Application Deadlines

The deadlines to apply for the fall 2019 semester are:

PhD in Emerging Media Studies

  • The faculty are currently accepting applications and encourage new applicants to apply. The application review began December 15 and will be continuing until the desired cohort size has been reached. This page will be updated when the cohort is full for fall 2019 admission.

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 or when the desired cohort size is reached for certain programs (MFA in Screenwriting, MS in Media Ventures, and MS in Television may fill prior to May 1). 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)

Program GRE Required GRE Not Required
Advertising (MS)
Cinema and Media Production (MFA)
Emerging Media Studies (MA & PhD)
Film and Television Studies (MFA)
Journalism (MS)
Mass Communication: Communication Studies/Media Science (MS)
Mass Communication: Marketing Communication Research (MS) ✓ (or GMAT/CAT)
JD/MS Dual Degree in Mass Communication (JD/MS) ✓ (LSAT is required)
Media Ventures (MS) ✓ (CAT optional)
Public Relations (MS) * *
Science Journalism (MS)
Screenwriting (MFA)
Television (MS)
January, May, or September 2018/2019 Boston University Graduates (all undergraduate programs)

For programs requiring the GRE, BU alumni who have graduated prior to January 2018 will be required to take the GRE (with the exception of Public Relations – see caveat below*).

For Boston University Undergraduates graduating in September 2019, all requirements for graduation must be completed by the end of Summer II, 2019.

*Note about GRE Requirement for MS in Public Relations applicants:

The GRE will be waived for applicants to the Public Relations program who have the equivalent of a 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have graduated/will graduate from an accredited Bachelor’s degree program at an English-speaking university. All other applicants to the MS in Public Relations program are required to take the GRE.

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

India’s Common Admission Test (CAT)

We will accept India’s CAT scores (results declared in January 2017, 2018, or 2019) in place of the GRE and GMAT for the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Public Relations
  • Master of Science in Marketing Communication Research
  • Master of Science in Media Ventures*

Official scores can be emailed to or mailed to:

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

*Submitting CAT scores for the MS in Media Ventures program is optional. GRE/GMAT scores are not required to apply to the Media Ventures program.

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 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.