Graduate Admissions FAQ
Please refer to the Graduate School FAQ for additional information.
What if I can't afford the $70 application fee?
Boston University requires that the $70 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 medical insurance, as well as a stipend. The stipend amount for this academic year is $19,800. In addition, students usually work as teaching or research assistants during the summer and receive an additional stipend of $9,900, for a total stipend of $29,700 for the academic year.
The Graduate School also offers several graduate fellowships, which offer a stipend, a scholarship for tuition and fees, and exempt students from teaching duties. See this page for more information.