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Here you’ll find a range of resources that will guide you as you transition to a Boston University Questrom School of Business PhD student.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees for 2023-2024 will go live by the end of March 2023. Please review the 2021-2022 tuition and fees for the PhD Programs – you can estimate a 5% increase based off of these tuition numbers for 2023-2024.
External 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 Orientation
Questrom’s required International Student Orientation will be held in Summer 2023. More information and dates will be forthcoming.
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 late-August/early-September. More information about international student orientation with be forthcoming.
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.
BU Student Health Services
The university requires health history information, alcohol and sexual assault prevention course completion, and immunizations (required by law). By law, these health requirements must be submitted before you can register for classes. Failure to complete the mandatory health requirements will result in a hold on your Student Account. While you will set up your BU e-mail account in June to complete this process, we highly recommend reviewing requirements – particularly related to immunizations – now.
Navigate to Student Health Services and click on “Getting Started,” followed by, “I need to complete my incoming health requirements.” This will direct you to the Health Requirements Guide and answer any questions you may have.
Graduate Health Insurance Informational Videos
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.
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.
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.
On-campus graduate housing provides students the option to apply for both shared living and private apartments.
In order to access the graduate housing portal, students will need to create their BU email and login information.
To create your BU login, students must confirm their attendance by submitting their first deposit and their declaration of intent. A link to create your BU credentials will be emailed to you shortly thereafter.
Finding an apartment is one of the most common stressors for our incoming graduate students. That’s why we partnered with VeryApt, a real estate technology company, to build a personalized housing portal for our programs. For more information, visit the housing portal page.
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. The MBTA does not offer a Semester Pass during the summer months. If students are using the MBTA frequently, the most cost-effective option would be to purchase an unlimited ride pass each month directly from the MBTA.
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.
Community matters! When you join the Questrom community, you will also become a part of the clubs and organizations, broader BU and Boston communities.
- BU Police For immediate police response call 617-353-2121
- Alumni Affairs
- Arts Initiative
- Behavioral Medicine
- Disability and Access Services
- Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec)
- Information & Technology Services (ITS)
- Office of the Ombuds
- Parking & Transportation
- Sargent Health
- Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP)
- Student Health Services (SHS)
- Title IX & Equal Opportunity Office