Master’s Degree Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP)

Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP) is a program designed for individuals who seek new career opportunities but may lack the required background in engineering.

It enables students with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Liberal Arts, Business, Fine Arts, or Education to earn a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Systems Engineering.

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.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a non-engineering field
  • Grade of B (or higher) in at least one semester of calculus for math and science majors taken in college (AP calculus does not satisfy this requirement). Please see the Calculus I course description for math and science majors.
  • General Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native English speakers
  • Application for Admission