Master’s Admissions FAQs

Application Information - Deadline
What is a complete application?
Additional Forms for International Students
Application Decisions
Recommended Background
Contacting Faculty
Student Organizations

Application information

How can I get an application?

All applications are now online. You can apply to our master’s programs by going here:

www.bu.edu/cas/admissions/graduate/apply

For more information about the online application process, you should contact the Graduate Admissions Office at:
grs@bu.edu

or

Admissions Office
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Boston University
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112
Boston, MA 02215
U.S.A.

Telephone: 617-353-2696

Application Deadline

What is the deadline for applications to be submitted?

Fall Consideration:

All applications must be complete and received by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) by March 13, 2015 for Fall consideration to our master’s programs.

However, it is strongly recommended that international applications and all required credentials be submitted by January 5.

Additionally, international applicants to the MA, MAEP and MAGDE programs may be eligible for consideration for the Lu Lingzi Scholarship, which commemorates a talented BU master’s student whose life was tragically cut short in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Your application must be complete by January 5 if you wish to be considered.

Spring Consideration:

All applications must be complete and received by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) by October 1 for Spring consideration to our master’s programs. On-line applications can be submitted beginning September 1.

**It is strongly recommended that international applications and all required credentials be submitted by mid-September.

http://www.bu.edu/cas/prospective-students/graduate-admissions/apply/application-checklist/

The Master of Arts in Global Development Economics program (MAGDE) does NOT accept applications for the Spring Semester.

Strict Application Review Policy:

Please note that we will not review or evaluate incomplete applications, and we will not review or evaluate applications for candidates who did not pay the application fee. Applications must include all components. No component will be waived for any applicant. Such applications will be withdrawn and no admission decision will be made. We do not do pre-evaluations by email. Additionally, we do not accept late applications. There are no exceptions to these policies. We encourage all applicants to use the online application system. The application form, recommendation letters, and statement of purpose can all be submitted online. Transcripts must be mailed in hard copy. Additionally, recommendation letters may be sent in hard copy. Standardized test scores (GRE and TOEFL) should be sent to BU directly from ETS.

Please do not send any materials directly to the Economics Department.

All admissions materials should be sent to:

Graduate School of Arts Sciences
GRS Admissions Office
Boston University
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tel. 617-353-2696
Fax 617-358-0540

What is a complete application?

The Master’s Admissions Committee reviews your complete application before making a decision. A complete application must include the following:

Submission of Materials

Please review Graduate Exams and Scores for more information about the minimum recommended scores and submission of test scores.

Please DO NOT send any materials directly to the Economics Department. All admissions materials should be sent to:

Graduate School of Arts Sciences
GRS Admissions Office
Boston University
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tel. 617-353-2696
Fax 617-358-0540

For more information, see the GRS Admissions website and Frequently Asked Questions International Students.

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Application Decisions

When will I hear from BU?

Submitted applications and credentials will be processed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) and forwarded to the Economics Department within two weeks of receipt by GRS Admissions.

Fall Admission Applicants:
We evaluate applications in the order in which they are completed.

Thus, an application that is completed on January 5 will be evaluated before an application that is completed on January 10, for example.

Please note that by ‘complete’ we mean that the application form, application fee, and all required credentials have been received. For example, an application that is received on December 15 but for which we do not receive the GRE test results until January 15 will be processed after an application which was submitted and complete as of January 2.

For Fall Semester admissions, we receive over 500 applications each year. As a result, it does take us a considerable length of time to finish processing all of the applications. We will evaluate your application as quickly and reasonably as possible. We normally complete evaluations of all applicants who met the application deadline by late April, which means that applicants should hear from us by May.

Spring Admission Applicants:
For Spring Semester admissions, we normally complete evaluations of all applicants who met the October 1 deadline by late November, which means that applicants should hear from us by December.

It is strongly recommended that international applicants submit a complete application by September 15 and sit for the GRE and TOEFL at least two months before the application deadline.

Recommended Background

Students applying for entry into the Master’s Programs should have or be expecting a bachelor’s degree in economics, economics and mathematics, or a closely related discipline (from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences). They are normally expected to have passed some advanced undergraduate preparation in economics that includes one year of intermediate macro and microeconomic analysis and courses in statistics, calculus, and linear algebra.

What are the basic economics and math requirements/recommendations?

The master’s programs admission committee strongly favors applicants with good analytic and quantitative background.  Knowledge in calculus and multi-variate calculus, linear algebra, probabilities and statistics, differential equations, as well as intermediate level micro- and macro- economics will all be extremely helpful for your success in the program.  Familiarity with computer programming is also valuable, but not essential.

What if I do not have have a bachelor’s degree in economics, economics and mathematics, or a closely related discipline? Can I still apply for the Master’s program?

In the past occasionally we have had law, music, history, and other non-economics majors in the program who have done well in economics and math-related coursework previous to their application.

What are the most important characteristics that you look for in an applicant to the master’s program?

The entire application is reviewed and considered. All components of the application – including quality of preparation, courses taken and grades received, minimum of two letters of recommendation, the personal statement and GRE test scores – are all important to the admission committee.

 

 

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Contacting Faculty

Contacting the Director of Master’s Programs:

Is it useful for me to contact the Director of Master’s Programs concerning my application?

If you want to alert the Director of Master’s Programs of some information relevant to your application, please send an email to econma@bu.edu.This material will be placed in your file, where it will be reviewed by our faculty. However, in view of the large number of applications to the master’s programs (over 500 last year), it can take several days for us to respond to your email.

Contacting the Director of the Graduate Program:

If I have questions concerning the graduate program and its requirements, should I contact the Director of the Graduate Program (currently Pierre Perron)? 

If you have questions concerning the structure of the master’s programs, please send an email to econma@bu.edu.

Contacting other economics faculty:

Is it useful for me to contact individual faculty concerning my application during the application process?

In general, at U.S. institutions, individual faculty do not play an important role in the admissions process, so that emails to them are not encouraged. If your faculty advisor emails a member of the BU faculty concerning your application, perhaps attaching a copy of a recommendation letter, then this may be valuable in some cases.

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Student Organizations

Graduate Economics Association (GEA)

The GEA assists students in the graduate program in economics and provides peer resources on a variety of topics.

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