Costs & Tuition

Estimate Cost of Attendance 2017–2018 for Graduate Students

Listed below are the various tuition and fee rates for Boston University. We recommend all students to complete the Budget Worksheet to estimate the full cost of attendance and to assist in requesting aid.

Full-Time Study

For full-time status, students must be enrolled in 12–18 credits per semester. Students are charged a standard tuition rate as full-time students.
Below is the University’s estimated cost of attendance. The budget represents average nine-month costs and a standard personal living allowance for a full-time graduate student with no dependents.

Full-Time Student Academic School Year

Item Fixed Cost
Tuition (12–18 credits / semester) $50,980
University Fee (includes Student Services and Health & Wellness fees) $756
Total: $51,736

Estimated Living Expenses
The estimated living expenses are based on the 9 month academic year. Your cost may differ because living expenses vary depending on lifestyle, although as a full-time student the tuition and fees will be consistent.

Item Estimated Cost
Room and Food $13,375
Books and Supplies $1,296
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,050
Transportation $1,120
Direct Loan Fee $220
Medical Insurance* $2,014
Total: $21,750

Course overload: Any credits in excess to 18 credits (19–20) will incur an additional charge per credit. This is non-negotiable.
*All full-time students must enroll in one of the University’s medical insurance plans unless proof of other comparable health insurance is provided. This rate is for the 2016–2017 BU Student Basic plan.

Part-Time Student for Academic School Year

For part-time status, students must be enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester.

Item Fixed Cost
SED Day Course** Tuition $1,593 per credit
SED Evening Course** Tuition (offered after 3:30p.m.) $797 per credit
Student Services Fee & Community Service Fee $70 per semester

Estimated Living Expenses
In order for outside expenses to be calculated in your cost of attendance, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. Outside expenses are broken down in a semester basis for part-time students. Please contact Graduate Financial Assistance if you need help establishing your cost of attendance.

Item Estimated Cost
Room & Food $6,687
Books and Supplies $40 per credit
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,525
Transportation $560
Direct Loan Fee $110

Summer 2017

All students studying during the summer semester are considered part-time students and pay per credit regardless of total credit number.

Item Fixed Cost
Tuition for SED Course** $660 per credit
Registration Fee $60 per term

In order for outside expenses to be calculated in your cost of attendance, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. Please contact Graduate Financial Assistance if you need help establishing your cost of attendance for the summer term.

Item Estimated Cost
Room & Food $2,229 per term
Books and Supplies $313 per term
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $494 per term
Transportation $201 per term


**Tuition rates for courses offered by other schools within Boston University vary. Please check with the individual school to confirm tuition rates.

Online Courses

All Boston Campus students may take up to 8 credits of approved coursework online. All online courses have a $60/credit technology fee, whether you are a full-time or part-time student. For example, a 4-credit online course will have a technology fee of $240.

Tuition for online graduate students is broken down by credit hour. This tuition structure is based on part-time study (fewer than 12 credits per semester).

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Summer 2017
Tuition $797 per credit $660 per credit
Tech Fee $60 per credit $60 per credit
Student Services Fee $60 per semester $60 per term

Online students can take up to 8 credits of approved coursework on the Boston campus. Please refer to the tuition and fees for part-time students listed in the “Boston Campus Students” section.