MA & MS Fall 2014 Registration

On-Line Registration Procedures

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss course selection and obtain your Academic Advising Access code for on-line registration
  • To register,  log into Student Link  using your BU login name, Kerberos password and Academic Advising code and register for classes.
  • Students enrolled in  less than 12 credits who wish to be  certified full-time,  should obtain signatures on the Certified Full Time (CFT) Form
  • After registration is complete,  verify your schedule on Student Link as well as on Blackboard.  Full‐time candidates may not register for more than 18 credits  without written permission from the program director and academic  advisor. If granted permission, full‐time tuition charges will  apply plus $1,428 per credit for each credit above 18 credits.  Students may NOT register or audit courses in other colleges at the University.

Important Links and Forms

Additional Information

International Students: Please visit the ISSO site for additional information.

Completion of Graduate Study: All students in graduate study in the Division of Graduate Medical  Sciences must register  for  four semesters  to complete their degree with the last two semesters consecutive.  All final documents, including the thesis (if  applicable) must be submitted during the last registered semester  according to the deadlines on the graduation calendar and will not be  accepted unless all other coursework and requirements of the specific  degree have been completed.

Continuing Students with Courses: Students continuing in a program but who are not registered for a full-time course load due to the completion of other degree requirements, such as research, must follow the registration guidelines above and meet with their advisor/program director to discuss course selection and obtain an Academic Advising Access code for on-line registration.  A Certified Full-Time (CFT) Form must be submitted if registering for less than twelve credits of course work.  This form must be signed by the student’s advisor and submitted as a hard copy to the GMS office Registrar.  Students should indicate the type of independent work to be completed during the semester.  Please note that specific details of objectives are required including hours per week  or the request may be denied.  Visa regulations require that most International students maintain full-time status either by course registration or by certification.

Continuing Students without Courses: All students who are no longer taking coursework and are working on their dissertation, or other degree requirements, must register as a continuing student.  Any student registered for continuing study full-time status (GMS MS 985) must submit the Certified Full Time (CFT) Form only for registration.  No additional registration forms are required. Students should indicate the type of independent work to be completed during the semester.  Students should indicate the type of independent work to be completed during the semester.  Please note that specific details of objectives are required including hours per week  or the request may be denied. Continuing student fees will apply. This form must be signed by the student’s advisor and submitted as a hard copy to the GMS office Registrar.

Class Adjustment (Add/Drop) Guidelines: The Class Adjustment Form should be used to add or drop a class.  Pay close attention to the drop/add deadlines.

Adding a Course (s):

  • Students may add a course via on-line registration or with the Class  Adjustment Form through  September 15, 2014.  Some GMS courses are  restricted for on-line registration.  For these courses, students must submit Class Adjustment Form with instructor and advisor signatures.

Dropping a Course(s):

  • Students may drop a course via on-line registration following  approval of their advisor without academic penalty through October 6, 2014.
  • Students who choose to drop a course after the designated date October 6, 2014 must obtain both the instructor and advisor signatures and  complete the Class Adjustment Form.  Students will receive a “W” grade on their transcript.  After November 7, 2014  students may not drop standard courses.
  • To add or drop a non‐standard course students should use the Student Link to view pertinent  add/drop deadlines because non‐standard classes have a customized drop  schedule.
  • Students should recheck their student account as they add and drop  classes after the payment deadline and then notify the GMS Registrar  if their student status changes from part‐time (0‐11 credits) to full‐time  (12‐18 credits)  (or vice-versa) in order  to  have their certification  code corrected.  A revised scholarship voucher must be submitted to Ms.  Sherill Ashe, Financial Aid Administrator (617-638-5216) in the GMS  office, L309.

Address Change, Payment, Billing and Health Insurance

Financing Options: It is important to register and apply for loans early. Please visit the GMS website for financing options, downloads & other information. Student making any class adjustment to their fall semester schedule will be responsible for notifying Ms. Ashe for any Financial Aid adjustment needed.

Payment & Payment Deadlines: All students must be registered and  have settled their account by August 4, 2014 to avoid late fees.   Payments should be made to Boston University and can be sent to Student  Accounting Services, 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Payment  options are available at Student Accounting Services.  All students are expected to use the Student Account Inquiry function  on the Student Link to check the balance due on their student account.

Billing: Students should contact the GMS Registrar or Financial Aid Administrator if they have registered and have not received a bill by the first week in  August, or if there is an error in your bill,  to receive assistance in resolving any discrepancies.

Health Insurance Massachusetts Law: Massachusetts Law stipulates that college students registered must be  covered by health insurance. Students registered at Boston University  are automatically charged for the BASIC student health insurance plan (Aetna Student Health). Please contact Ellen Millman in Student Accounting Services with any questions or for assistance.   If a student is charged for BASIC health insurance but is already covered under a  comparable health insurance plan based in the United States, he or she  may waive the charge on the Student Link under the “Money Matters” tab.  Waivers should be completed before the payment deadline.  Students who  have health insurance charge (s) on their bills cannot ignore the  charge. The charge (s) must be paid, waived, or removed by Student Accounting Services by the deadlines.

E-mail Communications: All important GMS communications are e-mailed to the student’s BU e-mail account. It is important that students check their BU e-mail  regularly. For those student’s who wish to have their e-mail forwarded from their BU account to a different account, please be sure the e-mail  forwarding is functioning correctly.

Address Changes/Forwarding Address: Students may change their address in Student Link.

Withdrawing or Taking a Leave of Absence from the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences:

Last day to Officially Take a Leave of Absence or Withdraw from the University for Fall 2014 – Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

A student Withdraws from a program when they officially drop ALL courses taken during the current semester and leave their program of study prior to completion of their degree.

A student requests a Leave of Absence (LOA) to take a period of time off prior to resuming and completing their program.

Students should discuss their situation with their advisor/program director and submit the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form to the GMS Registrar. Students must return within one year of requesting a LOA to be reinstated without reapplying. Additional expansion of the rules governing leave of absences and withdrawal can be found on the Registration page. Please follow the refund calendar for key dates.


Boston University does not permit a student to enroll  simultaneously in more than one graduate program either within Boston  University or at another institution, unless those programs have been  previously approved by the Trustees of Boston University as a combined  degree program.