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To allow for processing time, international applicants requiring student visas must submit completed application materials and International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) forms at least eight weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Please also note the estimated expenses for international students on the Charles River Campus (applies to graduate and undergraduate).

Graduate Admissions Committees meet on an ongoing basis. Admission is normally granted for September, January, and May of each year. Find out how to apply.

In addition to completing an Application for Graduate Admission, international applicants must submit proof of English proficiency. Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants by submitting official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This requirement is waived for applicants whose native language is English, or for applicants who have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university where the primary language of instruction is English.

Minimum TOEFL Requirements

Unless otherwise indicated by the department/program to which you are applying, the minimum total internet-based TOEFL score is 84, with minimum scores in each section as follows:

  • Reading—21
  • Listening—18
  • Speaking—23
  • Writing—22

The ETS TOEFL institution code for all Boston University Graduate Programs is 3087.

Minimum IETLS Requirements

In addition to the TOEFL, the IELTS is also accepted as proof of English proficiency. The band score of 6.5 is required for admission to Metropolitan College. Applicants submitting IELTS scores will need to contact their testing center and request official test scores be mailed to the following address:

Boston University Metropolitan College
Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 270
Boston, MA 02215

The following documents should be submitted electronically to the department:

  • International Student Data Form
  • Authorized financial statement from a bank (original, shown in U.S. dollars)
  • Copy of current I-20 and I-94, both sides (if applicable)
  • Letter of financial support from sponsor (firm, government, parents, etc.)
  • Notarized English translations of all documents not in English

In certain cases, the Admissions Committee may request an applicant to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

The Admissions Committee may request an official evaluation of international transcripts from one of the following services:

If you have questions about transcript evaluations, please contact the Admissions staff for your program of interest.

We suggest that international students use the Required Documents for International Students Seeking Degree (Matriculated) Status checklist as a reference while collecting the materials listed below. The checklist does not need to be returned with application materials.

International applicants who wish to apply for undergraduate programs must submit the following materials in addition to a completed Application for Undergraduate Admission:

Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received by April 1 for September candidates, or by November 1 for January candidates.

Once you are accepted into a course of study through Metropolitan College, the academic department which you have been admitted to will work to assist you in the visa application process.

Metropolitan College works with the Boston University International Student & Scholars Office (ISSO) to issue visa sponsorship documents to admitted students. Once you receive these documents, you can make an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to request a visa.

This process takes time, and we encourage all international students to submit their applications and visa documentation as early as possible. MET cannot affect the outcome of any visa application.

Massachusetts state and federal law requires all international students to enroll in a health insurance plan that meets strict minimum requirements. All Boston University students are automatically enrolled each year in the Boston University Student Medical Insurance Plan administered by Aetna Student Health.

If you do not wish to participate in the Boston University Medical Insurance Plan, you must annually file a Medical Insurance Waiver of Enrollment. For more information, visit Student Accounting Services’ Medical Insurance page.