Ready, set, go!

Here are the first steps to complete before arriving at BU.

Checklist for Incoming PhD Students


Administrative Information

Not sure what a Terrier Card is? Curious how to set up your email account? Keep reading!

Terrier Card (BU ID)

BU Email Account

Compliance 2021


Health Requirements and Insurance FAQs

CDS Admitted PhD Student Handbook



Linked below are step-by-step instructions for how to register for classes, how to submit your proof of degree, and more.

Course Registration

Proof of Degree


Finance Information

See below for guidance on taxes, stipends, and more.

Tax Information

Stipend FAQ

2022-23 Graduate Federal Direct Loan Request


Research/Lab Rotations

The PhD in Computing & Data Sciences includes registration in two lab/research rotation experiences under the supervision of a CDS faculty member. Each rotation takes place over a 14-week period for students and requires accompanying enrollment in CDS DS 991 or CDS DS 992. The student’s responsibility consists of approximately 15-20 hours per week involvement in the research activities of the lab for a 14-week rotation.

Teaching Fellow Information

TF Expectations