MA and MS Admissions

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

Welcome! At the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences our faculty are among the world’s most respected 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.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers 40 professional MA and MS programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

We invite you to explore your program of interest.

When you are ready to take the next step, we welcome you to apply.

If you have questions, we are here to help. Contact us.

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 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.