Application Deadlines

The deadlines to apply for the fall 2019 semester are:

PhD in Emerging Media Studies

  • Priority Deadline: December 15, 2018
  • Application review begins December 15. Please note that the application will be closed when the desired cohort size is reached, most likely prior to March 1.

All Master’s Programs

  • Priority deadline: February 1, 2019 Apply by this deadline for priority scholarship consideration. Students who apply by this deadline will receive their admissions decision in time to attend our Accepted Students Open House in March (should they be accepted).
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until our final deadline: May 1, 2019. We encourage you to submit your application well before the May 1 deadline.

Application Requirements

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $95. The application fee is an application processing fee, not an application consideration fee. If you think you qualify for an application fee waiver, you can apply for one on this page.


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. If you are admitted and decide to enroll, we will ask for an official copy at that time.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation written by people who know you well, and who can speak to your academic and/or professional backgrounds. These letters of recommendation must be sent online via our application service.

International Applicants

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


We require the most up to date resume or CV for all applicants.

Required Standardized Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is required for the following programs:

  • Emerging Media Studies
  • Film & Television Studies
  • International Relations & Communication
  • Mass Communication: Communication Studies
  • Mass Communication: Marketing Communication Research*
  • Public Relations
  • Science Journalism

*Applicants to the Marketing Communication Research concentration of Mass Communication may submit either the GRE or the GMAT.

The GRE is not required for the following programs:

  • Advertising
  • Cinema and Media Production
  • Journalism
  • Media Ventures
  • Screenwriting
  • Television
  • Dual degree JD/MS (LSAT is required)
  • Boston University undergraduates who graduate/d:
    • January, May or September 2018
    • January, May or September** 2019

**Students must complete all requirements for graduation by the end of summer II 2019.

All other alumni will be required to take the GRE.

Our GRE code is 3087. You may take the internet-based GRE up until 10 days before our deadline.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

Applicants to the MS Mass Communication: Marketing Communication Research concentration 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) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Students who received their undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking institution must also take the TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants must receive a minimum score of 100 (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS) for their application to be reviewed. We must receive an official score by our deadline; we recommend taking your TOEFL/IELTS at least 20 days prior to our deadline to assure that we receive the score.

Our TOEFL code is 3087.

Program Specific Requirements

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. Please contact COM Graduate Affairs if you have any questions.

The requirements listed below are in addition to all of the application materials listed above.