M.S., Ph.D., MEng, and LEAP Students
What are the required credentials for an application to be reviewed?
To apply for admission to a graduate degree program through the College of Engineering, please submit the following required materials:
- A complete online application: www.bu.edu/eng/admissions/grad/apply
- A non-refundable $80.00 application fee payment by credit card.
- A scanned copy of official transcript(s) for all coursework from each college or university attended. Please note that all transcripts must be in English; if the original copy is not, an official English translation is required. Applicants are requested to upload all scanned copies directly to their online application. Please do not mail us hard copies of your transcript(s). If any additional documentation is needed, applicants will be contacted directly by the Graduate Programs Office.
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty members preferably in the field of proposed graduate study who are familiar with American higher education. Up to three recommendations may be submitted online. Any additional letters of recommendation must be submitted as paper copies via postal mail; please be aware that the system will not allow you to submit your online application if more than three online letters of recommendation have been submitted. Students submitting written recommendations should send the recommendation forms (after completing the top portion of the form) to their evaluators and request that they be submitted in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal.
- Official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. GRE scores are valid for five years. The five-year expiration date is based on January for Fall applicants and October for Spring applicants. For example, if an applicant is applying for Fall 2014, a GRE test taken prior to January 2009 is expired. If your GRE scores are being sent electronically by ETS, please have them sent using the institutional code 3105. Please do not have them sent using the department’s code. Note that we do not accept internet printouts of scores.
- For applicants whose native language is not English, official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. The two-year expiration date is based on January for Fall applicants and October for Spring applicants. For example, if an applicant is applying for Fall 2014, a TOEFL or IELTS test taken prior to January 2012 is expired. If your TOEFL scores are being sent electronically by ETS, please have them sent using the institutional code 3105. Please do not have them sent using the department’s code. Note that we do not accept internet printouts of scores.
TOEFL & IELTS REQUIREMENTS
Boston University requests that the minimum requirements for all sections of the TOEFL and IELTS be fulfilled.
Note: A TOEFL score below the minimum requirements will not deny you admission to the program; if the review committee deems you to be academically qualified for the program, you may be required to attend English classes at our Center for English Language and Orientation Program (CELOP) in your first semester of studies at BU. Note that this is an intensive English language program; you will not be taking engineering courses concurrent with CELOP. Once you complete CELOP and demonstrate English proficiency, you will be offered formal admission to the College of Engineering. If your TOEFL scores do not meet the minimum requirements, we strongly encourage you to retake the test and achieve the minimum score requirements, as English proficiency is essential for success in our programs.
*If you are seeking a Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship or Teaching Fellowship, a total score of 100 on the TOEFL or a 7.5 on the IELTS is required.
- A statement of purpose.
- A resume. (optional)
- For international applicants only:
*Note that these documents are not needed for the review of your application and can be sent to us if you are admitted to the program and wish to enroll.
a. The International Student Data Form. Please remember to sign and date this document at the bottom, as it is not valid unless you do so. Click here to access the ISDF.
b. A copy of your passport’s ID page. This page includes your picture, name, and passport’s expiration date.
c. An original bank statement. An original hard copy of your or your sponsor’s bank statement signed and dated within the past year.
d. An original letter of sponsorship. If you are being funded by a sponsor, an original hard copy of your letter of sponsorship signed and dated by your sponsor. Click here to access this document.
e. All previous/current visa documents. This includes copies of all SEVIS I20s (pages 1 and 3) and a copy of your I-94 card (both sides). If you have an employment authorization card, we will need a copy of this as well (both sides). Note that this is not a social security card.
Note: If you are relying on financial aid, it is best to apply for the Fall semester.
Note: Biomedical Engineering Department does not accept applications for the Spring semester.
Note: Application packages submitted with all supporting credentials will be given priority over incomplete applications.
Note: *LEAP (Master's degrees in Engineering for Non-Engineers) stands for Late Entry Accelerated Program. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estimate of Expenses for International Students
International Student Data Form (for international students only)
Financial Sponsorship Certificate (for international students only)
Coversheet for Supplemental Materials
Financial Aid Application
Completed forms and all supplemental application materials should be sent to the following address:
College of Engineering
Graduate Programs Office
44 Cummington Mall, Room 114
Boston, MA 02215