BU’s Graduate Student Associations and Clubs

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Hoping to create personal growth while at graduate school? Want to make professional and social connections with like-minded students? Joining a student club or association and becoming involved in BU and Boston communities can enrich your educational experience in various ways.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences supports two distinct groups on campus: The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE). GSO is the official representative body of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Boston University. GWISE strives to create a community that supports and promotes women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Both of these groups are open to all Arts & Sciences graduate students and offer a wide range of academic, professional development, and social opportunities.

Outside of these Graduate School of Arts & Sciences-specific associations, Boston University has a wide variety of groups that can benefit graduate students at our school. 

Some of the associations at BU are specific to your master’s program, allowing students in their respective fields to network and foster a community. 

The Graduate Economics Association (GEA) assists students in economics graduate programs (PhD, MA, MAEP, MAGDE) and provides peer resources on a variety of topics. The GEA also hosts several events during the year and puts in the annual Rosenthal Memorial Lecture.

The Earth and Environment Graduate Student Association comprises graduate students at all levels throughout the Department who advocate for the student body and sponsor community-building activities. 

The BU Student Chapter of the American Statistical Association (BUSCASA) promotes statistical practice and research to unify students across the University who are interested in statistics and provide networking opportunities in both industry and academia. 

The American & New England Studies Student Association fosters community networking and represents student interests to the university as well as to the larger community of American Studies graduate programs and scholars, both regionally and abroad.

The Biostatistics Student Association (BSA) fosters discussions and debates around current issues in the field of Biostatistics, as well as networking with like-minded individuals within Biostatistics and related fields. 


Another group of clubs at BU are multicultural groups, promoting diverse and international students enabling them to connect with other students from their home countries and communities. 

The Graduate Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) was formed to promote academic and cultural exchanges with other communities of different cultures and to enhance communication, interaction, understanding, and friendship within the BU Chinese community.

The Korean Graduate Student Association is an organization of students within the BU community who gather to celebrate and participate in Korean culture.

Additionally, BU houses interest groups, allowing students from all disciplines to participate, debate, and get involved in their interests. 

The Graduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club seeks to provide support, education, and resources to entrepreneurial thinkers at BU.

The Graduate Music Society at Boston University fosters an environment for graduate students of all disciplines to discuss and debate current issues in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology.

The Urban Planning Association hosts social, service, learning, and networking events meant to bolster the sense of community within the program and to further student and alumni interests into the various fields of planning.

BU’s Project Management Club brings together those who want to advance their practical knowledge of project management in fun and interesting ways, providing opportunities for individual and group development with activities and real projects. Anyone at Boston University with an interest in the art and/or science of project management is welcome.

The Graduate Student Advisory Board advises the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs on a range of issues affecting the graduate academic experience. The board meets quarterly with the Associate Provost, sharing concerns of fellow students and ideas for improving graduate and professional education.


Finally, our University has a variety of groups to support minority and underrepresented groups to succeed in their programs and their future careers.

The Minority and International Scientists Organization (MISO) provides a supportive and enriched environment to Boston University’s diverse population of scientists via various social and academic events.

oStem is a national student society dedicated to increasing the participation of queer people in disciplines related to these STEM fields and lines of work. We aim to provide social, networking, educational, and career-building opportunities for queer students, staff, faculty, and allies in the sciences.

The Underrepresented Graduate Student Organization (UGSO) is the only university-wide group for underrepresented minority students and is open to all students who identify as underrepresented in higher education.

Women in Physics aims to highlight the achievements of successful women physicists, educate the physics community on issues relevant to women physicists, encourage a diverse and supportive work environment, strengthen relationships among physicists and other scientists, and support the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) in their stated purpose.

The Women’s Professional Development Committee provides a supportive space to host professional development opportunities for graduate-level women in science at Boston University through establishing and cultivating a network of exemplary mentorship with women in a diversity of scientific careers.  

Attending Graduate School is the best time to get involved in the community, network for your future goals, or create lifelong bonds. Ready to get involved? Check out a full list of graduate student groups and associations here.


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Tamar Ponte

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