Graduate Admissions

Want to make the world a better place?  So do we!

Pardee School graduate students work on the big issues for the global future – the issues that matter, the issues that will make a difference in the world not just tomorrow, but a hundred years from now. Our faculty are world-renowned leaders in their fields, and research solutions to the world’s most critical problems.


As a student, you will sit in class with students from China, Russia, Pakistan, Ecuador – the world is here at the Pardee School. And once you graduate, you’ll join a network of alumni that work across the globe on hot-button issues. 92 percent of Pardee School alumni within a year of graduating are either enrolled in a PhD program or employed in government fields, NGOs and the private sector.

Our flexible and challenging MA programs will give you the skills and knowledge to build your global career.

For more information on our MA programs and regional studies centers, view our brochure.

Watch our video to meet our students, hear insight from our faculty and learn what a Pardee School education can do for you.

The Pardee School offers six MA programs with eight functional specializations, two joint degrees, and one regional degree:

Merit-Based Aid

The Pardee School offers generous financial aid for qualified students –  two-thirds of our incoming class received some form of assistance.

ALL applicants, both domestic and international, will be considered for scholarship aid. No additional materials are needed for aid consideration; decisions are based on the application for admission.

University-Wide Merit Aid

Information on University-wide merit based aid for graduate students is available from the Office of the Provost.

External Scholarships

Listed below are a number of outside organizations that offer scholarships for graduate study. This list is not exhaustive; with research, students may be able to find other external sources of aid.

Most of these awards have application deadlines in December or January (some are even earlier), so be sure to plan ahead.

Please note: Boston University is not affiliated with nor does it investigate, vouch for or guarantee any of these organizations.

Student Loans and General Questions

The GRS Financial Aid Office handles all issues pertaining to student loans and is also a good resource for general questions about paying for your BU education.

Tuition and Fees

Most students attend full-time (16 – 18 credits per term) while completing coursework, and pay full-time tuition accordingly. It is also possible to take coursework on a part-time basis, in which case students pay by the class.

Information on current tuition and fee rates is posted here.

Dual-Degree Programs

Applicants interested in one of our dual-degree programs, MA in International Relations/Juris Doctor (IR/JD) and MA in International Relations/MBA (IR/MBA), should contact the Law School or the Questrom School of Business, respectively, for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.

  • Early September  Application system opens to accept new applications
  • Dec. 15                     Deadline for all spring applications
  • Jan. 18                    Priority deadline for aid consideration for fall applications
  • March 15                Second priority deadline for merit aid consideration for fall applications
  • May 1                      Final deadline for fall admission applications

(Qualified applicants will be considered for merit scholarship until May 1 deadline)

For general inquiries, questions about merit-based scholarships and scheduling your visit, contact the Pardee School Graduate Office:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 617-353-9349. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

For technical assistance with the online application system, contact Applicant Support:

For questions about student loans, the FAFSA, and other financial matters, contact the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Financial Aid Office:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 617-353-2696. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. EST.