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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617-353-2696 for assistance, or contact individual staff by email or their direct phone extensions.
The Back2BU Guide for Graduate and Professional Students is a comprehensive guide to returning to campus, including health and safety protocols, accessibility of on campus facilities, and updates on the city of Boston.
Serving as a Teaching Fellow in the Learn from Anywhere format will likely look different than teaching experiences you have had in the past. GRS, in partnership with colleagues across the University are working to provide you with information about these changes to ensure you have a smooth transition into the LfA format.
The Center for Teaching and Learning
To help faculty and TFs during the transition to remote teaching and the Learn from Anywhere framework, CTL has compiled a number of resources available on their website including guides for remote teaching in STEM, Teaching remotely for Accessibility, Equity, & Inclusion, and many more. A comprehensive list of these guides can be found here: http://www.bu.edu/ctl/continuity-of-teaching-resources/
Office of Digital Learning & Innovation
The Office of Digital Learning & Innovation has partnered with the Center for Teaching and Learning to offer regular Lightning Talks which bring together faculty and teaching fellows in discussions of how to best adapt to the LfA framework. These talks can be attended synchronously when scheduled, or you can view their past recordings.
Additionally, DL&I have created a robust set of Faculty Resources for LfA. While these are designed for faculty you will likely find valuable resources here including tours of mock classrooms, technology, and pedagogy resources.
On Campus Research
As of September 2021, BU Campus has fully returned to on-campus research. The Research Recovery Toolkit will provide details about conditions and restrictions.
All University-sponsored domestic and international travel for GRS students for the academic year must be reviewed and approved by the Associate Dean of GRS. To apply for an exception, please complete the form below. Students whose international travel requests are approved by the Dean should consult with the University’s Global Travel Risk Assessment Committee (GTRAC). Please find additional information about this process here.
Boston University’s International Travel Risk Policy provides valuable information and tools for students, faculty, and staff members planning or contemplating international travel. Please consult the policy for:
- Guidance on how to register your international travel plans with Global Programs for planning and emergency support;
- Restrictions on travel to high-risk destinations for undergraduates; and
- Requirements and minimum standards for insurance and emergency evacuation coverage
University-Sponsored Travel to High-Risk Destinations is not restricted, however, graduate students traveling to high-risk destinations and/or their sponsoring units are encouraged to seek advice from the GTRAC to develop steps to help mitigate risks.
Information regarding your fellowship, cost of attendance, and additional options for funding can be found here.
Health & Wellness Resources
While we strive to continue to provide you virtual resources for your coursework and research, we also want to support your overall well-being during this extremely challenging time. Here are some resources to take care of you.
Virtual Resources for Well-being
Sexual Assault Response & Prevention’s (SARP) Crisis Counseling
BU School of Public Health’s Calendar of Community Yoga & Meditation
Wellness & Prevention Services Support for Students in Recovery from Substance Use
Coffee & Conversation with the Howard Thurman Center
Group meetings & appointments with Chaplains through Marsh Chapel
Meditation, Shabbat services, and appointments with Rabbis at BU Hillel
Student Health Services’ Telehealth Medical Services and resources specific to COVID-19
FitRec’s Guide to Keep Moving Wherever You Are
Sargent Choice Nutrition Center’s Nutrition Counseling & Workshops
Resources for preserving mental health in times of social distancing from the American Psychological Association
Boston University is committed to continuing to provide you resources to ensure your academic success during this evolving climate.
Degree Completion Delays
If issues resulting from COVID-19 (such as illness, travel restrictions, and/or BU policy) affects your capacity to make substantive degree progress this semester and you are concerned about the implications on the maximum length of time to degree, please reach out to your program’s DGS and to GRS (email@example.com).
Students who face issues using online platforms to complete their work should contact the Office of Disability & Access Services.
Virtual Resources for Academic Well-being
Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs has created a BU Doctoral Student Slack Workspace. Join to connect with your peers, receive writing support, and ask questions of the Grad Affairs team directly.
Educational Resource Center’s Peer-tutoring, writing assistance, & more
Center for Career Development Appointments, Workshops & Resources
Services and Support for International Students, International Students & Scholars Office
Boston University continues to monitor public health and safety guidelines and will provide the university community information regarding graduation and commencement exercises once we are able to do so.
Following University policy, all dissertation defenses can continue to be held remotely. Please collaborate with your defense committee to find an appropriate solution.
All final approval pages for dissertations should be submitted electronically as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Digital signatures are acceptable using tools such as Adobe Reader.
The Graduate School, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records, Student Services
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112
Malika Jeffries-EL, Associate Dean of the Graduate School