PhD and MFA Academics

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: A Hub of Intellectual Discovery

Graduate education at Boston University draws on the strength of our faculty, research programs, and facilities, as well as the historical and cultural advantages of our Boston location. With a richly international student body and a faculty fully engaged at the frontiers of knowledge, Boston University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is making serious contributions to the intellectual developments of our time.

Our emphasis is on the individual graduate student, beginning with the proper match among interests, programs, and faculty advisors and continuing with a sustained concern for the student’s development as a researcher, scholar, practitioner, teacher, and professional. We welcome students of every background and viewpoint and strive to provide an environment that supports and encourages their valued contributions. Our programs are designed to build a solid foundation for a successful future both here at Boston University, recognized as one of only 62 distinguished research universities in the United States and Canada by the Association of American Universities, and beyond.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences offers MFA programs in Creative Writing, Playwriting, and Literary Translation, and 30 PhD programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. We invite you to explore the details, programs and requirements, and application deadlines for your program of interest.

Accreditations and Memberships

Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.; is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU); is recognized by the University of the State of New York; and is a member of the following agencies: the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; the American Council of Learned Societies; Universities Research Association; EDUCOM Interuniversity Communications Council; and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.

The Department of Chemistry of the College of Arts & Sciences is accredited by the American Chemical Society; programs in clinical and counseling psychology in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is a charter member of the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States.

Welcome to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is committed to ensuring the continuation of academic engagement and vibrant student life while we continue to address the impacts of COVID-19. Below please find important information regarding the impact of COVID-19 for our graduate students, including a guide to university policy and a list of resources.

For the most comprehensive coverage please visit the BU COVID-19 site. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Please reach out to or by phone at 617-353-2696 for assistance, or contact individual staff by email or their direct phone extensions.

CAS COVID-19 Announcements

The Graduate School, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records, Student Services

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