The Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences application form offers online document submission through our web-based application form. Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all department requirements by the designated deadline.

Please note: With the exception of Official Transcripts (required post-matriculation) and Test Scores, all application materials may be submitted online through GSAS' application form. Recommenders may also be registered to submit electronic letters of recommendation when completing the application form. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required to complete your application, whether submitted electronically or sent in hard copy.

How to Apply


Click each box to learn more about the application process. Please also refer to the departmental requirements page for additional information. Non degree options are available to those students interested in pursuing coursework at the graduate level but not looking to enter a degree program. Fifth Year options are available to current BC undergraduate students in select academic departments.

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Please consult your department's application requirements before beginning the application form. All required documents, with the exception of official transcripts and test scores, must be submitted before being able to complete the application form and creating an admissions file. You may register your recommenders while completing the application form.


The MCGS application fee is $75 and may be paid online after submitting your application form. An application fee (or approved application fee waiver) is required to complete your application.

  • All application fee waiver requests must be uploaded to the 'Application Fee Waiver Request' section of the 'Document Uploads' page within the MCGS online application form. Applicants must submit their application form in order to be considered for a fee waiver. No consideration is granted by email or prior to submission. Requests will be reviewed periodically by admissions office staff. If granted, it will be reflected on the applicant's status page.
  • Application fees are waived for current BC students and employees. Please upload correspondence alerting us to your status and the application fee requirement will be waived following verification.
  • Application fees are waived for active duty military and veterans, current full-time volunteers with recognized, non-profit service organizations (e.g. JVC, Americorps, Teach for America, etc.) and students participating in underrepresented student educational programs at the time of applying (e.g. McNair Scholars, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, etc.). Please include official documentation confirming current status with dates (e.g. a letter from your McNair advisor, confirmation of military status, etc.) for review.
  • Applicants for whom the application fee would constitute a serious financial hardship may also request a fee waiver. Requests are granted, in most cases, if accompanied by official documentation demonstrating financial need (e.g. a currently enrolled student should seek a letter from his/her financial aid officer). If it is not possible to provide official documentation, the applicant should submit a detailed description of his/her current financial situation. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Only the MCGS Admissions Office can grant fee waivers. Applicants cannot obtain a fee waiver directly from an academic department or other offices at Boston College.


University/college transcripts are required from all previous post-secondary education institutions attended. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted through the online application form for review purposes during the application process, however, official copies of all transcripts reviewed for admission must be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation no later than July 15. Transcripts are required to complete your application, whether submitted electronically or sent in hard copy. Hard copy official transcripts must be submitted to the MCGS Admissions Office or received from official academic sources (i.e. school registrars) in signed/sealed envelopes from each institution. Certified copies are acceptable, plain photocopies are not. One copy of each transcript is sufficient. Official transcripts submitted via document management services such as Scrip-Safe may be sent to If you have previously attended BC you must request complete transcripts of your work from the Office of Student Services. All documents in languages other than English, should include a certified English translation in addition to the original language document.

Students who file applications prior to the completion of their undergraduate work are expected to file a final transcript showing all coursework, degree granted, and the date the degree will be awarded. The same procedure is required of applicants currently engaged in graduate study at other institutions. This is necessary for final confirmation of the Graduate School's offer of admission. Your final transcript should be sent to us as soon as you have completed your present course of study.

International students please note: Only official copies of your transcript will fulfill the language proficiency requirement on your application. Open the International Students section of this page for more information.

Letters of Recommendation

All departments of the Graduate School require or recommend that applicants submit letters of recommendation. Applicants may register recommenders to submit their letters electronically while completing the application form. Recommendations may also be received in hard copy at the GSAS Admissions office as an alternative.

Three letters of recommendation should accompany a doctoral application. Unless otherwise instructed by a department, two letters should be sufficient for a Masters application. Review the department requirements for particulars. Photocopies of letters are not acceptable.

Generally letters should be from people who have most recently taught you in the field in which you expect to study. If you are now or have for some time been out of school, one letter should be from your employer, supervisor, or another person familiar with your recent professional activities. If you are currently enrolled in or have been enrolled in another graduate school, at least one letter must be from the graduate instructor most familiar with your work.

Letters on file with university placement offices are acceptable if sent directly by the university and signed by a placement official. Request that the recommendations be mailed with a signature across the envelope flap. If BC receives a recommendation with a broken seal the application may be disqualified. A recommender may prefer to mail his/her recommendation directly to us. If this is the case you should take whatever steps are necessary to verify that the recommendation has been sent to BC.

Statement of Purpose

Most departments require a brief (1-2 pages) personal statement in which applicants should discuss their preparation, motivation, and goals for their proposed courses of study. If you have any questions about the statement please contact the department in which you plan to study.

Standardized Tests

GRE Test Scores

If applying to a program requiring GRE scores, official GRE score reports must be submitted to complete applications. (Note: GRE scores are either optional or recommended, but not required for most MCGS applications during the 2021 application cycle due to Covid-19. Please consult department requirements for reference by program). GRE scores are only official when received directly from ETS. The Boston College MCGS school code is 3083. GRE score reports are valid for five years from the test date.

Writing Sample

Generally, Writing Samples constitute a scholarly work in a student’s intended field of study, no more than 20-25 pages. If you have any questions about Writing Sample requirements, please contact the department in which you plan to study.

International Students

The Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences has the same requirements for application from international students with one addition, evidence of English proficiency.


Students who speak a native language other than English must provide evidence of English proficiency. A score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL iBT test or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS test is required. TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid from exams taken a maximum of two years prior to application program deadlines. Remember to enter the BC School Code 3083 when taking the TOEFL exam to ensure GSAS receives your score report. If submitting the IELTS score report please send results to the GSAS Admissions Office or designate GSAS as your score report recipient.

Proof of English proficiency is not required if:

  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean.
  • You earned your prior college or university degree in the U.S. or one of the countries listed above or at an institution whose official language of instruction is English. The language proficiency requirement will be waived from your application upon receipt of an official transcript noting degree conferral from said institution*.
  • You are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a U.S. degree-granting program or at an American or English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above or at an institution whose official language of instruction is English and will have completed two academic years of college/university work before beginning your studies at BC. The language proficiency requirement will be waived from your application upon receipt of an official transcript noting two years/4 semesters completed at said institution*.

* Note: Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for application purposes; Official transcripts are not required unless accepted and matriculating. The TOEFL requirement will remain on your file until an official transcript meeting these parameters is received, however, this will not affect the review of your application if you qualify.


Please note:

  • Complete applications received by the deadline will be treated with priority. Admission committees may choose not to review incomplete applications.
  • Application materials cannot be returned to a student.
  • If you applied to the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences in a prior admission cycle and are now reapplying, you must submit a new application form and new supporting documents. Materials are not retained once each admission cycle concludes.
  • Do not submit materials to the department to which you are applying. Sending material to the department will only delay the process.

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