Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for applying to the Master of Arts in Clinical Investigation Program?

The application deadline for the Clinical Investigation Program is March 31st.   However, if capacity allows, applications will continued to be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until mid-August, or until we reach the class capacity.

What are the average standardized test scores for acceptance into the Master of Arts in Clinical Investigation Program?

The average standardized test scores for acceptance for the GRE, placement in the 70th percentile or above. (Under certain conditions, lower GRE scores are considered since most applicants retake these near completion of the program).

What is the overall GPA for acceptance into the Master of Arts in Clinical Investigation Program?

The median overall GPA for acceptance into the program is 3.0 with a higher average for the prerequisite sciences.

Can I complete the MA in Clinical InvestigationProgram in 12 months?

The course work for the program requires can be completed in four semesters and can be completed in 12 months by utilizing the two summer semesters. However, in order to complete the practicum and research thesis, full time students are typically able to complete the program in 18 months.

When is my application reviewed for the Clinical Investigation Program?

Applications are reviewed upon receipt of all credentials to complete your application (letters, official transcripts, GRE and/or MCAT, and Personal Statement).

How many students are accepted each year for the Medical Sciences Program?

Approximately 15 – 25 students are accepted each year from an applicant pool of over 50.

How should I send my GRE and TOEFL scores?

Official test results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOELF exams [if English is not your native language] should be sent to the Division Office using the Institutional number 3087. Results of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) may be substituted with prior approval.

For GRE application materials and information, contact the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; 609/771-7670. Our GRE/TOEFL institution number is 3087.

How many letters of recommendations are required for the program I am applying to and can I submit more recommendations that are required?

We require three letters of recommendations for admission. We will also accept other letters that are written on your behalf (this also includes letters from your medical school application if you are applying to the MA in Clinical Investigation Program).

Will you accept letters of recommendations mailed from my university’s career center or letter service?

Yes, we do accept letters of recommendations from university or college career services. Your letters should be up-to-date and pertain to the program or area of study to which you are applying to.

What are the payment options for the application fee?

The online application fee requires a payment of $60 paid by credit card. If you apply using a paper application the fee is $50. paid by check or money order. (The application fee is waived for Boston University Medical Campus Employees with proof of I.D. only). For all others there is NO FEE WAIVER.

Is it possible to submit all supporting documents (letters of recommendations, transcripts, and test scores) before receiving my application?

Yes, documents can be submitted before receiving the application. Please be advised that transcripts and letters of recommendations mailed must be in a signed, sealed envelope to be considered official.

Do I need to have transcripts sent from every institution that I have attended?

Yes, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each institution attended. Applicants who have attended an institution outside the U.S. must provide certified copies and certified English translation of the transcripts.

What is the institution code for the GRE and TOEFL report?

The institution code for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences is 3087.

How long are my test scores valid for?

GRE scores are valid for five years and official score reports will not be sent from the ETS service for tests taken more than five years previously. TOEFL scores are valid for two years and official score reports will not be sent from the ETS service for tests taken more than two years previously.

How long will it take before I receive an admission decision?

Once all of the required documents are received by the Admissions Office, they will then be forwarded to the Department for review.  We review applications on a rolling basis and notify students of our decision as soon as the decision is made.

What is the estimate cost that an International applicant applying must provide to attend Boston University?

According to the “Estimate of Expenses”, the expenses should be for one year minimum to attend Boston University. You may review the following information at the following link (Please note that the Estimate of Expenses is updated on a yearly basis).

What forms of financial support are acceptable for International applicants applying to the Graduate Program?

We accept checking or savings bank account statements, bank loan statements, scholarship award letters, and support letters from the government or independent organizations. The financial documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars. It should clearly state your name and/or sponsor’s name. If sponsored, a legalized letter from your sponsor is required. (ALL DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE ORIGINAL COPIES. NO PHOTOCOPIES ARE ACCEPTED).

I am a Permanent Resident am I required to submit the International Student Data Form or TOEFL Report?

The International Student Data Form is not required for a Permanent Resident. A copy of your Green Card showing proof of residency should be sent to the Division Office. The TOEFL is not required.

If I wish to withdraw my application from Boston University; will the application fee be refunded?

No, the application fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application from consideration. If you have questions please contact the Admissions Office at (617) 638-5121 or email for confirmation to withdraw from the program.

Where do I send my Health History and Physical Examination Report (Immunization Forms)?

The forms should be mailed to Student Health Services, 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Ma, 02215. The contact number is (617) 353-7224. This form is Mandatory and should be completed and mailed before the start of classes.