Prospective MSE Graduate Students

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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.

Materials science & engineering is driving innovations in biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, materials for energy and environment, and nanomaterials applications. Across large companies, start-ups, and academia, the strong link between materials science, emerging research, and products in the marketplace fuels demand for materials scientists and engineers with advanced academic training.

Application GRE requirements vary by program. See our Application Requirements for details.

Engineers trained in the discipline readily find work in a number of fields, including:

  • Energy
  • Health care
  • Information technologies
  • Homeland security

MSE offers several graduate degree programs, including:

Master of Science with thesis (MS)

Master of Science non-thesis (MS)

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


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The Division also offers concentrations in biomaterials, materials for energy & environment, electronic & photonic materials, and nanomaterials for master’s degree students.


Internship Degree Option: “With Engineering Practice Option”

Master’s degree 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 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 Engineering Practice option is available to all College of Engineering graduate students, including international students.

Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP) for Non-Engineering Degree Holders

Students who want to switch careers and enter the technology field, but whose undergraduate degree is not in engineering, can earn a master’s degree in any of eight engineering disciplines through the Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP). Students begin by taking foundation undergraduate engineering courses, then transition into graduate-level coursework to complete a master’s degree.