The Registrar’s Office, located in Suite 108 at 745 Commonwealth Avenue, values the privacy of all students and is dedicated to providing quality assistance and service. The staff of Suite 108 welcome inquiries and will respond as promptly as possible. Please note that all paperwork requires a 24-48 hour turn around time at minimum. Appointments to talk with the Registrar may be made by signing up in Suite 108, by phone (617-353-3053), or by email (email@example.com).
How to Register
Incoming Student Registration
Incoming students register for courses in their first semester of their degree program in one of two ways:
- Register before orientation: See email sent in the first week of July.
- Register at orientation: Incoming students can also register for courses in their first semester of their degree program at New Student Orientation (last week of August) at which time students will be guided through the STH registration process. The Registrar will register all incoming students; no advanced registration is required. After a student’s first semester of coursework, he or she is responsible for following the registration steps of returning students.
Returning Student Registration
All returning STH students are required to register themselves online. There are four steps to registering as a returning student:
- Review your academic work and your degree requirements by filling out the appropriate Plan of Study. Select your courses for the next semester by visiting the online University Class Schedule or through the Boston Theological Institute. Fill out the Permission to Register Form with the courses that you would like to take in the coming semester (instructions for completing the form and review of financial aid eligibility are on the back of the Permission to Register form).
- Schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor. Bring your Permission to Register Form and your Plan of Study to your scheduled appointment with your advisor; the signature and approval of your advisor is required on both forms!
- Once you have determined your next semester schedule in consultation with your advisor, submit your signed Permission to Register Form, Plan of Study Form, Religious Affiliation Report Form and an unofficial copy of your transcript to the Office of Registration and Financial Aid, Suite 108. Please note, BTI cross registration forms must be completed and attached at this time. Also, if you intend to change your student status from full-time to part-time, you must let our office know. This may affect your financial aid.
- After thorough review of your transcript and paperwork by the Registrar, your forms will be returned to your STH mailbox with your advising access code (AAC). You must officially register yourself using the University WebReg system. The Permission to Register form will be returned without the AAC if it is incomplete, is missing the signature of your official academic advisor, or if there is a problem with your academic transcript from a previous semester.
Doctoral students who have completed coursework should register for a 2-credit directed study with their advisor each semester until graduation. Students submit their registration materials (with advisor’s approval) to the Registrar. The Registrar will register the student (students cannot register themselves for directed studies).
Registration dates can be found here: http://www.bu.edu/reg/dates/. Once you receive your approved registration form containing your advising access code (AAC), you will be able to process your registration using the WebReg system via the Student Link. You will only be officially registered once this process is complete. Registration and payment deadlines are strictly enforced for all students. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a Late Fee, charged by the Office of Student Accounting Services. The registration and payment deadlines are listed on the Student Accounting Services Website. Registration after the first day of classes is at the discretion of the faculty and the School of Theology registrar and can only be done through a petition process.
Registration Forms and Plans of Study
All students use this form to register in any semester. Signature of the advisor is required before one can obtain his or her AAC code to register online. The back page gives guidelines and deadlines that are important for the registration process each semester. Along with the above permission to register form, students must submit each semester the appropriate plan of study from the table below:
Plan of Study Forms for Certificate Programs:
Evangelism; Music Ministry; Spiritual Formation
- Directed Study Criteria This form contains information regarding the criteria, qualifications, and information regarding who is eligible for registering for a Directed Study.
- Directed Study Numbers (Fall & Spring Semesters) Student’s advisor and the professor student is doing a directed study with MUST sign off on the directed study before student will be eligible for registration in any directed study.
- General Petition Form The general petition form is utilized by students in every degree program. Fill in the document with your petition/request; before returning your petition to the Office of Registration and Financial Aid, student’s are responsible for collecting the signatures of one’s advisor (and depending on the request the appropriate additional faculty).
- Agreement for Extension to Complete Coursework (Incomplete) This form is used for students who request to take an incomplete in a course during the semester for some serious reason beyond the student’s control. This petition with the student’s, faculty member’s, and advisor’s signatures should be turned into the Office of Association Dean of Academic Affairs by the second-to-last week of classes. The petition will then be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
- Comprehensive Examination Report This form is most frequently used by MTS and STM students. MTS students need to obtain this form before their MTS Oral Comprehensive Examination (requirement for graduation from the MTS degree program). The two faculty administrating the oral exam need to sign the form indicating the passing or failure of the student’s exam. The form is then returned to the Office of Registration and Financial Aid for the updating of the student’s transcript.
- Graduation Application Form (Word document)
Graduation Application Form (PDF)
This form is completed by all students in all degree programs in the semester before a student’s graduation. The form needs to be completed and turned in with the appropriate degree plan of study, a student issued transcript, and a $30 check made out to Boston University. Please see the the Graduation tab under Registration for more information and details regarding Graduation Application deadlines.
- Graduate Response Hooder Form May 2013 This form is completed by all students who have been approved for the tentative graduation list. Please be mindful of the deadline to turn this in at the end of April.
University Compliance: Safe, Settled, Healthy & Knowledgeable
Check the Student Link to ensure you have met these requirements. Students not in compliance will be unable to register for future semesters.
- Boston University requires all students studying on Massachusetts campuses to provide a BUAlert phone number.
- Boston University requires all students to Settle their Financial Obligation each semester.
- Massachusetts law requires that all full-time and many part-time students be Immunized against a number of diseases in order to attend a university in the Commonwealth.
- The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires that all out-of-state students sign an acknowledgement that they have been informed of the law.(Compliance required in the Fall semester only)