Graduate Admissions


How to apply

For detailed information about applying for graduate study at Boston University, please visit the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Office website.  There you will find answers to FAQ, additional information for international students, information about fellowships and financial aid, and a checklist of required documents. The department also asks for a writing sample and a list of relevant coursework—more on that below.

Please submit all application materials to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Office where they are first processed. The ETS code for the Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is 3087. Please do not send application materials to the Department of Romance Studies.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply for entry in September 2019 is January 18, 2019.  The department accepts applications for September admission only.


Department Application Requirements by Program

Candidates with BA degrees may apply for direct admission to the PhD program.

In addition to the standard Graduate School admissions forms:

Applicants to the MA or PhD program in French Language and Literature should submit:

  • A writing sample in French of about 10-15 pages, such as an academic paper or thesis excerpt
  • A summary page describing all courses taken in French literature or related fields and the grades earned

Applicants to the MA or PhD program in Hispanic Language and Literatures should submit:

  • A writing sample/academic paper written in Spanish (not more than 15 pages)
  • A summary page of grades and descriptions of all courses taken in the field of Hispanic literature

It is expected that applicants for graduate study will hold a BA degree or its equivalent in a related field. 


How We Evaluate Your Application

Important factors in the department’s ranking of applicants are the breadth and quality of the undergraduate experience, the quality of the personal statement and writing sample, the strength of the letters of recommendation, the evidence of language skills suitable to graduate study, and the suitability of the department’s programs to the particular applicant.

The department continues to look favorably on applications from candidates who have completed or will soon complete a relevant MA degree. However, please note that candidates with BA degrees may now apply directly for admission to the PhD programs in French Language and Literature and Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Please see below for more information about fellowship support.

The department evaluates the GRE and TOEFL scores of international applicants on a case by case basis.



Questions about standardized tests, submitting documents, completing online forms, or other related matters, are best directed to the GRS Admissions office.

For academic and program related questions, please feel free to email the Director of Graduate Studies, Dorothy Kelly.