Admissions Checklist

The Graduate Admissions Office is thrilled to welcome you to Questrom. This is an exciting time, but we know it can be a little overwhelming, too. First, let’s get you started with your next steps. Below is an outline of important dates and details to help make your transition to Questrom as smooth as possible. The Graduate Admissions Team is always available to answer any questions you have. We can’t wait to see you here!

  • Application Fee ($125)

    $125 application fee required prior to submission of application (Credit/Debit card only)


    The Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Office will waive the application fee for current BU employees, as well as for those who attended select admissions events and off-site fairs.

    In addition, we will waive the application fee for those who are members or alumni of the following programs:

    The US Military AmeriCorps Education Pioneers
    Management Leadership for Tomorrow MBA Fellows Teach for America Historically Black Colleges
    The Peace Corps City Year Corps Hispanic Serving Institutions

    To take advantage of this waiver, please fill out this form once your application has been started. Your CAS ID can be found at the top right of the online application. Once we process your fee waiver request, you’ll receive a follow-up email with additional instructions on how to submit your application. DO NOT click “submit and pay for programs” prior to receiving these instructions. We are unable to offer application fee refunds.

  • University-Level Transcripts

    Submit transcripts for any coursework completed, including study abroad and post-graduate work, in the “Academic History” portion of the application. You may upload unofficial transcripts when you apply. Should you choose to enroll, we will need official copies of all transcripts prior to matriculating.

    Please note that transcripts uploaded by applicants to their application are not considered official, and are only considered official if they are mailed directly to the admissions office either from your school or from an electronic transcript service. 

  • Resume

    Current resume, upload in the “Supporting Information” section of the online application.

  • Look Out for Grad Center Communications

    In June, you will begin to receive communications from the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center (Grad Center) about LAUNCH, your class schedule, setting up your BU email, and more.


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.


The 2018-2019 academic year tuition and fees are expected to be updated to reflect the costs of the 2019-2020 academic year in late March.

To apply for federal financial aid and/or private loans, please consult our 2019-2020 Instructions and Application for Federal Financial Aid and the Private Educational Loans website.

Student Accounting Services is responsible for billing students and processing payments. Full-Time MBA students may visit the Payment Plan web page to learn more.

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.

BU’s Veterans Services office provides dedicated services and information to support students during their time at Boston University. Thank you for your service.


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.

Visit our International Student Visa page for a list of required documents, the submission process, and a list of FAQs.

Questrom’s required International Student Orientation (ISO) will be held on August 13-14.

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.


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.  See our Welcome Guide above for additional helpful tips.

Do you need a place to stay before your apartment is ready? We have negotiated discounted rates at the following area hotels:

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 our Welcome Guide for even more information.

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. Find additional helpful tips in our Welcome Guide including more detailed information about getting around Boston and beyond!


The standard 2018-2019 school year student insurance plan (SHIP) begins on Wednesday, August 15. If you will be arriving to campus prior to August 15 for International Student Orientation, we strongly recommend students to purchase additional insurance for those dates. This is a low cost option to protect you in the case of an emergency. Information about how to purchase this insurance will be made available here by early June. Learn more about Student Health Services (SHS) at BU.

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.


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 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.

Community matters!  When you join the Questrom community, you will also become a part of the clubs and organizations, broader BU and Boston communities. Check out our student life page to learn more about getting involved.


You will receive an email from the Grad Center in late June, which will include information about the curriculum, registration, and more.


Creating a meaningful career plan and executing a successful job search takes effort, and is an integral part of your graduate school experience. The Grad Center is a skilled and active partner that will work with you throughout this process.  You will receive more communications this summer from your career coach.