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Boston University Admissions 2024-2025: Application Deadline, Requirements & Costs

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  • Dec 15, 2024, is the Boston University deadline for spring 2025 admissions.

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Q:   How to get into Boston University as an international student?


 As a first-year international student applicant at Boston University, the following credentials are required:

  • Common Application
  • Secondary School Records
  • English proficiency test results
  • Financial support documents
  • Copy of data page of passport
  • Standardized tests (optional)
  • Any other document

Since there are many schools and colleges at Boston University that offer graduate programs and the admission requirements for each may vary. So, it is advised to check the admission requirements as per the preferred course. However, the Boston University requirements for admission to graduate programs are given below.


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Boston University Admission FAQs

Q:   What kind of students is Boston University looking for?


Although having a good academic record is one of the most important criteria to get admission to Boston University, there are some other factors too that are considered while granting admission. The student community at Boston University is incredibly diverse. Students at BU share many traits like they are smart, ambitious, looking to understand the world, develop their own innovations, proactively seeking out new experiences, etc..


Q:   How to get into Boston University as an international student?


 As a first-year international student applicant at Boston University, the following credentials are required:

  • Common Application
  • Secondary School Records
  • English proficiency test results
  • Financial support documents
  • Copy of data page of passport
  • Standardized tests (optional)
  • Any other document

Since there are many schools and colleges at Boston University that offer graduate programs and the admission requirements for each may vary. So, it is advised to check the admission requirements as per the preferred course. However, the Boston University requirements for admission to graduate programs are given below.


Q:   How difficult is it to get into Boston University?


 For the class of 2026, Boston University’s record is the strongest ever,  with just 14% of a record of 80,794 applicants admitted to a class of 3,100 freshmen. Students who are accepted into the Class of 2026 come from the top 6% of their high-school class, with a 3.95 GPA average and an SAT score of 1491 and an ACT score of 34. In all, it can be observed that BU is most selective when it comes to admissions.


Q:   Is Boston University better or Harvard University?


Particularly, when it comes to the acceptance rate, then it is difficult to take admission to Harvard University. According to U.S. News & World Report, the acceptance rate of Harvard University is 4% which makes it more selective, whereas, the acceptance rate of Boston University is 19%. If we consider the rank of both these universities, then also Harvard ranks better globally. Check the rankings of both the universities from the table given below:


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Boston University

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Q:   Is GMAT required for Boston University?


Yes, to take admission to the MBA course at Boston University, the applicants must have a GMAT score. As such, no specific cut-off is mentioned for the GMAT score. However, the average GMAT score required is 683. In place of the GMAT score, the applicants can submit a GRE score.


Q:   Where is Boston University Business Analytics ranked?


MS in Business Analytics course at Boston University is one of the top-ranked programs of Boston University. In the QS Business Masters Rankings 2023, Boston University ranks at #10 position in the U.S. In the world,  Boston University (Questrom) ranks at #27th position in 2023.


Q:   How can I go to Boston University after 12th from India?


In order to take admission as a first-year international student, Boston University requirements given below must be fulfilled:

  • Secondary School Records: Higher Secondary Certificate / ISC (State Board exams may also be examined for admission). Also, submit copies of all qualifying exams that have been taken throughout the secondary school
  • English language proficiency test results
  • Financial support documentation
  • Passport data page
  • SAT / ACT test score (if applicable)
  • Any other additional document

Q:   Does Boston University requires IELTS?


 Yes, for admission to Boston University, international students are required to submit an English language proficiency score. For the same reason, students can submit an IELTS score. If students want to take admission into the undergraduate courses of BU, then they are required to submit an overall score of 7 or higher in IELTS. In place of IELTS score, students seeking admission to undergraduate courses can submit Duolingo / TOEFL scores. Since there are many schools and colleges at BU that offer graduate courses, it is advised to check the English language requirement as per the preferred course.


Q:   How much is the tuition fee for the courses offered at Boston University?


 Check the first-year tuition fee for the courses offered at Boston University from the table given below:


1st Year Tuition Fees

MS  (41 Courses)

INR 23.75 L - 56.06 L

Others PG  (45 Courses)

INR 18.36 L - 56.06 L

MIM  (18 Courses)

INR 46.57 L - 50.01 L

MA  (28 Courses)

INR 23.29 L - 47.97 L

MBA/PGDM  (6 Courses)

INR 46.57 L - 50.01 L

BSc  (10 Courses)

INR 47.97 L

Others UG  (47 Courses)

INR 47.97 L

BA  (53 Courses)

INR 47.97 L

BHM  (3 Courses)

INR 46.57 L - 47.97 L

MDS  (9 Courses)

INR 71.67 L

Read: Cost of Living in USA for International Students


Q:   Is Boston University good for MBA?


 According to U.S. News & World Report's best graduate schools category ranking, Boston University (Questrom) is ranked at #51 in the 2023-24 best business schools category. Pursuing MBA at Boston University is worth an investment as 94% of students seeking employment accepted an offer within 3 months of graduation. The mean base salary (all reported) + mean bonus (weighted by % reporting base salary who received bonus) is $119,497.


Q:   How much does MBA cost at Boston University?


The first-year tuition fee for an MBA at Boston University is around INR 50 Lakh. Apart from the tuition fees, students have to pay other expenses too such as insurance, books & supplies, and incidentals. The total amount of these other expenses in the first-year will be around INR 7 Lakh.


Q:   Does Boston University require GRE for MS in CS?


Yes, all applicants who want to take admission to MS in Computer Science must take the GRE General Test. The Computer Science subject test is not needed. As such, there is no minimum GRE score required for admission to Boston University. But, as a rule of thumb, the average percentiles of admitted students at Boston University are 80% for Quantitative and 60% for Verbal.


Q:   Is Computer Science at Boston University good?


While studying MS in Computer Science at Boston University, students can take their place at the forefront of Computing Research and Education. While pursuing MS in CS course at Boston University, students are going to get in-depth knowledge of theory, software, systems, and applications. Also, students are going to gain expertise through hands-on experience and working with world-class faculty members.


Q:   How to get into MS in Computer Science course from Boston University?


To take admission to the MS in Computer Science course of BU, meet the entry requirements given below:

  • A background in Computer Science: The applicants must have a strong background in Computer Science. This includes education in Computer Systems, Algorithms, Programming Languages, and Theory. If the applicants are lacking in one or two of these areas, but otherwise have a strong background in Computer Science, may be admitted with pre-requisite courses.
  • A three-year bachelor’s degree is required
  • GPA requirement: There is no minimum GPA requirement, however, Boston University recommends that the applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (Based on a 4.0 scale)
  • GRE score
  • IELTS / TOEFL score
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation

Q:   What GPA is required for Masters at Boston University?


According to the facts listed on the official website of Boston University, for admission to MS in Business Analytics,  3.49 is the undergraduate GPA (median on a 4.0 scale)GMAT (median) score is 710 and GRE total is 325 (median).


Q:   What is the salary of an MBA in the USA?


Industry connections are built throughout MS in Business Analytics programme at Boston University. Given below is the data for the MS in Business Analytics class of 2021 graduates:

  • Average first-year total compensation, US Jobs: $94,000
  • MSBA graduates seeking employment accepted an offer within 6 months of graduation: 94%
  • Percentage of students who received more than one offer, range 2-5: 69%

Q:   Is a Master of Science in Data Analytics at Boston University worth it?


The Master of Science in Data Analytics programme at BU offers students a solid knowledge of the foundations of Data Analytics and focuses on the presentation and discussion of the latest industry tools and approaches within an academic framework.

  • The curriculum provides a thorough immersion in techniques and concepts for cleaning, organizing, analyzing, and representing / visualizing large amounts of data.
  • Also, students are going to be exposed to various database systems, data mining tools, data visualization tools and packages, and cloud services, etc.
  • The knowledge of analytics tools with data mining and machine learning approaches will allow students to analyze real-world problems and understand the limitations and possibilities of analytics applications.

Q:   Is GRE required for MS at Boston University?


For the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics course at Boston University, GRE / GMAT score is not required. Apart from this, for admission to the MS in Applied Data Analytics programme of BU, the applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, in any field from a regionally accredited college / university. As per the review of the application, the department will determine if the completion of pre-requisite coursework shall be required on the basis of academic and professional background in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Mathematics.


Q:   Does Boston University give full scholarships to international students?


First-year international students at BU can apply for Presidential Scholarship and Trustee Scholarship. Do refer to the eligibility requirements of these BU scholarships.

  • Trustee Scholarship: The annual value of this scholarship covers full tuition & fees
  • Presidential Scholarship: The annual value of Presidential scholarship is $25,000

Read: Scholarships to Study in USA for International Students


Q:   Which is better: Boston College or Boston University?


Boston College and Boston University are two very well-known institutions in US and qualify as some of most popular study abroad options for students. In terms of QS World University Rankings 2024 - Best Global Universities, Boston University has an upper hand with the rank #93. Whereas, Boston College's rank is #631-640.

Mentioned below is the comparison between both the universities on the basis of some other parameters that can help you choose the better university for you:


Boston College

Boston University

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Annual Tuition Fee (B.Tech)

INR 42.6 L

INR 47.2 L - 50.7 L


Q:   What are some useful tips for students starting their first semester at Boston University?


Here are some helpful pointers to get you started: 
Attend orientation: Boston University provides orientation events for incoming students. Attending orientation will allow you to become acquainted with the campus, meet other students, and learn about the resources available to you.
Get involved: There are numerous clubs and groups at Boston University. Joining a club or organisation is an excellent way to make new friends and pursue your interests.
Manage your time wisely: College can be tough, so time management is vital. Make sure to prioritize your studies while still making time for leisure and relaxation.
Utilize campus resources: Boston University has a variety of resources available, including tutoring, counseling, and health services. 

Lastly explore the city and build new connections.


Q:   How do you apply to be a student at Boston University?


To apply at Boston University applicants need to follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1 - Applicants can apply through the common application by collecting all the required documents.

Step 2 - Create an account

Step 3 - Your credentials, employment history, and course preferences must be entered. Additionally, you must provide a personal statement and a reference.

Step 4 - Explore the course offerings to find ones that interest you or align with your career objectives.

Step 4: Fill out the application form

Step 5 - Pay the application fee

Step 6 - Now wait for the results!


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