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 Requirements

Personal Statement

Write an essay explaining why you want to study Applied Communication Research. Include your personal experiences, what you expect to be doing professionally five years from now, what you expect from a career in the field, why you chose the B.U. College of Communication and how you expect your studies to help you in achieving your goals. Limited to 750 words.

Mass Communication: Communication Studies Requirements

Personal Statement

Write an essay explaining why you want to study Communication Studies. Include your personal experiences, what you expect to be doing professionally five years from now, what you expect from a career in the field, why you chose the B.U. College of Communication and how you expect your studies to help you in achieving your goals. Limited to 750 words.

Public Relations Requirements

Personal Statement

Write an essay explaining why you want to study Public Relations. Include your personal experiences, what you expect to be doing professionally five years from now, what you expect from a career in the field, why you chose the B.U. College of Communication and how you expect your studies to help you in achieving your goals. Limited to 750 words.

Advertising Requirements

Personal Statement

Personal Statement
Write an essay explaining why you want to study Advertising. Include your personal experiences, what you expect to be doing professionally five years from now, what you expect from a career in the field, why you chose the B.U. College of Communication and how you expect your studies to help you in achieving your goals. Limited to 750 words.

JD/MS Mass Communication Requirements

Personal Statement

Write an essay explaining why you want to study Law and Mass Communication. Include your personal experiences, what you expect to be doing professionally five years from now, what you expect from a career in the field, why you chose the B.U. College of Communication and how you expect your studies to help you in achieving your goals. Limited to 750 words.

Journalism Requirements

Journalism Requirements

Personal Statement

Write an essay explaining why you want to study Journalism. Include your personal experiences, what you expect to be doing professionally five years from now, what you expect from a career in the field, why you chose the B.U. College of Communication and how you expect your studies to help you in achieving your goals. Limited to 750 words.

Science Journalism Requirements

Personal Statement

Write an essay explaining why you want to study Science Journalism. Include your personal experiences, what you expect to be doing professionally five years from now, what you expect from a career in the field, why you chose the B.U. College of Communication and how you expect your studies to help you in achieving your goals. Limited to 750 words.

Periodicals Requirements

Personal Statement

Discuss any websites, magazines, blogs, newspapers, or other periodicals that you read regularly. What do you think of them? What is your favorite book, and who is your favorite author? How has she/he influenced your life and future plans? In a separate section, please include what social media you use (if any), and how you could apply that medium to your future profession.

Film & Television Requirements

Television Requirements

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

Tell us about yourself and why you are specifically interested in Boston University’s Media Ventures Program. How does this program fit into your career plans? Limited to 750 words.

Case Study

Since a large component of the Media Ventures program involves the development of an original thesis project, the challenge below is meant to give the selection committee a sense as to how you would approach a creative assignment based on a media brand.

Overview

Without question, Google and Facebook are two of the world’s most popular, successful and widely recognized media brands. However, not too long ago, two other companies held market-leading positions as the world’s top search engine and social media site: Yahoo! and MySpace.

Within the span of a decade both Yahoo! and MySpace fell to the wayside as “newcomers” Google and Facebook changed the way the world searched for information and connected with friends.

Your Challenge

Select either Yahoo! or MySpace and brainstorm three creative ideas to help one of these companies get back in the game and become competitive once more. Think of marketing, content, and/or branding ideas to get users excited again and interested in what MySpace or Yahoo! has to offer. 1,000 word limit.

Screenwriting Requirements

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with screenwriting. 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.

2 Fictional Writing Samples

Submit two samples of your fiction writing. It may be a portion of a screenplay, a short story, a play, a poem, or a portion of a novel. The length should be no more than 30 pages. (Please do not include more than two samples.)

Television Production Requirements

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with film production. 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.

Interview Video

In a four to seven minute video please answer the three following questions:

  • What film, TV series or other media production changed your life and why?
  • Careers in media are highly competitive. What are some personal qualities that you believe will help you succeed in a media production field?
  • What do you hope to take away from our program in terms of skills, output or personal development?

Portfolio Reel

The portfolio serves as an audition. We are interested in your current skill level and your potential as a filmmaker. Your reel should be four to seven minutes. While it is important that your reel showcases your creativity, craftsmanship, and imagination, we are particularly interest in your ability to convey story, mood and character through motion pictures.

Film & Television Studies Requirements

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with film and television studies. 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.

Academic Writing Sample

Submit two academic writing samples, each of at least 750 words in length. The samples should be essays actually submitted to recent arts or humanities courses. Ideally, the samples should be originals or clear photocopies of the actual papers that were turned in, showing the course numbers and names of the instructors, the dates of submission, instructors’ comments in the text and margins, and the grades the papers received.

If the originals or clear copies of the papers are not available, newly printed-out copies of the papers are acceptable. Write on the first page the course name, teacher’s name, date, and grade the paper received (if remembered). If neither originals nor photocopies nor new print-outs of papers from the past five years are available, applicants may submit two newly written essays of 750–1,000 word length. In either case, the essays need not be about film or television.

Discussions of any work of art, artistic movement, or issue in literature, drama, painting, sculpture, television or film are equally acceptable. (Note to international applicants: both essays should be submitted in the English language, but the translation, if necessary, should be done by the candidate.) No one else is allowed to assist in the preparation or correction of the writing samples submitted.

Emerging Media Studies (MA and PhD) Requirements

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with emerging media. Why do you think you’ll succeed in the BU Emerging Media Studies program and beyond?

Writing Sample

Please attach a sample of your writing. Though it may be of any type or length, we recommend that you submit an academic writing sample of no more than 30 pages.


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