Cross Registration

Registration for Courses On-Campus

Cross-registration is a formal agreement between Boston University and several local colleges and universities whereby BU students can attend courses at other institutions, and students from other institutions can attend courses at BU. The primary schools in the cross-registration consortium are Boston College, Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Hebrew College. The following are some general guidelines:

  • Students are eligible to cross-register for one course per semester.
  • Students may not register for LAW, MED, SDM, PDP, or online courses.
  • Cross-registration is only available during the fall and spring semesters; no summer cross-registration.
  • Only matriculated students are eligible for cross-registration.
  • Students are charged by their home institution.
  • Part-time BU students will be charged the prevailing standard day rate.
  • Full-time BU students who exceed 18 credits will be charged the prevailing standard day rate.
  • Students must obtain four authorization signatures to complete cross-registration:
    1. Home Registrar's signature to verify student's matriculation and good standing.
    2. Advisor's or dean's signature to verify the student's department has given authorization
    3. Course instructor's signature.
    4. Host Registrar's signature
Cross registration form
Cross registration guidelines and rules

Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) students at Boston University’s Metropolitan College can register for elective courses outside of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, and in most schools and colleges of Boston University, with prior approval of the instructor and the graduate student adviser. MCP students can take up to 12 credits, and MUA students can take up to 4 credits, outside of the Department of Applied Social Sciences. All courses must be graduate-level, and students are responsible for securing the approval of the instructor prior to registering for the course.

Explore the range of courses, programs and research conducted across the Boston University Campus by selecting any of the links listed below. What follows are the Departments, Programs and Research Centers at Boston University that offer graduate-level courses and conduct research that are relevant to the MCP and MUA:

Links to Relevant Courses, Programs and Research

Registration for Courses Off-Campus

Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) students at Boston University’s Metropolitan College can choose electives toward their degree from the consortia of Boston-area graduate schools.  MCP students can take up to 12 credits, and MUA students can take up to 4 credits, at the following universities and colleges: Tufts University, Boston College, Brandeis University, and Hebrew College.

Students who want to take a course at a consortia school need to secure approval of the instructor and the Metropolitan College graduate student adviser prior to registering. A formal request to cross-register for a course outside of Boston University must be submitted and filed with the Department of Applied Social Sciences. Cross-registration courses will not immediately appear on student transcripts, but will be credited towards the degree if a B- or higher is granted by the instructor. For details, contact Enrique Silva at ersilva@bu.edu.