MA and MS Admissions

Explore the world of ideas. Earn a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at BU.

Message from the GRS Office to our Fall 2020 Applicants
Thank you for your application to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Due to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and our need to prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff during this challenging time, GRS Master’s Admissions and Financial Aid has moved to remote operations. Please be assured that our master’s programs are continuing to work diligently to review applications in a timely manner, and that our GRS staff is working hard to process and deliver admission decisions to our fall 2020 applicants.
You can find important information regarding the impact of COVID-19 for our graduate students, including a guide to university policy and a list of resources, here.
As public health guidance continues to evolve rapidly, our office will continue to provide the latest information as quickly as possible. 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.

Our recovery planning is focused on the fall semester, and the resumption of our on-campus, in-person programs in late August.  We are planning accordingly and will incorporate the best public health practices into those plans so that members of the BU community will feel comfortable and safe on campus upon their return for fall semester. If for some reason public health authorities do not allow universities to re-open their residential campuses at that time, our planning will explore other alternatives, including the possibility of restarting later in the year.

Welcome! Arts & Sciences is Boston University’s largest academic division, the heart of a world-class research university. Our faculty in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are among the world’s most respected professors, researchers, and professionals in their disciplines. Our alumni are leading innovation and research and making an impact in their fields. Our campus is Boston, a city vibrant with history, culture, and diversity, and teeming with potential for connections and careers.

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Qualifications for Admission

Those who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or with equivalent international education may apply.

  • Your undergraduate program should include introductory studies in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; completion of specified courses without credit may be required to make up any deficiency.
  • You may apply to a master’s degree program if you have a bachelor’s degree (if you hold a three-year degree, you may be required to complete a one-year master’s degree program or post-graduate diploma in a relevant subject).
  • You may not enroll simultaneously in more than one graduate program unless the programs are part of a BU-approved combined degree.
  • If you have twice been rejected for admission to the same degree program, you must submit a letter of approval for application from the current director of graduate studies in the department to which you seek admission.


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