Admissions

Application Process

Our application for Fall 2015 opens in September. Our deadline is February 1st. We encourage applicants to send all other application materials in a single admission packet to the College of Communication, Graduate Services Office. All materials must be received by our stated deadlines.

Application Deadlines

January 15: PhD Application Deadline
February 1: Priority Master’s Deadline (for consideration for all scholarships)
May 1: Final Master’s Deadline (no scholarship consideration)

Application Requirements

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $80 (online application only). The application fee is an application processing fee, not an application consideration fee.


Program Requirements/Writing Assignments

In most programs, applicants are not required to have experience in communication industries or in the academic areas of the department concerned. Students from the fields of humanities, sciences, communication and social sciences generally are preferred. Listed below are the program-specific requirements sorted by program. Please contact COM Graduate Services at comgrad@bu.edu, if you have any questions.

Mass Communication, Public Relations and Advertising Requirements

Mass Communication: Applied Communication Research : Personal Statement
Mass Communication: Communication Studies : Personal Statement
Public Relations : Personal Statement
Advertising : Personal Statement

Journalism Requirements

Journalism (all programs with the exception of Science Journalism): Personal Statement
Science Journalism : Personal Statement, Periodicals essay, Communication Experience essay

Film & Television Requirements

Television : Personal Statement (and TV Writing Sample, if applying to the TV Producing/Writing Track)

Personal Statement
Tell us about yourself and your experiences with television. Why do you think you’ll succeed in the BU Television program and beyond?
Your statement should be no longer than 750 words and double-spaced, please.

TV Producing/Writing ONLY
If you are applying to the TV Producing/Writing concentration, please complete this additional writing sample:
TV Writing Sample
Applicant will select an American situation comedy series or dramatic series that is currently being aired with original episodes. Create a storyline for this series episode. Write no more than three pages of dialogue for the story you created. You are only required to submit the three pages of dialogue, not the story.
On the top of your submission, write your name, the title of the series that you are submitting, and a one-sentence logline. (A logline is a one-sentence description of your series episode storyline)
It is also possible that based upon your writing sample you will be required to have a Skype conversation with a television professor.

Media Ventures (MS and MS/MBA) Requirements : Personal Statement
Screenwriting : Personal Statement and 2 Fictional Writing Samples
Film Production : Personal Statement, Interview Video, and Sample Reel
Film & Television Studies : Personal Statement and 2 Academic Writing Sample

Emerging Media Studies Requirements

Emerging Media Studies (MA) : Personal Statement and Writing Sample
Emerging Media Studies (PhD) : Personal Statement and Writing Sample


Transcript(s)

An official transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate record listing the degree conferred. In addition, we require all transcripts from colleges and/or universities attended that count toward any degree (beyond high school). A college senior should submit an official report of work completed in the first semester of the senior year as soon as it is available. All transcripts must arrive in signed and sealed envelopes within the admission packet and must be in English or an official translation. All transcripts should have a letter from the Registrar of the school indicating what the GPA is on a 4.0 scale.

We require a copy of your transcript to be uploaded within our online application. In addition, we require all transcripts from colleges and/or universities attended that count toward any degree (beyond high school). A college senior should submit an official report of work completed in the first semester of the senior year as soon as it is available. All transcripts must be in English or an official translation. All transcripts should have a letter from the Registrar of the school indicating what the GPA is on a 4.0 scale. If you are admitted and decide to enroll, we will ask for an official copy at that time.


Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, written by people who know the applicant well, preferably professors and/or employers. These letters of recommendation are to be sent online via our application service. We do not accept e-mailed or faxed recommendations.


International Students

International students must fulfill additional requirements to be considered for admission. Please review our International Student admissions requirements before applying.

Required exams

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is required for all students, with some exceptions (see the GMAT information below). Our GRE code is R7090. You may take the internet-based GRE up until 10 days before our deadline.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

Applicants to the MS Program in Media Ventures, the dual degree (MS/MBA) Media Ventures program, and the Applied Communication Research concentration of the MS Program in Mass Communication may take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) in place of the GRE.

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

Applicants to the JD/MS in the Mass Communication Program must take the Law School Admissions Test (test results for all programs are valid for four years).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Students who received their undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking institution must also take the TOEFL (in addition to the GRE. Please see our International Admissions requirements for more information). We must receive an official TOEFL score by our deadline; we recommend taking your TOEFL at least 20 days prior to our deadline to assure that we receive the score.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Students are able to take the IELTS instead of the TOEFL. We require a minimum score of 7.0 for your application to be reviewed. We recommend taking the IELTS at least 20 days prior to our deadline.


Mailing address

Boston University
College of Communication
Graduate Admissions & Services
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Email: comgrad@bu.edu