Continuing Student Status

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy

Students are expected to register for a minimum of one course (at least 2 credits) or Continuing Student Status each Fall and Spring semester until all degree requirements have been completed. Continuing Student status indicates that a student is continuing to pursue degree requirements while not enrolled in any coursework.

Registration for Continuing Study each semester provides appropriate access to and use of the libraries, research laboratories, faculty, and other academic facilities of the University for the purpose of completing such requirements as examinations, research, and thesis or dissertation work. Continuing students who are PhD candidates are entitled to officially audit one course each semester without further tuition charge. Language, physical education, 900-level courses, studio courses, and courses with laboratories may not be audited. Continuing students may also qualify as full time according to the above regulations. Normal part- and full-time fees are also applicable.

Full-time employees at Boston University or elsewhere are not eligible for full-time student status.