David Cotter

Assistant Provost for Graduate Enrollment Management

As Assistant Provost for Graduate Enrollment Management, David Cotter leads efforts to ensure that Boston University’s graduate programs are innovative, relevant, and successful in recruiting, retaining, and graduating excellent students. Much of David’s work is done in partnership with BU’s schools and colleges. He works closely with deans, directors, chairs, and faculty members across the University, and guides the implementation of enrollment and financial aid analysis, yield forecasting, targeted marketing and recruitment efforts, and student retention programs. He also oversees long-range graduate enrollment planning to meet demographic, disciplinary, workplace, and global change.

Much of David’s work throughout his career has focused on graduate education and its evolving nature in the marketplace. Prior to his arrival to the Office of the Provost in 2016, he established and developed the Office of Graduate Affairs in BU’s College of Communication (COM). There, he was responsible for all aspects of COM’s graduate programs, including recruitment, admission, financial aid, student success, and program innovation.

Before coming to BU, David served as Associate Dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University and as Assistant Director of Graduate Admission at Emerson College. He holds a BA in Communication and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.