All graduate and professional programs are being carefully evaluated to determine the best way to provide you with the educational experience you expect at Boston University. The overarching mission is to offer as many graduate programs as possible in a pedagogically responsible way and guided by best public health practices.

Boston University is seeking ways to establish modes of academic engagement that will satisfy advanced-degree students in these complex times. To that end, this fall will mark the launch of a new simultaneous in-person and remote hybrid teaching system called Learn from Anywhere (LfA), allowing many students unable to get to Boston by the fall semester, for whatever reason, to still fully participate and be completely up to date when they are able to return. Some programs, including PhD programs and clinical- and practicum-dependent programs, may not be available in the LfA format.

Descriptions of the ways your program may be offered in the fall semester are listed on BU’s Graduate Education website. Incoming and returning students should consult the current list of programs to determine what category their program falls into. As always, if you have specific questions about your program, please contact your school or college for guidance.

Master’s and Professional Programs

Learn from Anywhere

Boston University will offer classes on campus in Boston, with appropriate physical distancing, and will also make it possible for many students to participate remotely using a new format called Learn from Anywhere (LfA). Graduate and professional students in most of our programs who are not able to get to Boston by the first day of the fall semester, for whatever reason, will be able to fully participate in their program; they can be completely up to date when they are able to sit in a Boston University classroom.

Clinical, Practicum, Field Education, and Performance-Based Programs

Some of BU’s master’s and professional programs may require students to be on campus in the fall semester. Generally, these programs have classes and/or experiential learning components that must take place in person. Consequently, these programs are not included in the Learn from Anywhere model. Please check the Graduate Education website and the list of programs offered to see how your program is being offered this fall. Guidelines for Field & Off-Campus Research and Return to Face-to-Face Experiential Learning have been developed.

PhD Programs

Most PhD students at Boston University will be able to participate in coursework via Learn from Anywhere (described above) this fall. In general, however, students must be on campus to receive their stipend. For more information, please visit our PhD Program Guidance for Fall 2020. If you have questions that are not answered by these FAQs, please contact your PhD program directly.

Classrooms & Teaching

Residential education is core to the mission of Boston University for both our undergraduate and graduate and professional students. The University has a long-standing commitment to residential education and to the in-person engagement of faculty, students, and staff. Our expectation is that PhD students in Teaching Fellow (TF) roles will be on campus to perform their duties this fall. In partnership with our Medical Advisory Group, subject-matter experts across BU, other similarly situated universities, and local public health authorities, we are developing wide-ranging measures to help protect the health of our community on our campuses and in our classrooms. Key components of our health and safety plan include:

  • An on-campus COVID-19 testing facility with the capacity to test all BU students, faculty, and staff. Details about testing frequency and locations are still being finalized and will be shared with the community as soon as they are available
  • A symptom-monitoring daily screening website to encourage all community members to actively monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Required use of face coverings and physical distancing at all campus locations
  • Building-specific reopening plans that include signage, visual cues, and dedensification where necessary
  • A systematic plan to dedensify class sizes, which includes furniture removal/rearrangement and technology installation, to conform to safe social and physical distancing guidelines
  • A comprehensive review of all HVAC systems, upgrading filters as needed; and
  • A planning effort, currently underway, to establish new maximum occupancies for all classrooms and appropriate physical distancing for faculty and students