Admissions Policies

Graduate student policies including transfer credits can be found in the Bulletin

Prerequisites

Master’s: Applicants for Master’s degree programs must hold a bachelor’s degree or an international equivalent from an accredited institution prior to enrollment.  Additionally, MAT applicants must meet prerequisite requirements for their subject area.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study: Applicants for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study must hold a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree or the international equivalents from accredited institutions prior to enrollment.

Doctor of Education: Applicants for the Doctor of Education must hold a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree or the international equivalents from accredited institutions prior to enrollment.

Application Fee

There is an application fee of $80 for each application submitted.  The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. To request an application fee waiver, please email sedgrad@bu.edu. Please be aware that fee waivers are rarely granted.

If you are a Boston University employee, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office prior to submitting your application to request a fee waiver. Do not submit your application until you have contacted the Graduate Admissions Office.

Applying to Multiple Programs

Applicants are discouraged from applying to multiple programs for the same semester.

Applicants applying to multiple programs must submit individual applications (including the application forms, Statement of Qualifications & Objectives, and the application fee) for each program. Applicants may share transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of reference among all applications for a given semester. Applicants may submit different letters of reference for each application if desired.

Final Decisions

All official final decisions will be released to the applicant by hard copy letter. Official admissions decisions will not be released via phone, email or fax. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), admissions decisions will only be released directly to the applicant.

Reapplying

Reapplying to the same degree and program as previous application:

Applicants reapplying to the same graduate degree and program at Boston University School of Education (SED) within one year of a previous graduate application to SED should submit a new application. On the new application, in the Additional Information section, applicants should indicate that they are reapplying.  Reapplicants will not be required to submit the following:

  1. Standardized test scores (unless expired or you have new test scores)
  2. Transcripts (unless additional coursework has been completed, or if you applied prior to completing your undergraduate degree)
  3. References (you may submit updated references at your discretion)

Applicants reapplying after the one-year period must submit an entirely new application.

Reapplying to a different degree or program from previous application:

Applicants reapplying to SED within one year of a previous graduate application, but to a different degree or program should submit a new application.  On the new application, in the Additional Information section, applicants should indicate that they are reapplying.  Reapplicants are not required to submit the following:

  1. Standardized test scores (unless expired or you have new test scores)
  2. Transcripts (unless additional coursework has been completed, or if you applied prior to completing your undergradute degree)

Applicants reapplying after the one-year period must submit an entirely new application.

Returning Application Materials

All application materials and supporting documents submitted to Boston University School of Education become the property of the school. We cannot return material to an applicant or forward any material to a third party outside the school.

Deferrals

Admission may be deferred for up to one year.

Scholarship and Fellowship offers may not be deferred to a future term.  Applicants who are awarded scholarship or fellowship funding and choose to defer admission may request to be reconsidered for funding for the term to which they deferred.

Applicant Contact Information

It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the Graduate Admissions Office if personal contact information changes at any time after the application is submitted.  Applicants may submit updated personal contact information via e-mail to sedgrad@bu.edu. Contact information updated directly on the online application system will not be received by the graduate admissions office.

Dual Degree Programs

Boston University offers two dual degree programs within the School of Education and the School of Social Work. Students may enroll in the EdM in Special Education/MSW in Social Work dual degree program or the EdD in Special Education/MSW in Social Work dual degree program.

Dual degree applicants must apply to and be accepted by each School separately. Typically, applicants apply and enroll at one School and then apply to the other School after completing one semester. Applicants may also apply to both  schools simultaneously.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Applicants may apply for merit scholarships, endowed scholarships, and doctoral fellowships via the online application system. Some scholarships and fellowships require applicants to submit an additional essay. Please view specific requirements in the Financial Aid section of this site.

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.