Spring Registration: Master’s
Online Registration Procedures
- Meet with your advisor to discuss course selection and obtain your Academic Advising Access code for on-line registration
- Register online with MyBU Student Portal using your BU login name, Kerberos password and Academic Advising code
- Submit a Certified Full Time (CFT) Form if you enrolled in less than 12 credits and eligible to be certified full-time
- Verify your schedule on MyBU Student Portal and Blackboard.
NOTE: 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 of $1,994 per credit will apply for each credit above 18 credits.
NOTE: Students may NOT register or audit courses in other colleges at the University.
Important Links and Forms
International Students: Please visit the ISSO site for additional information.
Completion of Graduate Study: All students completing degree requirements in one year are required to register for a total of four semesters (fall, spring, summer I and summer II). All GMS continuing students are required to register continuously until all degree requirements are completed including the final submission of thesis (if applicable). Students planning to graduate must submit a diploma application and follow the deadlines on the graduation calendar.
Continuing Students Certified Full-Time – With Courses: All students continuing in a program who will be registering for less than 12 credits, 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 via the Student Page online form submission. Students must 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 and supervisor 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 Certified Full-Time – Without Courses: All students who are no longer taking coursework and are working on their thesis or other degree requirements, must register as a continuing student zero credits. A Certified Full-Time (CFT) Form must be submitted. This form must be submitted via the Student Page online form submission. 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 and supervisor 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 Part-time – Without Courses: All Part-Time continuing students may register on-line via the MyBU Student Portal Online Registration for the spring semester – course #GMS MS 984 A1.
Class Add/Drop Form: The Class Add/Drop Form should be used to add or drop a class. Pay close attention to the add/drop deadlines.
Adding a Course (s):
Students may add a course via on-line registration or with the GMS online Class Add/Drop Form through January 31, 2024. Some GMS courses are restricted from on-line registration. For these courses, students must submit GMS online Class Adjustment Form (Add/Drop).
Dropping a Course(s):
- Any adjustments 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 no later than February 22, 2024.
- Students who choose to drop a course after the designated date February 22, 2024 must submit a Class Add/Drop Form. Students will receive a “W” grade on their transcript. After March 29, 2024, students may not drop standard courses.
- To add or drop a non‐standard course students should use the MyBU Student Portal 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 617-358-6550 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Financial Aid and Registration
- Students may not register or use federal financial aid towards courses that will not count towards their degree
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 Student Financial Services at email@example.com for any Financial Aid adjustment needed.
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.
Payment & Payment Deadlines: All students must be registered and settle their accounts by the deadline listed on 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.
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 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 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 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 Spring 2023 – Wednesday, April 10, 2024.
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 may only take up to two academic semester’s of a Leave of Absence).
Students should discuss their situation with their advisor/program director and submit the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form to the GMS Registrar’s Office. 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.