No. All materials must be submitted via the online application system. Unofficial scans of your transcripts should be uploaded directly via the Academic History section of the online application. Your resume or CV should be uploaded in the Supporting Information section of the application. Your personal statement can be uploaded in the program materials section of the application. Recommenders must submit an online recommendation. An email request will automatically be sent to your recommenders once you have saved an online recommendation. Official test scores for the GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS should be sent directly from the testing agency to the Pardee School. See our page on Standardized Testing for more information on this.
Can I submit my application materials via post, fax, or email?
No. All materials must be submitted via the online application system.
Unofficial scans of your transcripts should be uploaded directly via the Academic History section of the online application. Your resume or CV should be uploaded in the Supporting Information section of the application. Your personal statement can be uploaded in the program materials section of the application.
Recommenders must submit an online recommendation. An email request will automatically be sent to your recommenders once you have saved an online recommendation. Official test scores for the GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS should be sent directly from the testing agency to the Pardee School. See our page on Standardized Testing for more information on this.
Can I apply for admission to spring term?
For most programs, yes. Exceptions:
- Current Juris Doctor (JD) students can apply to add the International Relations (IR) component for spring term, but the Law School does not accept applications for spring term for new JD students.
- Current MBA students can apply to add the International Relations component for spring term. Questrom accepts applications for new part-time evening MBA students for spring term, but does not accept applications for new full-time MBA students for spring term.
We encourage international students to apply for the fall term rather than the spring term. While we will accept spring term applications from international students, we cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient time to process the student visa.
Can I apply to study at the Pardee School as a part-time student?
With the exception of the IRJD program, all Pardee School MA programs do accept part-time students. Be aware that under most circumstances international students may not study as part-time students because the student visa normally permits only full-time study.
Can I apply to more than one graduate program at the Pardee School?
No, you may only submit your application to one program. Please review the information on our Graduate Programs page to learn more about each program. You may also want to join us for an admissions event to learn more about our programs and speak to an admissions representative. Please fill out our inquiry form to access Pardee admissions events.
Whom do I contact to inquire about the status of my application?
You are welcome to contact the Pardee Graduate Office at any time to inquire about your application. The office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-6342.
Please keep in mind that it typically takes a few workdays to process received documents.
Can I defer my admission?
In general, your admission may be deferred for up to two terms. For example, a candidate who is admitted to fall 2021 may request a deferral to either spring 2022 or fall 2022. To request a deferral, please send an email explaining your reasons to email@example.com so the admissions committee can evaluate your request. Please note that deposit must be paid before we are able to defer your admission and enrollment to a future term.
Can I refer a prospective graduate student?
Yes! Complete our form in order to refer a qualified candidate.
I applied but was not admitted. Can I reapply?
Candidates my reapply as early as the next term. For example, a candidate who applied to a spring term but was not admitted may reapply to the fall term of the same year. However, we encourage candidates to consider if there is sufficient time to make significant changes and improvements to the supporting documentation.
Can I get a fee waiver?
Students who are qualified for one of the programs below will absolutely have the application fee waived:
- Students applying as part of the McNair Scholar, Pickering Fellowship, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, or Fulbright programs.
- Returning Peace Corps or AmeriCorps Volunteers.
- Current Pardee School undergraduates.
- U.S. military active duty and veterans.
Contact the Pardee Graduate Office prior to submitting your application. We are unable to process refunds.
What are the payment options for the application fee?
The online application system requires payment of the $95 application fee by credit card. In rare cases in which an applicant does not have access to a credit card, the applicant should contact the Pardee Graduate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-6342.
As a student in another school at Boston University, do I have to pay the application fee?
All Boston University students are required to pay the application fee, except those students currently enrolled in the Pardee School.
I would like to withdraw my application. Will the application fee be refunded?
No, the application fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application from consideration. If you are unsatisfied at any point in the application process, please feel free to contact the Pardee School Graduate Office at email@example.com or 617-353-6342.
Transcripts, Recommendation Letters, & Personal Statement
Do my credentials need to be in English?
Yes. All credentials submitted to the Pardee School need to be in English.
Applicants who have received degrees from institutions outside the U.S. must provide certified copies and (if the originals are not in English) certified English translations of transcripts or records of all previous post-secondary education.
Do I need to have transcripts sent for every college-level class that I have taken?
Applicants are required to upload transcripts of each college or university attended to the online application. A college senior should submit a transcript of work completed in the first semester of the senior year as soon as it is available.
If you attended a study abroad program or enrolled in college courses while in high school, we do not need separate transcripts sent if the course names, credits, and grades are listed on your main institution’s transcript.
Do I need to send official transcripts as part of my application?
Official transcripts are not required as part of the application. All applicants should upload unofficial transcripts directly to the online application.
If you are admitted, you will be required to send in official transcripts from all colleges attended prior to matriculation.
I will not receive my degree until the summer. Must I submit another transcript showing the degree was conferred?
If you are offered admission, you must submit official transcripts and certified documents showing all degrees conferred as soon as they become available, even if the degree will not be conferred until the semester of matriculation begins.
If my degree was earned at a non-US institution, do I need to provide a third-party evaluation of the transcripts, such as WES/ECE?
No, although you are welcome to do so. However, you do need to provide a certified English translation of all non-English transcripts. Some schools in non-English countries will produce English language transcripts on request, so check with your school before paying for a third-party translation.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
The Pardee School requires three recommendation letters. Please be in touch with your recommenders beforehand to confirm the email address they prefer to use to receive the recommendation request. They will receive a unique link to upload and send their letters of recommendation.
Can I send personal recommendation letters and those from employers?
Applicants are welcome to send professional recommendation letters, preferably from sources relevant to international affairs. If at all possible, however, we strongly prefer to receive at least one academic letter from a university professor.
Letters from athletic coaches or supervisors of student clubs are discouraged unless the club in question is relevant to international affairs. Academic letters from pre-college instructors and personal letters (e.g., from a family friend) are never acceptable.
What should I say in the Personal Statement essay?
You should discuss your background, field of interest, reasons for choosing the Pardee School, and career goals. We are particularly interested in hearing about any work or volunteer experience relevant to international affairs and any international exposure (e.g., study abroad).
The essay should be around 500 words in length and should be professional in style. Please make sure to include your name, date of birth, and the program to which you are applying in the footer or in another appropriate location in the document.
Additional information can be found on our page on standardized testing.
Do I need to submit GRE Scores?
No, the Pardee School no longer requires candidates to submit GRE scores. However, if you are applying to one of the dual degree programs, you should check the other’s school’s admissions requirements.
I am an international student. Do I need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores?
In most cases, yes. Please see our page on standardized testing for full details.
U.S. Military Officers & Veterans
Who can I direct questions about my veteran education benefits to?
The BU Veterans Services Office can assist you with any questions you have about using your veteran education benefits at BU.
Can I apply to BU for the civil schooling portion of my Foreign Area Officer (FAO) training?
Yes! BU has a long relationship with the Army FAO program. We welcome FAOs and value the experience that they bring to the classroom. You will need to let us know the funding level you have been approved for when you fill out your application to BU.
I have been allotted 12 months by the Army to complete my civil schooling. Can BU’s MA program be finished within that time frame?
I am not an Army FAO, but my education will be funded by the US military through another program. Can I apply to the Pardee School?
Absolutely. Please let us know the particulars of your funding situation when filling out the application so that we can best assist you.