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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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Am I eligible to apply for graduate study at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) at Boston University?

Any well-qualified person with a bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university or with equivalent international education may apply for admission to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). (Applicants who have a three-year bachelor’s degree from an academic institution in India must also have a master’s degree or postgraduate diploma in a relevant field to be eligible for admission.)

Where is the application and how can I apply?

Applications and supporting documents may be submitted through the convenient online system.  In rare cases where an extenuating hardship prevents an applicant from submitting the application online, applicants can call the GRS Admissions Office at (617) 353-2696 for information on how to apply.   Visit the Admissions homepage for more information about the application process.

Where can I get information about the departments at Boston University and their graduate programs?

For all department and degree program information offered by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, please visit our Department and Degree Requirements pages. Information regarding application deadlines for each degree program can be found on our Deadlines page. To view all departments at Boston University and links to their websites, please visit here.

What are the payment options for the application fee?

The online application system requires payment of the $95 application fee by credit card.  In rare cases where an applicant does not have access to a credit card, applicants are asked to contact the GRS Admissions Office at (617) 353-2696.

I am currently a student in another school at Boston University. Do I have to pay the application fee?

All Boston University students are required to pay the application fee, except those students currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Can I apply to more than one graduate program at Boston University?

You may apply to more than one graduate program at Boston University; however, you must submit an application fee and a completed application online, as well as a complete set of required credentials for each program to which you are applying. Please be aware that Boston University does not permit a student to enroll simultaneously in more than one graduate program, unless those programs have been previously approved by the Trustees of Boston University as a combined degree program.

Do I need to submit a separate application to the department in addition to the application submitted to the Admissions Office?

No, you should not submit an application or any supporting credentials to the department. All application materials should be uploaded with your online application.

Are fee waivers granted?

No, the application fee is not waived under any circumstance. Applications will not be considered without the application fee being submitted.

I applied to a graduate program at GRS but was not admitted. Do I need to submit another complete application when I reapply?

Yes, you must submit a complete updated application and the application fee. In addition, your recommendations and transcripts will need to be completed through the current application system.

I would like to withdraw my application. Will the application fee be refunded?

No, the application fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application from consideration. If you are unsatisfied at any point in the application process, please feel free to contact the GRS Admissions Office at or speak directly to one of our staff at 617-353-2696.

I have applied to GRS and would like to know the status of my application. Whom do I contact?

Once the Admissions Office receives the application, it is processed and forwarded to the department for review. This process can take up to ten business days especially in the height of admissions season. Each applicant receives an e-mail confirmation when their application has been forwarded to the department. After allowing sufficient processing time, you can contact the department to which you applied and inquire on the status of your application. Please bear in mind that review of applications may not take place until after the January 15 financial aid deadline, even for those departments with earlier application deadlines.