Deadlines & Enrollment Information

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs. Please click on the headings below for information on application deadlines, permitted starting semesters for various programs, and programs which are not currently accepting applications.

Deadline Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply by the recommended deadlines* listed below.

Term Recommended Deadline*
Spring 2014 September 15, 2013: All applicants
Summer/Fall 2014 December 15, 2013: Doctoral applicants
Summer/Fall 2014 January 15, 2014:  Master’s and CAGS applicants

*Applicants are encouraged to apply by the recommended deadline.  There are several benefits to applying by the recommended deadlines.  These advantages include: receipt of an admissions decision on an ideal timeline (i.e. decision in spring for fall applicants), priority consideration for merit scholarships, and sufficient visa processing time for international students.

Recommended vs. Hard Deadlines: Most programs do operate under a rolling admissions policy and applications are accepted beyond the recommended deadlines. Some programs, such as Counseling and Education of the Deaf,  review applications received after the deadlines above on a space available basis only.

University Breaks: Admissions decisions are made by faculty members who may not be on campus during university breaks. Consequently, we are unable to guarantee that application review will take place in a timely manner during Winter Break (approximately mid-December to mid-January) and Summer (approximately mid-May to early September). Please plan your application time accordingly.

Decision Timeline: Typically, admissions decisions are released approximately eight weeks after an application is complete. As stated above, the review process may take longer during the summer and winter breaks. Please note, the Admissions Committee only reviews complete applications.

Application Cutoff Dates: Although our School accepts applications throughout the year on a rolling basis, we do close the application for any given semester approximately six weeks before classes are scheduled to begin. For 2014, these dates will be approximately December 1, 2013 (Spring application) and July 15, 2014 (Fall application). These dates are well beyond the recommended deadline and still may not allow sufficient processing time. Applicants are always encouraged to meet the recommended deadlines above.

Starting Semester Information

SED only accepts applications for the fall and spring semesters.  However, some programs recommend a summer start.  If you wish to apply for a program with a recommended summer start, please apply for the fall term.  If admitted, you will have the option to start your program during the summer 1 or summer 2 term.

Due to course sequence requirements, some programs only admit students for full-time study for the fall and summer semesters. These programs do not admit full-time students to start in the spring semester. For a list of programs starting in fall and summer semesters only, please see below.

  • Deaf Studies-Fall start.  However, most incoming students will be required to complete prerequisite coursework in the summer immediately prior to starting the degree program.
  • Counseling-Fall start.
  • Elementary Education-Summer or fall start.
  • Reading Education-Fall start.
  • All MAT programs-Summer or fall start.

Moratorium Information

When a program is on moratorium, students are not permitted to apply to or enroll in the program for the academic year(s) indicated. For further information on program moratoriums, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at sedgrad@bu.edu or 617-353-4237.

There is a moratorium on applications to the following programs for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years.

  • All programs in Educational Media and Technology
  • MAT in Latin & Classical Studies
  • EdM and CAGS in Policy, Planning & Administration with a sub concentration in Community Education Leadership
  • EdD in Educational Leadership and Development

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.