Registering for Classes
Registration packets are distributed to students each semester. During the designated early registration periods, a student must make an appointment with his or her advisor and select courses for the next semester. Then the student goes to the department administrator’s office; there the student may obtain an authorization code to register for classes on the Web. The administrator will do the registration online for the student in the course designed for Teaching Fellows.
Boston University graduate students may register for graduate courses at Boston College, Brandeis University, or Tufts University. They make arrangements to enroll in such courses at the Office of the Registrar, 881 Commonwealth Avenue. The instructor from the outside institution is responsible for awarding a grade.
Continuing Student Status
A student who has completed all departmental course requirements must register each subsequent regular semester for continuing student status until all requirements for the degree have been completed. Payment of the Continuing Student Fee each semester entitles the student to use the libraries and consult with academic staff. Note that a student must be registered for any semester in which a degree requirement is completed (such as submission of the research paper or passing the language examination).
Certification of Full-Time Study
A student registered for fewer than three courses or 12 credits but engaged otherwise in full-time study, research, or teaching pertinent to the completion of degree requirements or to gaining competence in the field of study may be certified as a full-time student. A student desiring full-time certification must submit to the Graduate School a completed full-time certification form approved by the advisor and department chair or Director of Graduate Studies.
A student who has reached the time limit for the fulfillment of degree requirements must file a petition for an extension of time; the Graduate School will notify the student when such a petition is required.