Graduate Engineering Programs for Non-Engineering Backgrounds

Information Systems

Applicants with any science, engineering, or other technical major are acceptable as long as the candidate provides evidence of technical or programming skills.

Information Systems Program

Information Systems-Bridge

Students with non-STEM, non-technical bachelor’s degrees have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Information Systems (MS in IS) with Northeastern’s MS in Information Systems-Bridge program. Current students come from over 24 non-STEM/non-technical bachelor degree backgrounds. No pre-Calculus or higher level math required. No programming background required.

Information Systems-Bridge Program


Any engineering or science degree (e.g. Biology, Chemistry) are acceptable

Bioengineering Program

Chemical Engineering

Biology or Chemistry undergraduate degrees are acceptable

Chemical Engineering Program

Climate Science and Engineering

This is a joint Master’s program between the College of Science and the College of Engineering and is open to any student with a science or engineering background seeking foundational knowledge in the climate system, its changing dynamics and impacts, and solutions for mitigation and adaptation.

Climate Science and Engineering Program

Data Analytics Engineering

Applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields are academically qualified for admissions consideration: Applied mathematics, mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or quantitative business (e.g. economics, finance, information systems)

Data Analytics Engineering Program

Energy Systems

Energy Systems applicants with quantitative business or finance majors are acceptable if candidates also have some background in computer science and calculus.

Energy Systems Program

Energy Systems Academic Link

The Master of Science in Energy Systems – Academic Link program enables students with first-year calculus, physics and chemistry in their undergraduate studies, but no prior exposure to thermo-sciences to complete the multidisciplinary energy systems program with integrated, foundational coursework.

Energy Systems Academic Link Program

Engineering Management

Mathematics or physics majors with linear algebra and multivariable calculus, or students of any major with the equivalent background in mathematics as an engineering major are acceptable.

Engineering Management Program

Engineering and Public Policy

This program is designed to build proficiency in the skills and knowledge needed to serve as policy leaders on large engineering issues in the public and private sectors.  Students can be from any science or engineering major, or from other majors with a background in quantitative analysis, such as public policy, architecture and urban planning, business, economics, or environmental studies.

Engineering and Public Policy Program

Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with majors in applied physics are acceptable

Mechanical Engineering Program

Operations Research

Majors in any science discipline including computer science and mathematics are acceptable; other majors considered are economics, business, or other liberal arts with some background in calculus and linear algebra

Operations Research Program

Sustainable Building Systems

Applicants with any engineering or science degree are acceptable; candidates with degrees in architecture and other related fields, or who have some background in the built environment are also considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Sustainable Building Systems Program

Certificate in Sustainability Engineering

This certificate allows non-engineering graduate students to complement their degree program with foundational technical vocabulary, concepts, and skills that will enhance collaboration and solution generation as part of multidisciplinary teams tackling challenges related to sustainability and climate issues. This program is open to students of any major, however, a background in college-level mathematics, such as statistics or quantitative analysis, is necessary.

Sustainability Engineering Certificate

Telecommunication Networks

Applicants with majors in mathematics, physics, or computer science are acceptable

Telecommunication Networks Program