical, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical, Photonics, Manufacturing or Systems Engineering through the Late Entry Accelerated Program at Boston University

For over 25 years, LEAP at Boston University has enabled non-traditional students and working professionals to obtain graduate degrees in engineering. As a LEAP student, you'll first be brought up to parity by taking a core set of undergraduate engineering courses. You'll then enter a regular Master's Degree program in one of eight engineering fields.

LEAP was first funded in 1980 through a grant from National Science Foundation as a means to attract more women into engineering. Since 1984, the program has admitted both men and women and is supported by Boston University.

Phase I of LEAP consists of a core set of about ten to twelve discipline-related undergraduate courses. Credit is given for prior equivalent coursework. These courses do not lead to a BS degree, but will qualify you for entry into the graduate phase of LEAP.

Phase II consists of our regular Master's program in any of seven engineering disciplines. Many LEAP students go on to doctoral studies at Boston University.

Learn how to leverage your undergraduate background into an exciting career in engineering.

Why not make this year your LEAP year?

Application Deadlines

LEAP applicants are considered for admission for the fall, spring and summer semesters. LEAP students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or who have refugee status and have demonstrated need through the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for LEAP scholarship. Awarding of LEAP scholarship is based on merit and determined according to the availability of funding. Students who wish to be considered for LEAP scholarships should submit their application by the following deadlines:

October 1st – Spring semester
January 15 – Summer and fall semesters

Additional information regarding application procedures can be found at