Fall Registration: PhD and MD/PhD
MD/PhD Students in the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
- Medical students in year I, II, III & IV should register through the Medical School.
Online Registration Procedures
Ph.D. degree student must maintain full-time status by enrollment of 12 credits or more per semester.
- Meet with advisor, discuss course selection and obtain your Academic Advising Access Code for On-line Registration
- To register, log into MyBU Student Portal using your BU login name, Kerberos password and Academic Advising code and register for classes.
- Students must enrolled for 12 credits or more full-time status.
- After registration is complete, verify schedule on MyBU Student Portal 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 this permission, full‐time tuition charges will apply plus $TBA per credit for each credit above 18 credits.
Important Links and Forms
International Students: Please visit the ISSO site for additional information.
Completion of Graduate Study: All students in graduate study in Graduate Medical Sciences must register continuously each semester prior to completion of their degree. All final documents, including the dissertation, 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.
Class Add/Drop: Please pay close attention to the add/drop deadlines.
Adding a Course: Students may add a course via on-line registration or with the Class Add/Drop Form through September 18, 2023. Some GMS courses are restricted from on-line registration. For these courses, students must submit GMS online Class Add/Drop Form.
Dropping a Course(s):
- Any adjustment to course loads may increase or decrease the tuition due for the semester. Please contact the GMSRegistrar@bu.edu regarding tuition adjustments.
- Dropping all classes constitutes withdrawing from the University. A LOA/Withdrawal form must be submitted.
- Students may drop a course via on-line registration following the approval of their advisor without academic penalty or a “W” grade for standard courses through October 10, 2023.
- Students who choose to drop a course after the designated date October 10, 2023 must submit the GMS online Class Adjustment Form. Students will receive a “W” grade on their transcript. November 13, 2023 is the deadline for students to drop standard courses.
- To add or drop a non‐standard course, students should use Student Link to view pertinent add/drop deadlines because non‐standard classes have a customized drop schedule.
- If your student status changes from part‐time (0‐11 credits) to full‐time (12‐18 credits) or vice-versa in order to have tuition charges corrected notify the GMSRegistrar@bu.edu.
- For Financial Aid adjustment student must notify Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Financial Aid and Registration
- Students may not use federal financial aid towards courses that will not count towards their degree
Address Change, Payment, Billing, and Health Insurance
Stipend Checks: All PhD students must be registered by April 28, 2023 to ensure that a June 2023 stipend check is issued on time. Students should check with their departmental administrator to make sure the necessary paperwork is in order.
Financial Aid, Fellowships, Scholarships and Deadlines: Students making any class adjustments to their fall semester schedule will be responsible for notifying the program administrator & SFS for any scholarship adjustment needed at email@example.com, as soon as possible in order to establish the student’s financial aid awards..
Payment & Payment Deadlines: All students must be registered and settle their accounts by the date listed on the Student Accounting Services page. Once you complete settlement of your Student Account, you will be considered officially registered and will be entitled to the use of University services.
Billing: For individualized and up-to-date information regarding your Student Account, please visit the MyBU Student Portal. Students should contact the GMS Registrar’s Office or Financial Aid Administrator for any billing error.
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 PLUS student health insurance plan (Aetna Student Health). Please contact Ellen Millman in Student Accounting Services for assistance. If a student is charged for PLUS 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 MyBU Student Portal 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 of students 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 on MyBU Student Portal.
Withdrawing or Taking a Leave of Absence
Last day to Officially Take a Leave of Absence or Withdraw from the University for Fall 2023 – Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
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 time off prior to resuming and completing their program. Student may only take up to two semester(s) of a Leave of Absence.
A student who wishes to withdraw from the University must follow 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.
- 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.
- MD/PhD students, please contact Dr. Steven Borkan, Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall and GMS Registrar’s Office.
- All Ph.D. Students should discuss their situation with their Department Chair/ Program Director and advisor.
- 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.
- All PhD students requesting a LOA and /or withdrawal from GMS should meet with the Associate Provost. Appointments can be schedule by calling Grace Marango at 617-358-9516 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- 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