Boston University

Boston University or BU is one of the largest private universities in the world. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in various fields of specialization. The university is a most sought after by Indian students for its curriculum, special programs, research facilities, infrastructure, and eminent teaching faculty. The university has different campuses to conduct various programs. According to the survey conducted by the US News & World Report in 2012, BU has achieved 53rd rank among national universities. In 2011, QS World University Rankings survey has ranked BU in 70th position in the world. In the same year, the university achieved 54th world rank, according to a survey conducted by the Times Higher Education.

Name of the Institution Boston University
Type of Institution Private Research University
Location/Contact Details Boston Universityne Silber Way

Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-2000

Accreditation/ Affiliation Member of NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Courses Offered BU offers nearly 250 programs in various fields of specialization. Some of the degrees offered are as follows:Master’s Degrees

  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Art Education
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Masters of Music, Music Education
  • Database Management & Business Intelligence (IT Project Management, Health Informatics, Security)
  • Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management
  • Master of Science in Banking & Financial Services Management
  • Master of Science in International Marketing Management
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Insurance Management Master of Science in Health Communication
  • MS/DLP in Manufacturing Engineering
  • Master of Science Project Management

Online Graduate Certificates

  • Advanced Information Technology
  • Risk Management & Organizational Continuity Asian Religions and Healing
  • International Marketing
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Health Informatics
  • Database Management & Business Intelligence
  • Physical Education, Health Education, and Coaching
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Financial Markets & Institutions
  • Instructional Technology
  • Information Technology Project Management Information Security
  • Information Technology

Non-Credit Professional Certificates

  • Retirement Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Professional Investigation
  • Fundraising
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Genealogical Research
  • Management Accounting – CMA

Professional Certificates

  • Retirement Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Professional Investigation
  • Fundraising
  • Management Accounting – CMA
  • Genealogical Research
  • Paralegal Studies

Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Music Education
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Communication
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
  • College of General Studies
  • Metropolitan College & Extended Education
  • Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Hospitality Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Management
  • Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Theology
  • School of Social Work
  • Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College
Admission Procedure/Eligibility Criteria International students need to apply to BU through “Common Application” procedure. International students considering the undergraduate programs in the university should have completed 12 years of formal secondary school education. Candidates applying for postgraduate programs should have completed 12+4 years of bachelors program or its equivalent. All applicants need to produce their school leaving transcripts, documents of all examinations passed, valid passport, documents of financial support to meet the program expenses, and a valid student visa from the US consulate.If the primary language is not English, international students need to qualify in an English proficiency test, IELTS or TOEFL. The minimum score required for IELTS is 7. The minimum score required by the university is 600 (paper-based exam) for School of Management, College of Communication, and College of General Studies. For other BU programs, the minimum score required is 550. For internet-based TOEFL, the minimum score in each of four sections required for different BU programs are as follows:

College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Hospitality Administration, School of Education, College of Fine Arts, and College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences:

  • Writing: 22
  • Reading: 21
  • Speaking: 23
  • Listening: 18

School of Management, College of Communication, and College of General Studies:

  • Writing: 22
  • Reading: 25
  • Speaking: 23
  • Listening: 21
Fee Structure For graduate programs,

  • Total tuition expenses – $60,493 (9 months)
  • Total tuition expenses – $65,860 (12 months)

Approximate tuition expenses per year for the following programs are as follows:

  • School of Law – $41,780
  • School of Theology – $16,400
  • College of Fine Arts – $20,740
  • School of Social Work – $26,000
Scholarships / Financial Aid The university recognizes outstanding merit through its various scholarships and merit awards. Some of the scholarships are -

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Trustee Scholarship
  • School of Education Scholarship
  • Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship

Apart from academic performance, the university also offers awards and scholarships to artists, athletes, and performers in various fields. Some of these scholarships are nominated by the high schools while for some, students have to apply. International students generally have to arrange for funds from their respective countries, however, they can also apply for a tuition fee waive-off. Though the merit awards or other scholarships are generally for the US citizens, in some exceptional cases these are also offered to eligible non-citizens.

International students with overall outstanding academic performance can receive the Presidential Scholarship, which amounts to $20,000.

For further inquiry about eligibility of merit awards, international students can contact: International Admissions at 617-353-4492 or

Placements The university has a student employment office, which offers more than hundred part time jobs during the academic year. Summer special jobs are also available. Some students also opt for paid internships. After completion of program, students get lucrative job offers through the campus placement cell.
Established in the Year 1839