MA and MS Admissions

Explore the world of ideas. Earn a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at BU.

Welcome! Arts & Sciences is Boston University’s largest academic division, the heart of a world-class research university. Our faculty in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are among the world’s most respected professors, researchers, and professionals in their disciplines. Our alumni are leading innovation and research and making an impact in their fields. Our campus is Boston, a city vibrant with history, culture, and diversity, and teeming with potential for connections and careers.

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Message from the GRS Office
Please know that our priority during this challenging time is the well-being of our students and ensuring their ability to begin study in their master’s degree program and fulfill their academic program requirements. This fall will mark the launch of our new, simultaneous in-person and remote hybrid teaching system called Learn from Anywhere (LfA), which will enable any of our incoming and continuing students who are unable to get to Boston by the start of the fall semester to fully participate and be current in their studies when they are able to join us on campus in Boston.

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You can find important information regarding the impact of COVID-19 for our graduate students, including a guide to university policy and a list of resources, hereAs public health guidance continues to evolve rapidly, our office will continue to provide the latest information as quickly as possible. For the most comprehensive coverage, please visit the BU COVID-19 site and Back2BU for the University reopening plan for the fall semester. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Please reach out to or by phone at 617-353-2696 for assistance, or contact individual staff by email or their direct phone extensions.

Qualifications for Admission

Those who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or with equivalent international education may apply.

  • Your undergraduate program should include introductory studies in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; completion of specified courses without credit may be required to make up any deficiency.
  • You may apply to a master’s degree program if you have a bachelor’s degree (if you hold a three-year degree, you may be required to complete a one-year master’s degree program or post-graduate diploma in a relevant subject).
  • You may not enroll simultaneously in more than one graduate program unless the programs are part of a BU-approved combined degree.
  • If you have twice been rejected for admission to the same degree program, you must submit a letter of approval for application from the current director of graduate studies in the department to which you seek admission.


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