Spring 2024 Registration is Now Open
General Registration Instructions
- All Students are required to register as a (continuing study) each semester until completion of all Degree Requirements including submission of thesis.
- Completion of Degree Requirements: Students completing degree requirements in one year, must register for four semesters. (fall, spring, Sum I & Sum II).
- Compliance: All students must meet the following compliance requirements – BU Alert System, Medical Immunization Status, Student Account Payment, Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law, Local Address and Sexual Misconduct Prevention.
- Academic Advising Access: Prior to registering for classes, students must meet with their Advisor/Program Director to discuss course selection and to obtain the required Academic Advising Access code for on-line registration. Some GMS courses are restricted from on-line registration. For these courses, students must submit a Class Adjustment Form (add/drop).
- Students may NOT register for PDP classes, GMS BT undergraduate courses, unapproved graduate courses, and undergraduate courses. These courses will not count towards a graduate degree.
- Students may NOT register for or audit courses in other colleges at the University, this excludes PhD Students. Permission required for SPH Courses.
- Dropping Classes: Dropping a course indicates that you are still enrolled in one or more courses at GMS. Students may drop standard courses online using the MyBU Student Portal or with an add/drop form following approval by advisor without academic penalty up to the designated drop deadline. Students who receive federal financial aid must be sure that they maintain the correct number of credits to be eligible for this aid.
- Certified Full-Time Policy Update can be found here .
- Financial Aid and Awards: Financial Aid, Fellowships, Scholarships and Deadlines: Students making any class adjustments to their spring semester schedule will be responsible for notifying the program administrator & Student Financial Services any scholarship adjustment needed. Student Financial Services
- Payment & Payment Deadlines: All students must be registered and settle their accounts by the date posted. Payments should be made to Boston University and can be sent to Student Accounting Services, 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Payment options for degree candidates are available at Student Accounting Services. All students are expected to use the Student Account Inquiry function on the My BU Student Portal to check the balance due on their student account.
- Diploma Application: Students must submit a diploma application by the deadline in order to be eligible for graduation or allowed to attend the May Commencement.
- Withdrawal/Leave of Absence: Students may only take up to two semesters of Leave of Absence. Leave Of Absence, Withdrawal, And Reinstatement
- Student should recheck their account as they add and drop classes after the payment deadline as there may be financial and compliance ramifications. Students must also contact the GMSRegistrar@bu.edu to have their certification code corrected, if they change from part‐time (0‐11 credits) to full‐time (12‐18 credits) status or vice versa at any point during the registration or drop period.
RCR Responsible Conduct of Research
Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers who have RCR compliance requirements under an NIH training grant or an NSF research grant must complete the RCR-specific CITI training and the four Advanced Live Workshops.
- Timeline for completion: within two (2) years of requirement notification.
- Other doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers may complete at any time.
Complete Online Training through the CITI Course AND 1 credit, in-person, non-tuition bearing course
(ENG EK 800) RCR Course
- Information for Doctoral Students & Post-Doctoral Scholars:
- RCR for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers | Office of Research
- Research, Ethics, and Compliance Training | CITI Program
- ENG EK 800.
*Students who are not able to Register for the fall semester of ENG EK 800 via MyBU may submit an online Add Drop form via GMS Student Forms.
- NOTE: If you have partially completed workshops (from the old RCR sessions) and need to make up your remaining workshops, please email email@example.com for more information
Spring Registration Procedures and Information
Registration opens on October 22, 2023
Semester Dates: January 18 – May 1, 2024
- Spring PhD & MD/PhD Registration Page
- Spring MA & MS Registration Page
- Spring Registration Checklist: webpage | pdf
Student Health Services has implemented a process that will grant students temporary medical compliance for those expressing difficulty meeting their immunization requirements due to COVID-19. This temporary medical compliance will allow students to register for courses during their registration period. The temporary waiver will be removed from the student’s account at a future date. The information regarding this new process is available on our Immunization Compliance website in the “Can I submit a waiver?” section.
Summer Registration Procedures and Information
MA & MS Students Summer 2023 Registration Instructions
Registration opens February 16, 2023 | Summer 2023 Calendar
Semester Dates: Summer 1: May 23 – June 30, 2023 – Summer 2: July 5 – August 15, 2023
Fall Registration Procedures and Information
Registration opens April 2, 2023
Semester Dates: September 5-December 13, 2023
Calendar and Important Dates
Please click on the link to view Calendar and Important Dates the registration calendar and other pertinent deadlines.
- Graduation Calendars & Dates
- Semester Dates
- Registration Dates and Times
- Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Schedule
- Summer Term
- Payment Deadlines – Student Account
Withdrawal and Leave of Absence
Leave of Absence
- Normally, students must register for each regular (i.e. fall/spring) semester until completion of all degree requirements. Upon written petition to the Associate Provost for GMS and for appropriate cause, a student is allowed up to a total of two (2) semesters of leaves [or for a total of one (1) academic year] of absence throughout degree completion without the necessity of reapplication and/or readmission.
- Leaves of absence beyond two (2) semesters are granted only in exceptional cases, such as a substantiated illness, maternity or paternity leave, or military service. The student should petition to the Associate Provost of GMS with the approval of the program director.
Procedure for requests for a leave of absence is:
- The student should meet with their advisor and program director for approval.
- Submit a written request explaining the reason for leave of absence along with the required forms, including the program director’s signature, to the GMS Registrar.
- May be asked to meet with the Associate Provost. If approved, a request for a leave of absence is effective on the day the written request is received by the GMS Registrar.
- A certificate of authorized leave of absence is issued and a copy is included in the student’s record. For a student who files for a leave of absence from the University before classes start, charges for tuition and fees are canceled in accordance with the University’s published refund schedule.
- A student who is on a leave of absence and who has borrowed federal and/or private loans may be required to begin repayment while on leave. The period of an authorized leave of absence is counted as a part of the total time allowed for completion of the degree requirements. Students may not complete any degree requirements in a semester for which they have been granted a leave of absence.
- Students on an F-1/J-1 visa, are required to contact ISSO (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss immigration implications of your potential Leave of Absence or Withdrawal.
- All PhD students requesting a Leave of Absence from GMS should meet with the Associate Provost. Please contact Grace Marango at 617-358-9516 or email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Leaves of Absence for Medical Reasons
- Sometimes a student may need to interrupt his or her studies for medical reasons. A student requesting a leave of absence for medical reasons must submit a letter from their clinician, or s/he must be seen (or have the records reviewed) by Student Health Services or its designee. GMS reserves the right to require an involuntary medical leave of absence if it is determined that a student’s continued enrollment would create a significant risk to the health and safety of the student or others.
- A student seeking to re-enroll after a medical leave of absence must demonstrate to GMS that the student’s health permits the successful completion of studies. Documentation needed to support this finding will be determined by Student Health Services or its designee, but will generally include information from the student’s clinician as well as an assessment by Student Health Services or its designee. The decision whether to permit a student to re-enroll is within the sole discretion of GMS.
A student who wishes to withdraw from the University must follow the below procedures:
- Meet with their advisor and program director for approval.
- Submit a written request explaining the reason for withdrawal along with the required forms, including the program director’s signature, to the GMS Registrar.
- Students on an F-1/J-1 visa must contact ISSO (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss immigration implications.
- May be asked to meet with the Associate Provost.
- If approved, a withdrawal is effective on the day it is received by the GMS Registrar and charges are canceled in accordance with the University’s published refund schedule, based on the effective date of the student’s withdrawal.
- Absence from class does not reduce financial obligations or guarantee that final grades will not be recorded. Please follow the refund calendar for key dates.
- All PhD students requesting a withdrawal from GMS should meet with the Associate Provost. Please contact Grace Marango at 617-358-9516 or email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
A student who has voluntarily withdrawn from GMS will be subject to the regulations governing readmission to a Degree Program under section 12.2. For additional details please see the GMS Policies and Procedures.
Important Links and Forms
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
GMS Registrar: Millie Agosto (617-358-9512)
Assistant Registrar: Karen Francis (617-358-9513)
Assistant Registrar: Michelle Grab (617-358-9506)