CONGRATULATIONS PHD STUDENTS!
WELCOME TO QUESTROM
The PhD Program is thrilled to welcome you to Questrom! Below is an outline of important dates and details to help make your transition to Questrom as smooth as possible. Please bookmark this page, and check back throughout the summer for additional next steps!
Here you’ll find a range of resources that will guide you as you transition to student life at Questrom. Our Welcome Guide also serves as an introduction to life at BU, in Boston, and beyond.
Tuition & Fees
The Questrom Doctoral Fellowship includes up to the following*:
Please consult your individual offer letter for details.
To apply for federal financial aid and/or private loans, please consult our 2021-2022 Instructions and Application for Federal Financial Aid.
Visit the Graduate Financial Aid website for information concerning private educational loans and other outside resources.
Student Accounting Services
Student Accounting Services is responsible for billing students and processing payments.
Outside Scholarship Opportunities
To help you apply for outside scholarships, we have compiled this scholarship list. Please note that this list is not endorsed by BU and it is not comprehensive.
Outside International Student Loans
Learn more about credit-based loans that are available to international students.
Dean’s Message to Our Global Community
As a school with a focus on global business, we celebrate our students from countries around the world. We will always seek to add students to our community who bring a diversity of backgrounds and experiences because we understand the importance of understanding different cultures and societies to become effective business leaders and responsible citizens of the world. Read Dean Fournier’s message to our global community.
Upload Required I-20 Documents
Visit our International Student Visa page for a list of required documents, the submission process, and a list of FAQs.
International Student & Scholars Office (ISSO)
As in international student, there is a lot you need to know well ahead of your arrival. The International Student & Scholars Office (ISSO) is available to assist you every step of the way. ISSO also holds a brief orientation in early September.
The International Student & Scholar Hub is a resource for the entire BU community. This easy tool will let you search for information about academics, the BU community, health/safety, career/employment and housing.
If English is not your first language and you wish to practice when you arrive, BU offers a free student-lead language program the Language Link . If you are interested in practicing your spoken and written English before you begin your graduate program you may wish to enroll in the Center for English Language Orientation Program, CELOP. If you are seeking additional help beyond these resources, reach out to the Grad Center upon arrival.
Check out our housing presentation, and housing advice video, created by current students, to learn about housing options and the different neighborhoods in the Greater Boston Area. See our Welcome Guide above for additional helpful tips.
Boston University Office of Rental Property Management owns graduate apartment housing in close proximity to the Questrom School building. Keep in mind that these apartments often fill up quickly. The Off-Campus Services Office provides an online listing of off-campus apartments, rooms in apartments or houses, and roommate matching. Check out our housing presentation, created by current students, to learn about housing options and the different neighborhoods in the Greater Boston Area.
Short Term Housing
Do you need a place to stay before your apartment is ready? We have negotiated discounted rates at the Residence Inn Fenway. Contact Carlos Rodriguez for the best rate and if you have questions.
Starting a graduate degree program means a lot of changes for you but also for your family. Check out BU’s family resources to help make the transition easier for your family. Consult the new student guide for even more information.
BU Parking & Transportation
BU Parking & Transportation Services provides a list of student commuter benefits including discounted train/bus/subway passes, bicycling resources, the free BU Shuttle, electric vehicle charging stations, carpooling, and parking permits. Our welcome guide includes more detailed information about getting around Boston and beyond!
BU Student Health Services
As part of the financial aid package for full-time student Teaching Fellows and Research Assistants on the Charles River Campus, the University will credit your student account for your individual participation in the Boston University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) at the Basic level. Don’t forget to review BU’s Incoming Health Requirements, and request gap insurance coverage if you need it.
Fit Rec Membership
As a full-time student, a gym membership to BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec) is included. Once you arrive on campus, you may choose to activate your membership through FitRec. Contact the Grad Center if experience any difficulty.
The Questrom Common
The Questrom Common is your gateway to the Questrom graduate student experience. The Common will allow you to see and register for events, join student organizations, access resources, and connect with your community. You can view the public site questromcommon.bu.edu now to see our clubs and the calendar. After you have created your BU login, you will receive additional information and access to the site and our mobile app, which you will use during LAUNCH.
When you enter the PhD Program, the doctoral program and academic department makes a commitment to provide guidance, support, and feedback throughout your time at Questrom. You are responsible for proactively seeking advice from your mentor and other faculty prior to registering for classes or engaging in research and teaching activities. Learn more about the PhD Program Team.
You will receive an email from the Master’s & PhD Center in late June, which will include information about the curriculum, registration, and your faculty advisor assignment. Until then, learn more about the PhD Program Timeline.
Learn about PhD Seminars, how to register for courses, policies, and important dates on our Registration page.
Course Packets & Textbooks
In late August, course packets can be found at the Susilo Business Center, 617.353.2647), located on the ground floor of Questrom. You can also save time and buy your course packet online. Course packets consist of cases and other photocopied articles and readings. Most classes require a course packet in addition to any required books. Some courses have “pre-assignments” due on the first day of class. The BU Bookstore is part of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Kenmore Square. Textbooks will be available beginning in mid-August.
As a PhD student at Questrom you may have access to additional Conference & Research Funding. Please consult our Conference & Research Funding Guidelines for more information.