Graduate Program Admissions


  1. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Online Application
  2. $95 application fee (payable through the online system by credit card only)
  3. Unofficial transcripts from every college or university attended.  Official transcripts will be required by the Graduate School if you are admitted, and upon your accepting our offer of admission.
  4. Three Letters of Reference
  5. Official GRE General and Physics Subject Test scores. You should have scores sent directly to Boston University from ETS; Boston University's school code is 3087. Both general and physics subject scores are required.
  6. Personal Statement. Please write a brief essay describing your qualifications and objectives. Include any research activities, publications, and independent studies you have completed.
  7. Resume or CV.

International students must also include the following:

  1. Certified English translations of all transcripts and academic records from each college or university attended. Please See:  Guidelines for submitting International Transcripts.  This website has general information for international students.
  2. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL.  A minimum score of 600 (paper based test), internet-based test (IBT): Reading section – 21; Listening section – 18; Speaking section – 23; Writing section – 22

In accordance with university policy, applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of English proficiency are not eligible for admission. The TOEFL requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment at BU: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. In addition to the TOEFL, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is also accepted as proof of English proficiency; a band score of 7.0 is required for admission with a teaching fellowship.

Please visit the Graduate School Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about testing requirements.

For more detailed information about the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the general admissions process, please refer to the Graduate School Bulletin.


Application deadline (for fall admission): January 6th. 

Supplemental materials deadline (recommendation letters, test scores, and transcripts): January 8th.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can't afford the $95 application fee? Boston University requires that the $95 application fee be paid before your application is forwarded to the departmental admissions committee for review. We regret that we generally do not make exceptions to this policy. To guarantee that your application gets reviewed it is in your best interest to pay the application fee.

Can I arrange a visit to Boston University? Please contact the Physics Department main office at (617)353-2623, or send an e-mail message to Mirtha Cabello. Please call at least one week in advance so we can arrange to have several faculty and students available to talk to you. If you would like to sit in on a graduate-level class, please refer to our course schedule and let us know which course you would like to see. You can also refer to our research group listing and contact individual faculty members working in your area of interest. We particularly encourage students to visit on Tuesdays, when we hold our departmental colloquium. Directions to the Physics Department are available here.

How much is tuition? Is financial aid available? Click here for information about graduate tuition, fees and financial aid. First-year students typically receive teaching assistant positions. During their second year, students are encouraged to join a research group by applying for a research assistantship. Both research and teaching assistants receive a scholarship for tuition, fees and basic medical insurance, as well as a stipend. The stipend amount for this academic year is $21,500. In addition, students usually work as teaching or research assistants during the summer and receive an additional stipend of $10,750 for a total stipend of $32,250 for the academic year. All newly admitted PhD students will receive a 5-year fellowship offer, which may be a combination of a non-service fellowship, teaching fellowship or doctoral research assistant. See this page for more information.

Please refer to the Graduate School's Admissions page for more info. For administrative questions, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Mirtha Cabello.