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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.
We strongly encourage international students to visit our International Students page before applying. This site contains important information on required documentation for your application.
All personally written documents should be submitted through the online application system. Please do not send any additional paper copies. We recommend that applicants ensure personally written documents are edited and finalized at the time they are submitted.
All materials and documents should be uploaded with your online application. Please note that the only documents that should be submitted via paper instead of through the application system are IELTS scores sent by the British Council.
When you sit for your test, add BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as one of the institutions you would like your score report released to. Please use the following address for this purpose:
BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Test Scores
P.O. Box 9203
Watertown, MA 02471
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 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.