Early Consideration for Master’s Degree Program

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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 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 from you as a student. All Early Consideration applicants that submit the application and requested documents by the deadline will have an admissions decision by October 20th.

Application Requirements GPA 3.4 or higher -seeking aid GPA 3.4 or higher – not seeking aid All other BU students
Online application Yes Yes Yes
Statement of purpose Recommended No Yes
Letters of recommendation At least 1 (2 recommended) No 2 letters
GRE scores No No No
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 20th. This decision will either be an offer of admission (with Scholarship if awarded) or a deferral to the Fall 2017 application cycle. If you are offered admission you will have until the Spring semester to respond to our offer – a formal response date will be listed in your official letter. If you are deferred to the Fall 2017 application, you will be asked to submit GRE scores for further review.

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

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.

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.

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.

Students that are not admitted during the early consideration review process are referred to the general application population for further review. You will receive a notification via email of this decision, and it will include instructions on additional documentation that we are requesting. In most cases, students that are referred for further review will be asked to provide a GRE score report to supplement the official review by our faculty.

Applications need to be received by the GPO as of September 28th for review during early consideration. Once your application is received, we will mark it for early consideration review.

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.

Our office will continue to compile documents that arrive after the September 28th deadline, but you should be reaching out to your recommenders and having them submit as soon as possible. With the quick turn-around for this review and decision process, there is not a lot of time to allow for a grace period for any late recommendations that arrive.

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.