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.
Hard copy supporting materials may be mailed to the following address:
The Graduate School at the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Gasson Hall 108
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
The Office of Graduate Admission can be reached at 617-552-3265, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
There is a $75 non-refundable required application fee that is used to process your application. You have the option to pay this online before submitting the application form.
The application fee is waived for current BC students, McNair Scholars, IRT participants, active JVC members, Americorps volunteers, Teach for America corps members, and active duty military. Current undergraduate applicants for whom the fee would constitute a serious hardship may request a waiver. Such requests will be considered only if they are received by the Admissions office in the form of a letter sent directly from an official verifying qualification for the applicant’s fee waiver. Applicants may submit fee waiver request documentation through the online application form. Applicants cannot obtain a fee waiver directly from an academic department. Fee waiver requests are reviewed periodically throughout the admissions cycle and waived from application requirements if granted.
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 office address noted at the top of this page 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 email@example.com. 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. Visit the International Applicants page for more information.
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.
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.
GRE scores are only official when submitted directly from ETS. Most departments in the Graduate School require or recommend that you present scores of the general and/or subject tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants who have not taken the GREs within the last five years should contact their intended department to see if more recent scores are required. View department requirements. The Graduate School recommends that you register for the GREs early so that the scores will be available when applying. For information regarding test dates, etc., contact:
The Graduate Record Examination
Princeton, New Jersey
Note: If you have personal score reports available from earlier examinations you may include them with your application, however, you must request ETS to send official score reports to the Graduate School directly: Boston College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Code 3083.
** Effective August 1, 2011 the GRE General Test will be revised. Score reports from the revised exam will not be available from ETS until November. Scores from both the Revised General Test and exams taken prior to August 1, 2011 will be accepted. All GRE test scores are valid for five years from the date taken.**
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:
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.