Congratulations and Welcome!
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. Due to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all accepted student days, interview days, and individual student visits will be moved to a virtual format.
We are aware of the increasing concern around delayed visa appointments for our international students and delayed air travel for both our domestic and international students. Please be assured that we are currently working on alternative enrollment options for admitted students who are unable to make it to campus by the start of classes in September. You will be contacted via email with updates as they become available.
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, here.
As 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. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Please reach out to email@example.com or by phone at 617-353-2696 for assistance, or contact individual staff by email or their direct phone extensions.
Our recovery planning is focused on the fall semester, and the resumption of our on-campus, in-person programs in late August. We are planning accordingly and will incorporate the best public health practices into those plans so that members of the BU community will feel comfortable and safe on campus upon their return for fall semester. If for some reason public health authorities do not allow universities to re-open their residential campuses at that time, our planning will explore other alternatives, including the possibility of restarting later in the year.
We at Boston University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) are delighted to have you join us for your graduate degree studies. We hope that you will find your time here enjoyable, stimulating, rewarding and successful. Before you arrive on campus, we would like to share the following information with you to make the transition to our school as smooth as possible.
All graduate students at Boston University are required to complete the Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students training (deadline date to be determined). This course is confidential, research-backed, and part of BU’s commitment to student well-being.
Student Accounts - Tuition Payments
Once registered, you can view your student account on the StudentLink under Money Matters.
All Graduate School of Arts & Sciences students are required to settle/pay their tuition and fees each semester by the payment deadline. The payment deadline for new graduate students who start in Fall 2020 is Monday, September 16, 2020; for new graduate students who start in Spring 2021, it is Monday, February 1, 2021. Please submit payments to Student Accounting Services per the deadlines and procedures below.
For information regarding fellowships, loans, external funding sources and more, please visit our Financial Aid page. Questions concerning aid should be directed to the Graduate School Financial Aid Office, 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112, Boston, MA 02215 (Tel: 617-353-2696 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:
Tuition (12 – 18 credit hours) — $28,427/semester
Student Services Fee — $178/semester
Health & Wellness Fee — $228/semester
Basic Medical Insurance — $2,789/year*
Tuition (2 – 11.5 credit hours) — $1,777/credit hour
Student Services Fee — $60/semester
*Medical insurance coverage extends from August 15, 2020 through August 14, 2021 for those admitted in the Fall Semester. Coverage extends from January 1, 2021 through August 14, 2021 for those admitted for the Spring Semester. Please note that coverage takes effect once registration has been processed.
Information on withdrawal and tuition refunds for Fall 2020 can be found with the University Registrar. This information is important if you find that you are unable to attend classes but have registered.
A complete listing of the University’s tuition and fees, as well as explanations of certain fees, can be found with the Registrar.
To waive the medical insurance, please visit Student Health Services.
Please visit the Student Health Services site regarding Medical Insurance. This site provides important information about the BU Medical Insurance Plan, comparable insurance requirements and waiver of the BU Medical Insurance Plan. Part-time students and dependents of full-time students may choose to enroll in the medical insurance plan offered through Boston University.
Medical insurance coverage extends from August 15, 2020 through August 14, 2021 for those admitted in the Fall Semester. Coverage extends from January 1, 2021 through August 14, 2021 for those admitted for the Spring Semester. Please note that coverage takes effect once registration has been processed.
To waive the medical insurance, please visit Student Health Services.
Teaching/Doctoral Research Fellowships
Teaching Fellows or Doctoral Research Fellows will receive weekly stipend payments each Friday beginning the 2nd week of classes. Payments will be available at the Student Employment Office. After receiving the first payment, students are strongly encouraged to set up direct deposit via the Student Link. By federal law, all employers must verify the employment eligibility of their new employees, including student employees. All entering graduate students who have been awarded a Teaching Fellowship or Doctoral Research Fellowship are required to provide documentation for payroll purposes. You will need to present the appropriate documents to the administrative assistant in your academic department. Documents must be verified within the first three working days of employment. You will be asked to complete an Employment Eligibility Form (Form I-9). If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, please present the documentation, in person, to the University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).
Dean’s Fellows, Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellows, FLAS Fellows, and training grant recipients will receive monthly stipend payments on the fourth Friday of each month beginning in September. Payments will be available at the Student Employment Office. After receiving the first payment, students are strongly encouraged to set up direct deposit via the Student Link.
For students who wish to apply for federal student loans, you will need to complete a FAFSA. Boston University’s Federal School Code is 002130. In addition to the FASFA, you will need to complete a Stafford Loan Request Form which can be found on our website or by contacting the Graduate School Financial Aid Office at 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112, Boston, MA 02215 (Tel: 617-353-2696 or email: email@example.com). Federal loan decisions are usually made in mid-July for graduate students beginning study in September and in mid-December for those beginning in January.
For students who wish to borrow credit-based loans, please begin the loan process at least 6 to 8 weeks before the first day of classes to allow for processing which includes a credit review. You can find information and a list of some credit-based lenders here. Since these loans are credit based it is strongly suggested that each applicant be aware of his/her credit history. Adverse credit may mean a negative decision for your loan application.
If you have a student loan deferment form that needs to be completed, you can contact the Registrar’s Office here at BU.
You can either go in person to their office, fax (617-353-1869), email a scanned copy of the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the form.
Office of the University Registrar
881 Commonweath Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Please allow 1-2 business days for processing.
Please note, you will need to be registered in order for the form to be processed.
Records and Registration
Each student, admitted to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is responsible for becoming familiar with the general regulations of the Graduate School as stated in the “Policies” section of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin and with the more specific requirements stated in the individual section on each department, division, or program which may go beyond, or supplement, the Graduate School standards.
If necessary, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences staff is available to interpret or clarify any rule or regulation.
Boston University does not permit a student to enroll simultaneously in more than one graduate program either within Boston University or at another institution, unless those programs have been previously approved by the Trustees of Boston University as a combined degree program.
Please refer to the Registrar’s website for compliance requirements.
Check the Student Link to ensure you have met these requirements. Students not in compliance will be unable to register for future semesters.
You will need to make sure that all previous degrees are accurately reflected on your student record. You can verify this information by following these steps:
- From the StudentLink, select the Academics tab
- On the Academics page, select “Transcript Preview & Ordering”
- From this page, you should be able to view an unofficial copy of your BU Transcript
- At the top of the unofficial transcript there is a section titled “Basis of Admission” – in this section you should see a list of your previous degrees for which GRS has received an official final transcript
Ten days after submitting your final transcript(s) with the degree listed as conferred or awarded, you should see it reflected on your BU transcript in the StudentLink. If you do not see it, please contact the Graduate School for more information.
If you have not submitted your final transcript(s) in sealed envelopes from your institution as requested in your admission letter, please bring the transcript(s) to the Graduate School Office as soon as possible so that we may update your record. We are located at 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112.
Please note that if you received your degree from a Chinese institution, and you are not able to request your institution send the degree certificates in a sealed envelope, you will need to send the degree certificates through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).
International students are required to check in with the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) after arriving on campus. For information about new student orientation offered by the ISSO, check their website.
Should you have any problems or questions about your visa status, please contact the International Students & Scholars Office at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02215 (Tel: 617-353-3565 or email: email@example.com) before coming to the Graduate School. You will not be allowed to register unless you have been cleared for admission by the International Students & Scholars Office.
Personal Data - Address Update
Students are reminded that, in accordance with the Code of Student Responsibilities (Appendix 15), current addresses must be on file with the University. We ask that you provide this information via the Student Link.
The home address currently on file for you may be the permanent address provided on your application for admission. Local addresses should be updated once you have located housing in the Boston area. After you matriculate, you will need to update/confirm your local address twice a year in accordance with the University compliance requirements. If your name or Social Security number has changed or is incorrect, these can be updated at the Office of the University Registrar at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor. This information cannot be changed using the Student Link.
Registration for new students will take place with your academic department of admission who will send notification to you regarding the dates and times of advising and registration. Most departments will register students during the two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Incoming GRS students are not allowed to register before meeting with department staff. Registration instructions will be provided by the department. If you do not receive information regarding dates of advising and departmental orientation sessions from your department prior to August 1, please contact your department directly.
Please refer to our Registration page for specific instructions.
A complete academic calendar can be viewed on the Registrar’s website.
Student ID Cards
Once you are registered, you can obtain a student ID from the Terrier Card Office. Student photo ID cards (Terrier Card) are issued at the Terrier Card Office, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Lower Level. Your student account does not have to be settled in order to obtain your student ID card. You must present a picture ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport). Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Withdrawal/Leave of Absence
A student who is registered for a semester and decides not to attend must officially take a leave of absence or withdraw. Mere absence from classes does not constitute a withdrawal. A leave of absence should be taken when the student intends to return in a future semester; a withdrawal indicates a decision to permanently leave the University. Charges are canceled in accordance with the published refund schedule, based on the effective date of the withdrawal or leave of absence.
Boston University Email Account (Early Access)
Information Services & Technology (IS&T) will be sending an email with instructions on accessing Boston University’s Early Access Program. This program allows incoming students to create a BU email account and allows early access to some online services. If you have received the ‘Welcome Email’ and do not receive the email for setting up access after three weeks, please contact GRS Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Services & Technology
We can just about guarantee you’ll make extensive use of Boston’s rapid transit system (the MBTA, or simply, “the T”) while you are a student at BU.
Boston University is located at several stops along the Boston College branch (B Line) of the Green Line.
The MBTA’s Student Semester Pass allows students to pre-pay for their monthly “T” passes and thereby save approximately 11% off the regular monthly “T” pass price.
The Sports Pass will automatically be charged to your Student Account if you are a full-time graduate student at Boston University. The Sports Pass will allow you admission to all home events for ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse and soccer – over 70 games and a value of over $600.
For individualized information regarding your sports pass, or to cancel your sports pass, visit the Student Link and go the Money Matters tab.
Student Health Services
All entering Boston University students have pre-matriculation health requirements that must be completed prior to your first term at Boston University. Please visit the Student Health Services for important information regarding required medical forms and immunizations.
— Information about Boston University and the city of Boston
— The Educational Resource Center provides students with the services and resources for developing personal and academic skills
— Information regarding campus safety can be found at the BU Police Department’s website
— The Dept. of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PERD) offers programs and facilities for numerous forms of physical activity
— If you plan on driving a car to classes, you should take a look at the Office of Parking Services’ website
— Boston University houses a number of libraries on campus and you’ll make use of at least one of them during your time here
— Information Services & Technology provides general-access computing and communications facilities for the entire University community
— The Geddes Language Center provides a wide range of instructional media services for students
— Student Health Services offers a number of health-related services including counseling to the University community
— The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is a student-run advocacy group for Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students
— Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) at Boston University is a student-run group open to all, which strives to create a community to support and promote women in science.
— Finally, information regarding Boston’s rapid transit system, the MBTA, or simply, the T, can be found on the MBTA website.