Application Deadlines

PhD in Emerging Media Studies

  • The fall 2021 application for the PhD in Emerging Media Studies program is now closed. The fall 2022 application will re-open in September, and the admission committee will begin reviewing candidates for fall 2022 on December 15th, 2021.

All Master’s Programs

  • Priority deadline: February 1, 2021. 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 late March (should they be accepted).
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until our final deadline: May 1, 2021 or when the desired cohort size is reached for certain programs, which could be prior to May 1 (we will list programs on this page if their cohorts fill before May 1). Our application for fall 2021 opens in September.

Mailed Materials

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage applicants to submit materials electronically where possible (i.e. transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation). Application materials can be uploaded directly to your application portal or emailed to Graduate Affairs at

If it is not possible for you to send materials electronically, we ask that you mail them to the following address:

Boston University
Attn: College of Communication, Graduate Affairs
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Application Requirements

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have an impact on your ability to complete certain requirements. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $95. This is an application processing 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 unofficial transcript that shows work completed in the first semester of 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, final copy at that time.

Students admitted into a graduate program in the College of Communication should normally have completed a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution prior to matriculation into the program.

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. We strongly prefer that at least one letter is from a professor who can address your ability to perform in an academic setting. These letters of recommendation must be sent online via our application service.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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

Online Written and Video Questions (through Kira Talent)

Through your responses to video questions and one written question via the Kira Talent platform, we’re looking forward to getting to know more about you. (The written question is separate from a personal statement and/or writing sample required by your program of interest.) This assessment is done in an asynchronous format, so you can complete your responses on your own schedule, before the deadline. You’ll find a link to your Kira assessment in your application.

International Applicants

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

Standardized Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GREs are no longer required for our Master’s programs. However, if you have taken the GRE and would like to submit your scores, our GRE code is 3087. You may take the internet-based GRE up until 10 days before our deadline.

All applicants to the Ph.D. program must include GRE scores in their submitted materials.

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 iBT or IELTS. Applicants must receive a minimum score of 100 (TOEFL iBT) or 7.0 (IELTS) for their application to be reviewed. We must receive an official score by our deadline, therefore 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.


For fall 2021 applicants, Boston University has implemented an alternative option to the TOEFL and IELTS exams. For this application cycle, the College of Communication will accept scores from the Duolingo English Test, an online English proficiency test that can be taken on-demand, remotely from your home computer.

  • After taking the exam, select Boston University Graduate & Professional Programs as a score recipient. You will then need to email our admissions office at with a screenshot of your results and the exact date you have taken the Duolingo test.
  • The cost of the Duolingo Exam is $49 USD.
  • Most questions about the exam can be found on the Duolingo FAQ page (
  • Please be aware that to accept this score in place of official TOEFL or IELTS scores, we will require a minimum Duolingo score of 125.

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. 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.