University Policy

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy


Within Boston University: Non-Arts & Sciences Courses

A student in a master’s degree program normally may not register for more than one graduate-level semester course given by a school or college at Boston University other than the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences or the College of Arts & Sciences, unless the courses are listed in the GRS Bulletin. A student in a PhD degree program may not register for more than two such courses. All courses must be approved by the student’s major advisor and department chair, program director, or director of graduate studies.

With Other Academic Institutions

Registration in the Boston Area Consortia is a formal agreement between Boston University and several local colleges and universities whereby BU students can attend courses at other institutions. The primary schools in the cross-registration consortium are Boston College, Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Hebrew College. The following are some general guidelines:

  • Boston University students should obtain a Cross-Registration Petition from the Boston University Registrar’s Office or from the host institution.
  • The completed Cross-Registration Petition must be signed by your advisor or dean, the BU Registrar’s office, and then the host institution’s Registrar’s office. A copy of the completed form should be returned to the BU Registrar’s office.
  • The copy of the signed Cross-Registration Petition must be submitted to the Registrar’s office at Boston University as well as the host institution’s Registrar’s office for official registration.
  • Policy: Both full-time and part-time degree candidates at Boston University are eligible to cross-register at the following institutions: Boston College, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Hebrew College, and MIT.*
    • Students may cross-register for only one course per semester.
    • Cross-registration is not available during summer semesters.
    • Students will be charged by Boston University.
    • Full-time students who exceed 18 credits per semester will be charged at the standard part-time tuition rate.
    • Part-time students will be charged the standard part-time tuition rate.
    • Grades will be forwarded to Boston University by the host institution at the conclusion of the semester.

*Students majoring in African American Studies may cross-register at MIT for economics and political science courses only.

*Graduate students are eligible to apply to take courses through the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT (see additional instructions).

Boston University students who find it necessary to withdraw from the University while registered for a course at a consortium college or university will follow the tuition refund schedule appropriate for their school or college at Boston University.

For more detailed information, please see the Registrar’s website.