Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Master's Degree programs?
What is the difference between a Graduate Certificate and a Master's Degree program?
A graduate certificate program is made up of 16 credits (4 courses) in a specific subject area. The completion of the coursework typically indicates the mastering of this specific subject area. Certificates are generally meant for students who are looking to improve their knowledge within a chosen area.
A Master’s Degree program leads to an academic degree. Students are required to take a set of courses core courses that offer a solid advanced understanding of the discipline and then can choose to focus their study in one specific area by declaring a concentration.
Students may take a graduate certificate in conjunction with a related master’s degree program.
Can I tailor my study to one or more areas?
Our programs provide students opportunities to tailor their course of study to meet their particular goals through electives, predefined course alternatives, and concentrations. Students who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program have the option to take a related certificate program in conjunction with their degree program, without reapplication. Please contact your designated program administrator for further details.
Is the online degree held to the same academic regard as the on campus degree?
Yes, the online and on campus degrees both have been created with strict attention to maintaining a high academic standard. The main differences are the way the courses are offered and that online courses are more intense, being seven weeks long instead of fourteen weeks. Students can take courses online, on campus or in a blended format, where students participate online and come to campus five times during the semester. All required MSCIS and MSSD courses are available online. A few of general elective courses may only be available on campus.
What are the program tuition and fees?
Please view current tuition rates for MET College online at http://www.bu.edu/met/admissions/tuition-and-fees/
The tuition and fees can vary in the following situations:
- Taking classes full time (3-4 classes per semester) or part time (1-2 classes per semester).
- Students registering for a full time course load during Fall or Spring will pay a flat rate for tuition while students registering for a part time course load will pay on a per credit basis. MET CS classes are all 4 credits, unless noted otherwise.
- All students are considered to be part time during summer term. Please view the summer term tuition rates here: http://www.bu.edu/summer/tuition-and-fees/
How do I change my program of study?
If you are in a MET CS master’s degree program and would like to change to a different MET CS master’s degree program or in a MET CS certificate program and would like to change to a different MET CS certificate program, you may submit the program change form. Students may not change across program type without reapplication (e.g. cannot change from a certificate to a master’s degree program).