FAQs about Graduate Admissions & Financial Aid

Financial aid

Q: How do I apply for a scholarship or financial aid?
A: The Application for Admission also serves as the application for financial aid. Just check the “yes” box on the application beside the question “Do you wish to be considered for Boston University financial aid?”

Deadlines

Q: What is the deadline for submitting an application?
A:
Doctoral (Ph.D) Program Deadlines
Fall semester admission: December 15th
Spring semester admission: There is no Spring Ph.D admission

Masters (M.S.) Program Deadlines
Fall semester admission: May 1st
Spring semester admission: November 1st

An application is complete only if all required materials are received. For a list of required materials, please refer to the application instructions included with the Graduate Application for Admission. Please also note that the application fee must be paid for an application to be processed.

Q: Will my application be considered if any of the required materials are missing?
A: No.

Q: How can I find out if my application is incomplete?
A: First make sure that you have received an acknowledgment of receipt of your application mailed to you from the graduate school. If you have not, email grs@bu.edu. If you have received an acknowledgment of receipt, then you can send email to gradapp@cs.bu.edu. Due to the volume of applications received, we request that applicants do not telephone the department regarding their application.

Required Tests

Q: Is the GRE required?
A: All applicants must take the GRE General test (no specific minimum score is required). The Computer Science subject test is not required.

Q: Is the TOEFL required for all international applicants?
A: All applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. Applicants may take the paper-based, computer-based, or internet-based test. For the paper-based test, a minimum score of 550 is required. For the computer-based, a minimum score of 213 is required. For the internet-based test (IBT), a minimum score of 84 is required, with minimum scores for each section.

Q: Is it acceptable to send a photocopy of my test scores with my application?
A: No. Applicants must arrange to have official test scores sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate School. Photocopies cannot be used as a substitute.

Admission Decision and Notification

Q: When are admissions decisions made?
A: Admissions decisions are typically completed by April 15 for fall admission, or December 1 for spring. Due to the volume of  applications received, we request that applicants do not inquire about their applications before these dates.

Financial Aid Decision and Notification

Q: I got an acceptance letter, but it says that a financial aid decision is pending. What does this mean?
A: Scholarship and financial aid decisions are made separately (after the admissions decision). All admitted applicants compete for scholarships, based on the merit of their application. Generally, decisions are mailed near the end of the admissions cycle. This means that if you are selected for a scholarship award, then the notification letter should arrive by April 15 for fall admission, or December 1 for spring.