Our online application is available beginning September 1 to submit applications for both 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. GRE requirements vary by program. See ‘Application Requirements’ below.
Fall 2023 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 | ALL Masters Programs Priority Deadline. All applications to master’s programs will be considered for tuition scholarship. Applications completed by Jan 15th will receive priority review for scholarship.
- MS, MEng & LEAP – March 15 | Applications received after March 15th will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- MS, MEng & LEAP – October 1 | Applications for Spring entry to the following programs only: LEAP, MS in Mechanical Engineering, MS and MEng in Materials Science and Engineering, MS in Robotics & Autonomous Systems, MS and MEng in Systems Engineering
We do not accept PhD applications for the spring semester.
We do not accept applications for the Spring semester to the following programs: MEng Biomedical Engineering, MS Biomedical Engineering, MS Electrical & Computer Engineering, MS Product Design & Manufacture, MBA/MS Product Design & Manufacture.
All applicants to the College of Engineering are required to submit the following credentials:
A completed electronic application
- 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – of the name variation to ensure that all the documents can be successfully matched.
Application Fee of $95
Graduate Record Examination(GRE)
Applicants to PhD Programs For Fall 2023:
PhD programs in BME, EE, CE, Mech, SYS:
- The GRE is not needed to apply to the PhD program for Fall 2023 admission. Not submitting GRE scores will not have a negative impact on the evaluation of your application.
PhD in MSE only:
- The GRE is not required from applicants who have earned, or will earn, a degree (BS, MS or equivalent) from a U.S. institution.
Applicants to Masters Programs For Spring 2023 & Fall 2023:
GRE scores are required for ALL Masters Programs:
- EXCEPTION: The GRE is NOT required from applicants to all master’s programs (except LEAP) who have earned, or will earn, a 4 year degree from an accredited institution located in the U.S. For these applicants, not submitting GRE scores will not have a negative impact on the evaluation of your application.
Applicants to LEAP:
- GRE scores are required from ALL applicants to LEAP. There is no exception for this requirement.
HOW TO SUBMIT OFFICIAL GRE RESULTS:
Scores should be reported electronically from ETS to: Boston University, College of Engineering, institutional code 3087. No department code is required, but you may use dept. code “99” if 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 2023 a GRE test taken prior to January 2018 is expired.
GRE Subject tests are not required.
- GRE Testing: ETS is now offering the GRE General Test at Home.
Statement of Purpose (essay)
- 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.
- We recommend that the personal statement not exceed 1500 words.
- The resume should include any relevant work and/or research 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.
Official or Unofficial Transcripts
- All official or unofficial transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application in the Academic History section or in additional documents. Official transcripts are preferred for upload by applicant in the application. If you are unable to obtain an official transcript, then scan as a PDF and upload yourself to your application, you may obtain an unofficial transcript, scan as a PDF and upload that to your application.
- Unofficial Transcripts will be considered acceptable if issued by your college/university (typically a Registrar’s office, or an online vendor like Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, etc.). This document must have the applicant’s name, the name of the institution, and a seal, logo, or signature of a school official (like the Registrar, Dean, etc.).
- If your transcript is in English, a professional translation or a course-by-course credential evaluation is not required.
- If the original transcript is not written in English, please provide a professionally-translated into English version in addition to your original unofficial transcript. Two U.S.-based translation services often used by applicants are ECE www.ece.org and WES www.wes.org. If using a U.S.-based translation service, please submit a course-by-course evaluation. Please note that U.S.-based translation services will charge a fee, and you are under no obligation to use these services.
- Applicants must upload a scanned copy of the transcript from each college or university attended.
- The transcript should include each course taken and a grade earned for each course.
- Please note, all students who enroll at Boston University will be required to provide an official, degree-conferring transcript and/or degree certificate issued by their college/university in a sealed envelope (or electronically submitted directly) to the Graduate Programs Office at the time they enroll.
- 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 to you, or the college/university’s vendor (like National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, interfolio, etc.) to you. A course list or screen shot of your student website with course grades will not be accepted in place of an official or 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 PDF or scanned copy of their transcript for work completed in the first semester of the senior year as soon as it is available to email@example.com and we will add it to your application.
Letters of Recommendation
- 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.
TOEFL or IELTS score report—International Students ONLY (with Non-US Degree)
We will no longer accept the TOEFL ITP Plus for China test.
We are unable and will not accept the new TOEFL Essentials test launching August 2021.
Applicants who are unable to take the TOEFL may submit results from IELTS, the or the IELTS Indicator (at home test).
Applicants submitting IELTS Indicator scores should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “ATTN: IELTS Indicator Results” before submitting scores from the IELTS Indicator (at home test)
How to Report your scores:
TOEFL: 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, but you may use dept. code “99” if necessary. We are looking for a minim of 90 overall on the TOEFL.
IELTS: Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution. We are looking for at least a 7.0 on the IELTS.
E-download Account Name: Boston University Graduate Programs
Please be sure to report your IELTS TRF number in the application (in Standardized Tests or in Additional Documents).
TOEFL and IELTS tests are valid for 2 years. For example, a student applying for Fall 2023 must have taken the test after January 1, 2021.
Calculus Recommendation, LEAP only
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.
- 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.
We encourage all of our students to review our deadlines and know what is required and when it should be submitted.
All applications are to be submitted through our online application system.
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.
All applicants need to apply using your legal name.
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 and your CAS ID number
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.
DO NOT mail any documents to the GPO office
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.
Complete vs. Incomplete?
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.
Fee Waiver and Coupon Codes
- Current BU Engineering Students
- BU Employees
- Peace Corp Volunteers
- FEM and Project 1,000 applicants
- McNair Scholars
- GEMS (Please provide ID number with your request)
- MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Awards
- Other students with approval of BU College of Engineering
We can not grant fee waivers to applicants that have already submitted at least 1 application in our system. YOU MUST REQUEST YOUR FEE WAIVER AFTER CREATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT AND BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. No refunds will be made to students requesting a fee waiver after they submitted an application.
Applicants that would like to request a fee waiver may do so by completing the form on our website at: Fee-Waiver-Request. Any questions may be directed via email to: email@example.com.
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.
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.