Application Components

Applications are only reviewed by the Admissions Committee once all required materials are received.

A complete application for graduate admission generally includes the following:

  • Online Application (Apply online)
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official standardized test score reports, if required*
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
  • Equity & Inclusion Statement
  • Analytical Essay (EdD and PhD applicants only)
  • Non-refundable application fee.

*Please see specific standardized test requirements below.

Please review the following detailed descriptions of application components in order to ensure that you submit the appropriate materials:

The application process is completed online. All required information must be filled out before you will be able to submit your application. Applying to multiple programs within the School of Education is possible, but not encouraged.

Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required. Transcripts must show course titles, dates, and grades.

International Transcripts:
International applicants whose transcripts are not in English should submit the original transcript and an official English translation.

International applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. may also need to submit an official credential evaluation. Typically, credential evaluations are required when the international transcript does not indicate either that a baccalaureate degree has been received or that the degree received is equivalent to a baccalaureate degree.

For further details on transcript submission, please visit the “Instructions” section of the Application Help Pages.

Two letters of recommendation are required. Submitting more than two letters of recommendation is allowed, but not required.

Letters of recommendation should come from individuals with whom you have studied and/or under whose immediate supervision you have worked in a professional capacity, or others who you believe are in a position to offer pertinent appraisal of your skills and ability.

For further instructions on recommendation submission, please visit the Application Help Pages.

Applicants must submit standardized test scores according to the criteria outlined below. Applicants must submit official score reports for all required admissions tests. Due to testing agency processing and mailing times, tests should be taken a minimum of six to eight weeks in advance of any application deadline.

Master’s Programs:

  • The GRE or Miller Analogies test is required only for applicants to the Master of Education in Counseling (School Counseling, Sport Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health). Applicants to all other Master’s programs need not take the GRE or Miller Analogies test.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a university degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

CAGS Programs:

  • The GRE or Miller Analogies test is required for all applicants.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a university degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Doctoral Programs:

  • The GRE test is required for all applicants.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a university degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Graduate Record Examination

Our institution code for the GRE is 3087; we do not use a department code. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that ETS is able to release an official score report to Boston University School of Education. Please note, ETS will report scores for five years after the test date. SED does not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE General Test

Contact Information:
Phone:  1-866-473-4373  or 1-609-771-7670
Website:  www.ets.org/gre/

Miller Analogies Test

Our school code for the MAT is 2352. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that Pearson is able to release an official score report to Boston University School of Education. Please note, Pearson will report scores for up to five years after the test date. SED does not have minimum score requirement for the MAT.

Contact Information:
Phone:  1-800-622-3231 or 210-339-8710
Website:  www.milleranalogies.com

Test of English as a Foreign Language

Our institution code for the TOEFL is 3087; we do not use a departmental code. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that ETS is able to release an official score report to Boston University School of Education. Please note, ETS will report scores up to 2 years after the test date. Please note the following strongly recommended minimum scores. It is highly unlikely that applicants with scores below these minimums will gain admission to the School.

  • Recommended minimum overall TOEFL score for TESOL program: 100 on the iBT.
  • Recommended minimum overall TOEFL score for all other programs: 84 on the iBT.

TOEFL Subject Area Minimum Scores for All Applicants:

  • Writing: 22
  • Speaking: 23
  • Reading: 21
  • Listening: 18

Contact Information:
Phone:  1-609-771-7100 or 1-877-863-3546
Website: www.ets.org/toefl/

International English Language Testing System

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the testing agency is able to release an official score report to Boston University School of Education.

  • Recommended minimum IELTS score for TESOL program: 7.0 overall.
  • Recommended minimum IELTS score for all other programs: 6.5 overall.

Contact Information:
Website: www.ielts.org

Applicants are required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Your resume or CV should contain a summary of relevant job experience and education. You may also include relevant activities, awards, and interests. Boston University does not recommend any particular format.

All applicants are required to submit a statement describing your qualifications for the program to which you are applying and the objectives of your professional career. The statement should be approximately 2 pages, double spaced.

Boston University School of Education is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Comment on these principles in the context of your professional aspirations. The statement should be approximately 2 pages, double spaced.

This is required for Doctoral applications only.

The Analytical Essay should be 500 to 700 words and should identify key arguments on a current educational or social issue pertinent to your field. Include your analysis and conclusions. Cite references that inform your understanding.  This essay may be a new piece of work or a previously written essay.

All applicants applying for full-time study will automatically be reviewed for SED Merit Scholarship. Applicants are also welcome to apply for other scholarship opportunities.  Supplemental essays for consideration for these opportunities should be entered in the “Personal Information” section of the online application. Please review the scholarship descriptions carefully in order to confirm your eligibility.

    Applicants may submit an additional essay with any information they want to bring to the Admissions Committee’s attention. Re-applicants are encouraged to use this essay to discuss how their application has changed and/or improved from the last application submission.

    A non-refundable application fee of $95 is required. Applicants submitting online applications will be prompted to pay by credit card prior to submitting the application. The application is not submitted until credit card information is entered.

    If you have questions about the application process, please visit the Application Help Pages.

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