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PhD and MFA Admissions

Explore the world of ideas. Earn an MFA or PhD from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at BU.

The academic history of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is rich with leaders of research and thought, innovators whose impacts have changed lives. The Graduate School offers MFA programs in Creative Writing, Playwriting, and Literary Translation, and 30 PhD programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In keeping with the collaborative teaching and research culture that exists across BU, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences partners in interdisciplinary graduate programs across the University in areas including molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry; bioinformatics; and neuroscience. Our programs reflects our strength as the heart of a major research university, the devotion of our faculty to teaching and mentoring, and the many advantages of our location in Boston.

We invite you to explore your program of interest.

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Message from the GRS Office
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Boston University has worked hard to make our campus a safe place for our students. BU implemented a series of testing, contact tracing, and compliance programs which have allowed us to keep the prevalence of the virus on our campus well below what public health authorities are reporting for the city of Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and many areas across the United States. Thanks to the dedication of our students, staff, and faculty, we have been successful in maintaining a vibrant on-campus community through virtual events and in-person classes and activities in accordance with safety guidelines

Learn from Anywhere
The Fall 2020 semester marked the launch of our new, simultaneous in-person and remote hybrid teaching system called Learn from Anywhere (LfA), which enabled our incoming and continuing students who were unable to get to Boston by the start of the semester to fully participate and be current in their studies with the use of remote learning technology. Due to LfA’s success and ongoing travel restrictions, Boston University will be continuing this system in the Spring 2021 semester. New and continuing students will have the opportunity to engage in remote learning, in-person learning, or a hybrid format.

Explore Our Current List of LfA Graduate and Professional Programs

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 Back2BU website for the University plan for the spring semester. 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.

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 PhD program if you have a bachelor’s degree (if you hold a 3-year degree, you may be required to complete a one-year’s master’s degree program or post-graduate diploma in a relevant subject).
  • You may apply to any program if you have both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.
  • 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.