Prospective Graduate

Prepare to change the world.

At the heart of the Boston University College of Engineering’s mission is preparing the world’s citizens to advance the global economy and quality of life for all people. We invite and sustain a vibrant national and international student population, and a deep appreciation of global and cultural awareness and respect is a critical component of an engineering degree.

Recently, the Times Higher Education ranked the employability of BU graduates 11th compared to all universities in the world and 7th in the United States.

At the Boston University College of Engineering, students are challenged to contribute and innovate, generating cutting-edge research and scholarship within academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, labs and research centers. Our graduates enter the workforce fully prepared to make immediate and impactful contributions across industry, government, and academia.

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Admissions Qualifications

The College of Engineering welcomes applications from prospective master’s and PhD students with diverse, unique backgrounds from across the world. Any well-qualified person with a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution (or with the equivalent international education) is encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants applying to any MEng, MS, or post-bachelor’s PhD program must have earned (or expect to earn) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study.
  • Applicants to the post-master’s PhD programs must have earned (or expect to earn) a master’s degree in a relevant field of study.
  • If offered admission, all students who matriculate to Boston University will be required to provide an official transcript from their previous academic institution, indicating their previously earned degree(s). If your transcripts are not in English, you will be required to provide a certified translation with the official transcript.

Admissions Process and Timeline

  • Contact recommenders and request that they write your recommendation to your intended program. When the online application is available in early September, you can send an electronic request to your recommenders by email through the online application.
    • If you are applying to more than one program within the College of Engineering, recommenders will need to submit recommendations for each of your applications.
  • GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams should be taken well in advance of the application deadline. It can take up to 6 weeks for ETS to report the scores electronically. We encourage students to contact ETS 2–3 months prior to the application.
  • Contact all previous colleges and/or universities and request official transcripts for your educational history at each school you have attended.
    • If your official transcript is not issued in English, you will be required to provide an official translation of your transcript along with the original.
  • Begin to write your personal statement and update your résumé for your application.

  • Complete all sections of the online application.
  • Upload all required credentials to your online application before submitting the application.
  • Review your “Recommenders” tab on your online application to confirm that your recommenders have submitted their recommendation. You can send reminder emails to any recommender who hasn’t submitted a recommendation using the “Recommenders” tab.

  • All submitted applications are reviewed by the Graduate Programs office to ensure they are complete. If additional documentation is required or if there is a problem with one of the uploaded documents, applicants will be notified via the email address they provided.
  • Once the application is complete, the Graduate Programs office will forward the entire application to the respective admissions committee to review. Applicants will be notified when their application is complete and forwarded via email. Please do not assume your application is complete until you receive an email from the Graduate Programs office, notifying you that it’s complete.
  • Admissions committees will review individual applications. Please be patient during this review process; unfortunately, there is no way to check the status of your application online.
  • When the decision is made, the Graduate Programs office will notify applicants of the decision via email.

Special Programs

Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP)

Our Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP) is for those who seek new career opportunities but may lack the required background in engineering. For over 25 years, this unique program has enabled individuals with undergraduate backgrounds in fields other than engineering to earn graduate degrees in engineering.

Non-Degree and Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs allow you to develop advanced-level expertise in a focused area of study without committing to a full degree program. Here at BU, you can choose from certificate in Engineering Innovation, Energy & Sustainability, Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), and Product Design.

Students that have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in an engineering field are eligible to register for a course as a non-degree student. Courses can be used for professional development purposes or to determine if you would like to apply for our graduate programs.

To apply to a certificate program, or register for a course as a non-degree student, please complete the application. You can email if you have any questions or concerns regarding the certificate and non-degree application.