Application Deadlines at a Glance

Undergraduate Deadlines

Please visit BU’s Undergraduate Admissions website for Freshman and Transfer deadlines and requirements. For information about audition, portfolio, and artistic review deadlines, please visit the School of MusicSchool of Theatre, or School of Visual Arts.

Graduate Deadlines


Prescreening deadline for most programs December 1. Please refer to the Prescreening Information Page for detailed information.

Prescreening deadline for Opera Institute January 1.

Application deadline for Artist Diploma, Choral Conducting, and Orchestral Conducting programs December 1

Application deadline for all other graduate programs December 15

Application deadline for Opera Institute January 1


  • Directing, Theatre Education February 17
  • Design and Production Programs Rolling admissions after February 17

Visual Arts

  • Art Education (MA On-campus) February 3
  • Graphic Design March 15
  • Painting February 3
  • Sculpture February 3

Online Programs Deadlines

MM in Music Education & MA in Art Education

Each online semester lasts 7 weeks, which allows you to complete two courses in a traditional 14-week semester. Most students complete their Master’s degrees in less than two years.

Term Application Deadline Classes Start
Fall I 2014 July 14, 2014 September 2, 2014
Fall II 2014 September 8, 2014 October 28, 2014
Spring I 2015 November 10, 2014 January 20, 2015
Spring II 2015 January 26, 2015 March 17, 2015
Summer I 2015 March 23, 2015 May 12, 2015
Summer II 2015 May 18, 2015 July 7, 2015

Doctor of Musical Arts

Boston University admits one class per year to the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education online program. Students take 4 credits each 7-week semester and enroll in one course at a time.

Term Application Deadline Classes Start
Fall I 2015 January 5, 2015 September 1, 2015

Pre-College Programs