Application Dates & Requirements

Our online application is available beginning September 1 to submit applications for the Spring and Fall Semesters. All applications must be submitted in full and the application fee is to be paid by the application deadlines listed below.

Fall Application Dates

PhD December 15 Deadline to submit all required credentials for PhD applications from international and domestic students to all departments/divisions.
MS, MEng & LEAP January 15 Applications submitted by January 15 will have the best chance for tuition scholarship.
MS, MEng & LEAP March 15 Applications submitted after March 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Spring Application Dates

MS, MEng & LEAP October 1 Applications to the following programs:

  • LEAP
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering
  • MS and MEng in Materials Science and Engineering
  • MS and MEng in Systems Engineering
We do not accept PhD applications for the spring semester.
We do not accept the following applications for the spring semester:

  • MS Biomedical Engineering
  • MEng Biomedical Engineering
  • MS Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • MS Product Design & Manufacture

Application Requirements

All applications to the College of Engineering are required to submit the following credentials:

  • Applicants will need to complete all required sections of the online application prior to submitting it. This includes uploading the required credentials.
  • Please note the applicants’ name on the application form must appear exactly the same as on applicants’ passports or official government documents. If an applicant’s name on any supporting credentials appears differently than it appears on the application form, the applicant must notify the Graduate Programs Office of the name variation to ensure that all the documents can be successfully matched.

This is a non-refundable processing fee and must be paid by credit card. Online applications are not submitted until this application fee is paid by credit card.

  • Discuss your short and long-term professional goals and the major influences that helped shape these goals. Describe your motivation for pursuing graduate study at the College of Engineering. You may also wish to support your application by providing any comments or information that you feel are not elicited by the application form.
  • The Statement of Purpose will be uploaded to your application in the Documents section of the application. Students should complete and upload the Statement of Purpose before submitting the online application.

  • The resume should include any relevant work experience; community and/or professional activities; any honors, distinctions, prizes, or scholarships you have received; publications, theses, scientific or literary articles; and any other creative work which could be used to support your application.
  • The resume will be uploaded to your application in the Documents section of the application. Students should complete and upload their resume before submitting the online application.

  • Applicants will upload a scanned copy of the transcript from each college or university attended. If the original transcript is not written in English, please provide an official English translation as well. All transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application in the Academic History section.
  • Transcripts will be considered acceptable if issued by your college/university (typically a Registrar’s office, or an online vendor like Parchment) to yourself. This document should have the name of the school and a seal/signature of a school official (like the Registrar). Often, since these documents are issued to the student they are marked “Unofficial”. But for purposes of application at Boston University College of Engineering, we will consider them your “official” transcript. Please note, students who are offered admissions and enroll at Boston University will be required to provide an official degree-conferring transcript/degree certificate issued by their college/university in a sealed envelope to the Graduate Programs Office.
  • In order to complete your application, the College of Engineering requires a transcript from every university/college that you list in the “Colleges Attended” section of the “Academic History” of the application. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request further information from an applicant. For purposes of application, you should list only the schools/colleges for which you are uploading transcripts.
  • Transcripts must be issued by the college or university, or the college/university’s vendor (like National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, interfolio, etc.). A course list or screen shot of your student website with course grades will not be accepted in place of an unofficial scanned transcript.
  • DO NOT mail official hard copies of your transcripts. The Graduate Programs Office will contact applicants directly if there are any problems with their uploaded transcript.
  • College seniors should submit a scanned copy of their transcript for work completed in the first semester of the senior year as soon as it is available.

  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. A maximum of three recommendations can be submitted online. Letters can be requested by the applicant through the ‘Recommenders’ tab on the Program Materials section of the application. Applicants can check the status of the recommendations and view when they are submitted by using the same tab. We advise applicants to use a due date no later than the application deadline.

  • GRE general test scores are required. Scores should be reported electronically from ETS to: Boston University, College of Engineering, institutional code 3087. No department code is necessary.
  • A GRE score is 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 2015 a GRE test taken prior to January 2010 is expired.
  • GRE Subject tests are not required.

  • All international applicants must submit the minimum passing TOEFL exam in order to be eligible for admission. For more information on TOEFL minimum test requirements and waiver policies, please visit our International Students section.
  • If submitting a TOEFL test, please select Boston University, College of Engineering, institutional code 3087, as a recipient for official reports (no department code is required).
  • If applicants are unable to take the TOEFL, the IELTS exam can be taken instead. Official IELTS score reports must be mailed directly from the testing center to the BU College of Engineering Graduate Programs Office: 44 Cummington Mall, Room 114, Boston, MA 02215.

    Engineering is a calculus-based curriculum:

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to have successfully completed Calculus 1 for math or science majors before applying.
  • The LEAP math sequence begins with Calculus II. Prior to matriculating, students are expected to be proficient with Calculus I concepts.

Additional Credentials

  • Students who are currently taking classes may upload a brief class list and descriptions of the classes they are currently taking or plan to take in their final year.
  • Please note that student transcripts are required and cannot be replaced by a course list. This is strictly for additional information students may wish to provide on their current courses. Please do not submit a course list for courses already shown on your transcripts.

  • If applicants have any additional information they wish to provide for the admissions review committee, they can upload a document that explains their additional information. Examples of additional information students may wish to include:
    • Information pertaining directly to your desired course of study that has not been mentioned anywhere else in the application.
    • Internships or other programs you have participated in that have not been mentioned anywhere else in the application.
    • Any other area of your application you would like to address in further detail.

Additional Documents for International Applicants

If you are not a citizen of the United States or do not hold official United States Permanent Residency status and you are interested in admission to Boston University, please review our International Students page.

Helpful Hints

We encourage all of our students to review our deadlines and know what is required and when it should be submitted.

This system will allow you to provide personal and educational information for your application, request online recommendations, self-report test scores from ETS, and upload official transcripts and other required credentials. Please do not mail documents to our office.

Your legal name is with your first name being your given name and your last name being your family name. Your application should list your name as it appears on your passport or government-issued ID.

Your legal name should be used for all of your application materials including GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and supporting credentials. If you have a former name or name discrepancy, please notify the GPO office.

Your BU ID number is an eight digit number preceded by the letter U. This is a number that our office uses to identify and track applicants and current students. As part of the application, all students will be asked if they have any previous BU affiliation. If yes is selected, applicants will be asked to log in with your previous BU log in and password to verify your affiliation. If NO is selected, your BU ID will be provided to you.

Please do not select NO to the previous BU affiliation if you have forgotten your username and password. Instead follow the steps to request this information again. Creating multiple BU IDs will delay your application process.

Your CAS ID is the ID associated with your specific application. This will be a 10 digit number found on your application portal in the upper right corner.

If you contact our office at any point in the admissions process, we may request one or both of these numbers to help us assist you.

All documents should be provided online with the online application. International Students will be contacted if they are offered admission and further international student documentation is required. If you must submit certain documents by mail, please make sure your legal name is clearly listed along with your BU ID number.

The Graduate Programs Office will initially review all applications to confirm they are complete. A complete application will contain all of the required credentials listed above. If documents are missing, your application will be incomplete and will not be reviewed until the required credentials have been received. The Graduate Programs Office will notify everyone via email when their application is complete; please do not assume your application is complete until you receive that email.

The College of Engineering offers application fee waivers to the following applicants:

  • Current BU Engineering Students
  • Veterans
  • BU Employees
  • Peace Corp Volunteers
  • FEM and Project 1,000 applicants
  • McNair Scholars
  • GEMS (Please provide ID number with your request)
  • Fulbright

Applicants that would like to request a fee waiver and discuss what documentation is required to show membership to the fee waiver granting institution may e-mail with any questions on requesting your fee waiver. Please include your full name as it appears on the application, your CAS ID number (if you have started your application), and attach any letter of membership or certificate to organizations outside of Boston University (if available).

Coupon Codes on the application submission page refer to our Fee Waivers. Students that are eligible for a fee waiver will receive a coupon code that will waive the application fee. If you have any additional questions regarding our fee waiver policies or if you meet our criteria, please do not hesitate to email us (

Our Frequently Asked Questions section provides a good resource for answers to the most common inquiries we receive from applicants. We encourage all of our students to visit that page and use it as a resource while applying.

Additional Information

All credentials supporting an application must be submitted in English.

Materials submitted in support of an application become the property of the University, and neither originals nor copies will be returned. Application materials will be destroyed one year after the semester of acceptance if the applicant does not matriculate.