Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding the admission process at the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences:
The 2017-2018 rate per credit hour is $1,572.
There is a non-refundable $75 fee for each application you submit to GSAS.
The fee is not usually waived; however, the Graduate School will waive an application fee for current BC undergraduate students, McNair Scholars, IRT participants, and current JVC members. Current undergraduate applicants, for whom the fee would constitute a serious hardship, may request a waiver by submitting the application fee waiver form to the Admissions Office. Such requests will only be considered if they include a letter sent directly from the chief financial aid officer of the applicant's college or university. Applicants may use the application fee waiver form to submit this request. Applicants cannot obtain a fee waiver directly from an academic department.
Yes. If you plan to apply to more than one department within the Graduate School please submit an application for one of those departments online, then please contact the Admissions Office directly and inform them of your plan to apply to another department. They will help you create two admissions files. If there are pieces of your application that would be the same for multiple applications (transcripts, resume, GRE scores), you can submit one copy, but must notify the Admissions Office so the material can be included in all files.
All students must reapply with new and revised application materials.
Most departments admit students only for the fall term; however, some departments may consider applications to a master's program for the spring. Spring term application materials are due by December 1.
Non-degree applications may also be filed in the spring. In these cases, contact the Graduate Program Director before filing an application, to confirm that the department will review your application.
The Graduate School offers a small number of courses for the summer term. Non-degree summer-study students must submit all application materials by May 1.
Students interested in non-degree coursework may apply to the GSAS as Special Student status by submitting the application form, the non-refundable application fee of $75, all transcripts, and a statement of purpose. Admission as a Special Student does not guarantee subsequent admission to a degree program.
Students are admitted for one semester and can only take courses within the department they were admitted. Permission to take courses beyond the semester originally admitted must be obtained from the Graduate Program Director.
Special Students are not eligible for departmental financial aid. International students will not be considered for Special Student status unless they are currently enrolled full-time at another U.S. institution.
You do not necessarily need a master's degree to enter into a Ph.D program; however, the faculty will look for the proper coursework, experience, and maturity when admitting applicants into a Ph.D program.
To be considered, your completed application must be submitted to the Graduate School by the appropriate deadline.
Request that the transcripts be sent directly to our Admissions Office. Official transcripts sent when applying will be kept on file.
You must send transcripts from each institution where you have done coursework, including transcripts containing non-degree coursework and, if applicable, transcripts from a study-abroad program.
You must send both, the official transcript in the foreign language and a certified English translation of the transcript. Unofficial copies are acceptable for review purposes during the application process, but you must submit an official copy following matriculation.
Yes. If your supplemental materials arrive at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences before you have submitted your application form, we will keep them on file. To ensure miscellaneous documents are matched with your application form, please include the following information on all submitted documents: full name, date of birth, social security number (if applicable), department and program of study, and intended entrance term.
No, the GSAS maintains a self-managed application process. Applicants may monitor receipt of application requirements through the Agora Portal (Application Status Tab) or the Web Application Status Check.
If you have been in the workforce, you are required to have your employer write one of your letters of recommendation. However, the faculty committee reviewing your file is most interested in your intellectual abilities; therefore, you should attempt to have at least one of your recommendations comment on your academic interests and capabilities.
GRE scores usually arrive three weeks after the test date; therefore, November results will most likely arrive prior to the deadline. However, in case of a delay, the Graduate School strongly recommends that you take the GREs as early as possible. And if you know your scores will not reach us by the deadline, please contact us so we can indicate in your file that your scores are the way.
The Graduate Admissions Office is not responsible for tracking down GRE scores. It is up to the applicant to contact whichever school received the scores, to request that the information be forwarded to the Graduate School via campus mail.
Please alert the Admissions Office of your name change. This would also apply if your name is different on previous collegiate transcripts. You will need to submit documentation proving the name change.
Contact ETS to have them resent. Make sure you use the code 3083.
TOEFL scores are only valid for two years.
TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived if the student has studied for two years at an institution where English is the language of instruction.
Applications will be held on file for up to one year.
Each department sets its own timeline for admissions review. Official notification from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office will be sent via postal mail before the reply-by deadlines of April 15 and May 31 for Ph.D. and Master's files, respectively.