Graduate Information

We welcome your application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences!  All applications and supporting documents may be submitted through our convenient online application

Applications for Fall 2022 open on September 1, 2021.

Applicants should apply by the deadlines listed below. Applicants who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree are welcome to apply to any of the programs offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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GRS Statement on Holistic Admissions

The occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic affected faculty teaching, student learning, and academic assessment last semester. Given the singular nature of the academic experience in Spring 2020, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences recognizes the disruption caused by COVID-19 and commits to a holistic review of applications in the upcoming academic year. As with many other universities, Boston University went to a pass/fail option for the spring semester. In consequence, our graduate programs respect the choices of students and/or their academic institutions to adopt a pass/fail, credit/no-credit, or similar modified grading option. The admissions committee of each of our graduate programs will be looking, as always, at the entire transcript and the cumulative GPA in their evaluation as well as additional test scores, recommendations, and personal statements, as required by specific programs. We encourage applicants to include special circumstances as well as achievements that may not be apparent due to modified grading policies in their personal statements. This policy has been adopted to ensure that applicants are not differentially evaluated by admissions committee due to the varied impact of COVID-19 on individuals and/or due to the specific grading policies of their colleges/universities.

As part of our holistic approach to admissions, many of our PhD programs no longer require the GRE General Test, while others have suspended the requirement for Fall 2022 applicants.  For those who continue to use it, they do so as part of their holistic review.  While GRE scores may be an essential component of the application for some programs, they are only one of many factors that contribute to your review as an applicant. Our programs consider the personal statement, letters of recommendation, GPA, and other supporting materials, when assessing an applicant’s academic potential and ability.

Please see the list below for details on programs that do not require the GRE.


If you have a question, please contact the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Office by e-mail at or by phone at 617-353-2696.

When creating your account, please be sure to use a permanent, non-school-related email address. You will be contacted through the email address you use to create the account, and correspondence may occur after your access to a school-related email account is disabled.