All students in their first semester at Questrom will be registered for their courses by their academic advisor. Students in their second and third semester will need to register themselves through the student link. Below you will find registration information and instructions.
How to Register for Classes
Your academic advisor in the Specialty Master’s and PhD Center will register you for all courses. Please note that students who are not compliant with the University will not be registered for courses until they are compliant. For more information on WebReg, please visit the University Registrar’s web site.
Failing to update a BU Alert number every semester is the most common issue that keeps you out of compliance. In order to register for the Summer semester, you must be in compliance with all University policies, including meeting all immunization requirements, settling your student account, acknowledging the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law, and having a current BU Alert number on record. To check your compliance status, click the purple “Personal” tab, and then select “Compliance Status.”
Course Overlap Policy
Students cannot be registered in two or more classes that meet at the same time as listed on the published schedule.
Registration for Non-Questrom Courses
Course enrollments are controlled by the respective schools and colleges within Boston University. For enrollment in a non-Questrom course you may first try adding the course on WebReg. If you are prevented from adding the course you will need to speak with the appropriate school for enrollment. To use non-Questrom courses toward your degree, you must have the prior approval of both the host school and the Master’s and PhD Center. For approval, complete a BU Graduate Elective Request Form and submit it along with a course description and syllabus at least two weeks prior to the start of the class to your advisor. You will be notified of a decision within two weeks.
Individuals who register for 12 or more credits are considered full-time students by the University and are charged a flat full-time tuition rate during the academic year, which covers 12-18 credits. International students on a student visa are required to be enrolled full-time each academic semester. Full-time evening international students may, with the permission of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), enroll less than full-time in their final semester of study. International students with an H-1 visa who have been full-time throughout their enrollment may enroll part-time in their last semester of study.
Prerequisites for all courses are listed on the schedule, and it is important that you read them. Faculty members expect students to have all relevant prerequisites. Students without a prerequisite may be asked to drop the course.
Closed Courses or Instructor Permission
If a class is full (zero seats available), frequently check for openings via the Student Link through the last day to add a class as many students adjust their schedules which create openings in previously unavailable courses. If a class is full (zero seats available) and closed, contact the instructor of the course, as s/he is maintaining a wait list. Courses listed as open for enrollment with instructor’s permission may be added by having the instructor sign a completed Course Adjustment Form.
The registrar office is now maintaining a central waitlist for all courses. You can request to be on the list for a course by filling out this form.
Adding/Dropping a Course
You may add or drop courses online using the WebReg system on the Student Link. Standard courses may be added during the first 2 weeks of the semester only. Courses may be dropped using WebReg until the last posted day to drop with a ‘W’ grade. Please click on a specific semester on the right to view semester specific add/drop dates. For information on non-standard courses, please click on the date range listed below the course when viewing the schedule on the Student Link. For courses that are restricted from online registration, or for students who are unable to access WebReg, you may complete a paper Course Adjustment Form and drop it off at the Master’s & PhD Center.
- Dropping All Classes (Withdrawal/Leave of Absence): During the Fall and Spring semesters, WebReg will not allow you to drop all of your classes. If you want to drop all of your classes, or if you do not plan to enroll during a particular Fall or Spring semester, you must complete a Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form with your assigned advisor. Reminder: If you withdraw or take a leave of absence after the start of classes, Student Accounts will only refund a portion of your tuition based on the Withdrawal/Refund Schedule published by the University Registrar. Additionally, students may not withdraw from a semester in which they already have a posted grade.
The semester course schedule is available via The Student Link. Every effort is made to keep these schedules accurate in the event of changes due to a switch in staffing, room, or cancellation due to low enrollment. If you sign up for a class that is ultimately cancelled, you will be notified via your BU email account.
Please refer to the below table for important dates about registration, substituted schedules and holidays.
Rafik B. Hariri Building
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Fall & Spring
Appts: M-Th 9am – 6:30pm, F 9am – 5pm
M-T 9am – 5pm, W-Th 9am – 6:30pm, F 9am – 1pm
SPECIALTY MS & PhD CENTER
Fall & Spring
M-F 9am – 5pm