Early Consideration for Master’s Degree Program
As you prepare to enter your Senior Year at BU’s College of Engineering, you may be starting to plan for your life beyond your Bachelor’s degree. If you are contemplating graduate school and advanced training, we would like to invite you to apply for Early Consideration for the Fall 2019 Master’s programs at the College of Engineering.
Applying Early Consideration allows BU College of Engineering students to apply to the Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree programs by September 28th of their senior year. Early Consideration students will have an expedited review process with minimal required documents. All Early Consideration applicants that submit the application and requested documents by the deadline will have an admissions decision by October 22nd.
|Application Requirements||GPA 3.4 or higher -seeking aid||GPA 3.4 or higher – not seeking aid||All other BU students|
|Statement of purpose||Recommended||No||Yes|
|Letters of recommendation||At least 1 (2 recommended)||No||2 letters|
|Application Deadline||September 28||September 28||September 28|
The College of Engineering is committed to our students and invite you all to apply. The table above will help you navigate the requirements of the application. Students that have shown exceptional academic abilities and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher at the end of their Junior Year will be automatically admitted to the Master’s program in their undergraduate degree program.
Students below a 3.4 that submit a completed application will receive a notification from the admissions committee by October 22nd. This decision will either be an offer of admission (with Scholarship if awarded) or a deferral to the Fall 2019 application cycle.
We recommend getting your information ready for the application as soon as possible (including speaking with any professor that you want to write a recommendation!). You will be able to begin the application on September 1.
The Application Portal has requirements set up that our Early Consideration students will need to bypass. To assist you with the application process and for directions on how to request your application fee waiver, please visit our Application Instructions for Early Consideration page.
Congratulations on all of you have accomplished thus far! We welcome you all back for your Senior year and wish you the best of luck in your final year.
FAQs for Early Consideration Students
What is Early Consideration?
Early Consideration is a preferential admissions review and an expedited early decision for our current undergraduate Seniors. Students can apply for free to our master’s programs, and with some of our application requirements waived for the review process. Students with over a 3.4 GPA are automatically admitted into their current course of study and eligible for a Scholarship review, and students below a 3.4 are eligible to apply without GRE scores for an admission and scholarship review.
Can I apply early consideration to master’s programs outside my current degree program?
Yes. Students are encouraged to apply early consideration to whatever masters programs they are interested in pursuing. You are required to provide the same abridged application credentials (see the chart below for additional information). Students that are over a 3.4, however, are not automatically admitted to a field outside their current undergraduate program. Often, our faculty will offer admission to these students, but it is not automatic.
Who should I ask to submit letters of recommendation for my application?
We encourage all students that are submitting letters of recommendation to get at least one from a BU College of Engineering Faculty member. Students have also used former mentors and academic advisors, supervisors from a work or internship experience related to their area(s) or interest, or other College of Engineering or College of Arts and Sciences academic instructors.
What happens if I am not admitted during the early consideration review?
What should I be doing now to prepare for my early consideration application?
You should be reaching out to faculty as soon as possible, so that when you request a recommendation for your application, they are prepared and can provide a letter on your behalf in a timely manner.
What if my recommendations are not received before the deadline?
Do Early Consideration application rules apply to the PhD program?
No – if you are applying to the PhD program you will be required to provide all of the necessary documents for the application. This includes recommendations, GRE scores, personal statement, and a CV. The application deadline for the PhD program is December 15th.