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.

“with Engineering Practice” Degree Option

Master’s students who obtain a paid or unpaid internship may add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree by completing an approved internship in their field of study.

The “with Engineering Practice” option recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications. Participating students add value to their academic experience with a related internship that enables them to both develop and apply their technical, project management, and leadership skills. The degree rewards participating students with a designation recognized by employers and research institutions.

The “with Engineering Practice” option is available to all College of Engineering graduate students, including international students. For more information, contact the ENG Graduate Programs Office.


Master’s degree students can now add specializations in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, or Robotics to their degree program. These emerging fields are driving demand for engineering talent with critical skills in signals, Big Data, embedded systems, electronics, and instrumentation with applications across a diverse group of industries, including healthcare, finance, defense, manufacturing and social networking.

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 certificates in Engineering Innovation 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 enggrad@bu.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding the certificate and non-degree application.