Procedures and Timetable

Procedures and Timetable

The department accepts applications for September admission only. The deadline for all applications is January 15. Late applications may be considered.

A complete application will include:

  • Online Application Form
  • All relevant transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation required, three preferred
  • GRE scores (the institution code for the Boston University Graduate School is 3087)
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Writing sample (not more than 40 pages); the sample may be uploaded to the Graduate School website.
  • Statement on foreign language competence (a list of courses or other training you have completed in languages and an assessment of your reading ability in each language–terms such as “beginning”,”intermediate,” “advanced,” “fluent” are acceptable; this statement may be uploaded to the Graduate School website or e-mailed directly to the
  • Do not send admissions material to the History Department. Send your completed forms together with all supplementary application materials to:
    Admissions Office
    Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
    Boston University
    705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112
    Boston, MA 02215
  • A $70 application fee must be paid in order for your application to be considered complete. This non-refundable fee cannot be waived or deferred. Applications will not be considered without the application fee.

Additional information

The departmental Graduate Studies Committee consists of three faculty members.  This committee reads and makes recommendations to the Graduate School on all applications. The process begins in January and continues until all applications received by the January 15 deadline have been considered. Applications are not considered until they are complete, that is, have the requisite letters of recommendation, relevant transcripts, and GRE scores. After a wait for any missing credentials to arrive, the department will send a notice that an application is incomplete; it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all materials are submitted. The committee’s admissions meetings are spaced approximately two to three weeks apart, and admission decisions are mailed to applicants as soon as possible after these meetings.

Financial Aid

Candidates for the terminal M.A. program are not generally offered financial assistance.  All applicants accepted for the Ph.D. program are admitted with a financial aid package, which typically consists of a combination of tuition remission, stipend, and teaching fellowships