Master’s Admissions: Additional forms required for international applicants only
1) International applicants must submit the following when you apply:
Proof of English proficiency is required of all international applicants by submitting official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) by the application deadline. This requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment in GRS: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. This waiver does not include undergraduate or graduate degrees earned from an institution in a country listed above while enrolled in a “dual degree” program with an institution in another country. Studying in the medium of English in a country other than the ones previously listed or studying as an exchange student in an English-speaking country without completing a degree program is not sufficient to waive the English proficiency requirement.
All Applicants are urged to take the test at the earliest possible date in order to verify their level of English competence, and at least one month before the application deadline. Retaking the exam after further language training is acceptable, and later results will be substituted for earlier ones in the admissions dossier. TOEFL scores over two years old will not be accepted.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of English proficiency are not eligible for admission. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Please review Graduate Exams and Scores for more information about the minimum recommended scores and submission of test scores.
2) International applicants must submit the following if (and only if) you are recommended for admission:
International Students will be notified by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) Admissions Office to submit the following documents directly to the GRS Admissions Office in order to process the student visa, if you are recommended for admission. You cannot be officially admitted until the GRS receives and processes these documents.
- A completed, signed International Student Data Form or International Applicant Coversheet (available with the online application). Please note that this form cannot be e-mailed or faxed.
- Copy of the personal information page of your current passport.
- Copies of all current visas, if applicable.
- Financial support documentation (Sponsorship Certification Form and Bank Statement)
You must provide a bank statement or other appropriate evidence of financial support adequate to cover travel to and from Boston and for tuition and living costs for at least one full year at Boston University. The Estimate of Expenses can be found on the International Students and Scholars Office website. Please note the minimum amount listed may be increased by up to 5% each academic year. Immigration regulations prohibit most international students from accepting any employment except University appointments during the first year of study in the United States.
Be sure to submit this documentation promptly in order to be certain that there is sufficient time to process the student visa. It is strongly recommended that you send this documentation via express mail (DHL, FedEx, etc.) to the GRS Admissions Office as visa processing sometimes requires two months or more. It is not the policy of Boston University to send visa documents via express mail. Make certain to submit all required documentation for your visa as soon as reasonably possible so that there is sufficient time for your visa documents to reach you through the regular mail. Once the GRS processes these documents and notifies you that you have been officially admitted, they will let you know how you can request your visa documents be sent by express mail, but you must pay the cost of postage.
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
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112
Boston, Massachusetts 02215