Q. Where do I submit admissions materials?

    A. **Do not send materials to the Astronomy Department**. Supplementary application materials should be sent to:

    Admissions Office
    Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

    Boston University
    705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112
    Boston, MA 02215


Q. Do I have to take the GRE?

    A. Ordinarily, official scores from the GRE General Test are required. However, we are aware that the on-going outbreak of the COVID-19 disease has created uncertainty in availability of standardized testing to prospective applicants during the 2020/2021 application cycle. Therefore, for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle, submission of official GRE General Test scores is not mandatory. However, if applicants are able to take the GRE General Test, we encourage applicants to submit the scores using institution code 3087.


Q. Do I have to take the GRE Physics Subject Test?

    A. Students may optionally submit scores from the GRE Physics Subject Test. While not required, official GRE Physics Subject Test scores can be useful for evaluating applicants who have received or anticipate receiving their undergraduate degrees from lesser known institutions or whose degrees do not involve a concentration or major in physics, astronomy or a related field. GRE Physics Subject Test scores can be submitted using institution code 3087.


Q. Do I have to take an English language proficiency exam?

    A. Some applicants may also need to demonstrate proficiency in English. Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for information on the English Proficiency Requirement, or whether you meet criteria for this requirement to be waived.

    Minimum TOEFL Score Requirements:

    • paper-based test: 550
    • internet-based test:
      • Reading section – 21
      • Listening section – 21
      • Speaking section – 21
      • Writing section – 21

Q. Do you accept applications for Spring admission?

    A. Applications for admission to the Astronomy PhD program are for Fall admission only.

Q. What is the deadline for submitting an application to the Astronomy PhD program?

    A. December 15