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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Preparing Your Application

We encourage applicants to visit our Admissions Process Timeline so that you know when to prepare your application and what to expect once you submit it to the GRS Admissions Office.

Applicants are invited to apply through our convenient online system. Through the online system you may submit the application, along with all personally written materials. The online application also allows recommenders to submit letters of recommendation electronically, which will then be matched directly to the application.

Please ensure that your legal name is used on your application and supporting documents. If you have a former name or name discrepancy, please notify the GRS Admissions Office ( so that all of your documents can be successfully attached to your application.

International Students

We strongly encourage international students to visit our International Students page before applying. This site contains important information on required documentation for your application.

Personally Written Documentation

If you submit electronic copies of personally written documents such as a personal statement or resume on the application, you do not need to send an additional paper copy through the mail to our office.

Please ensure personally written documents are edited and finalized at the time they are submitted to avoid additional duplicitous copies being sent throughout the admissions cycle.

Mailing Documents

We recommend applicants arrange for transcripts, test scores, and other documentation to be mailed to the GRS Admissions Office before submitting your application so that all supporting materials can be attached to your application in a timely and efficient manner.

Please be advised that we must receive materials in our office by the deadline in order for the materials to be considered on time. Materials are stamped and processed according to the date of receipt in our office, not the postmark date. Please be aware that carriers such as FedEx and UPS deliver directly to our office. The U.S. Postal Service delivers to the general BU mailing center and therefore may take a few additional days to reach the GRS Admissions Office.

Submitted Applications

The GRS Admissions Office processes all documentation within ten business days of receipt. Please be aware that due to the high volume of applications being processed by the Admissions Office during the fall admission cycle, it may be several workdays before we are able to respond to inquiries regarding the receipt of materials.

Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee within each department. Admission and financial aid recommendations are sent to the GRS Admissions Office once the review is completed. The GRS Admissions Office reviews the department’s recommendations to ensure that applicants are academically qualified and required paperwork has been received.


Our Frequently Asked Questions section provides a good resource for answers to the most common inquiries we receive from applicants every year. If you have further questions regarding the general admissions process, please contact the GRS Admissions Office. For all other inquiries, please contact your prospective department.