Registration

University Policy

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Policy

General Instruction

An officially registered student is one who has (i) submitted course selections on a registration form or through online registration, (ii) paid or settled all charges, and (iii) received an approved receipt from the Office of Student Accounting Services.

Candidates for admission may not register until they receive a formal statement of acceptance. Matriculated students should register under the direction of GMS.

GMS students should consult with the Office of GMS registrar or view the GMS website for detailed instructions concerning the procedures to be followed during the announced registration period. Students must be registered for any regular semester or summer term during which a degree requirement is completed or when University facilities are used.

Registration must be completed within the official registration period to avoid a late fee. Registration deadlines are posted on the University Registrar’s website.

All continuing students in good academic standing with an active Boston University email address may register online via Student Link. A student should meet with his/her faculty advisor or the program director to discuss course selection. An Advising Access Code should be obtained. The Advising Access Code is required to register online for the fall and spring semesters. Registration for summer terms usually does not require an Advising Access Code unless specifically dictated by the program. However, a student should still meet with his/her faculty advisor prior to summer registration.

Failure to register for two consecutive fall/spring semesters without having been granted an authorized leave of absence may result in termination of degree status.

Full-Time Students

A GMS student can be a full-time student by enrollment or by certification.

  1. By enrollment:
    A student enrolled in 12 to 18 credits per semester will be considered full time and will be charged full tuition and fees. A student may register for more than 18 credits only with approval of his/her program director and the GMS registrar. Tuition for each credit above 18 will be charged per credit hour.
  2. By certification:
    A student registered for fewer than 12 credits but otherwise engaged in full-time study, e.g., by participating in research pertinent to the completion of degree requirements, or gaining competence in the field of study, may be certified as a full-time student. Such students must submit the Certified Full-Time Form to the GMS registrar during the official registration period. This form is only complete with the signature of the faculty advisor and/or program director.

A student enrolled in a PhD degree program must maintain full-time status either by enrollment or full-time certification until completion of the degree.

Part-Time Students

All part-time students who are candidates for degrees must register each regular semester for up to 11 credits until all departmental course requirements are completed. Continuing students (see below) may register for less than one 2-credit course.

Continuing Students

After completing all departmental or program didactic course requirements, MA and MS candidates must register each regular semester as a continuing student (tuition charge equivalent to 2 credits) until all remaining degree requirements are complete.

For MA and MS students, registration and payment of regular tuition and fees for one (1) course with a minimum of 2 credits exempts the student from the continuing student fee. Continuing students may qualify as full-time according to the above regulations by certification through completion of the Certified Full-Time Form.

After completing all departmental or program didactic course requirements, PhD candidates must register for fall and spring semesters as a continuing student (tuition charge equivalent to 2 credits) until all remaining degree requirements are complete. Registration for the summer terms is described under Section 8.21. Except during summer sessions, PhD candidates’ continuing student status entitles students to officially audit one (1) course per semester, but only with prior approval from the program director and GMS registrar. Students may not audit 900-level courses.

Registration Deadlines

The dates of the official registration period are provided on the Boston University Registrar’s website. Late fees are charged to students who do not register or settle their tuition accounts during this official period. Students may not register later than one (1) week after the start of classes without written approval from the Associate Provost for GMS. Students who are not registered by the deadline will have their financial assistance offers revoked.

Students enrolled in programs that commence on different dates than the standard semester start date will not be allowed to register later than the end of the first week of the program.

Compliance

Boston University requires all students to provide an emergency alert phone number. Students not in compliance will not be able to adjust their schedules or to register for future semesters.