Boston University Graduate Schools

Boston University (referred to as BU) is a Private, 4 years school located in Boston, MA. It is classified as a Research University (very high research activity) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice. The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Boston University is $59,418 in average. The school has 15,846 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 32,718 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Boston University (referred to as BU) is a Private, 4 years school located in Boston, MA. It is classified as a Research University (very high research activity) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice.
The school is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education (12/1/1929 - Current).
BU Directory Information
School NameBoston University (BU)
AddressOne Silber Way, Boston, MA 2215
Phone617-353-2000
Webhttps://www.bu.edu
Online Applicationhttps://www.bu.edu/admissions/apply
Financial Infohttps://www.bu.edu/finaid
The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Boston University is $59,418 in average. The school has 15,846 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 32,718 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 415 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice). Among them, 26 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePrivate, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$59,418
Student Population15,846
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs415 graduate programs
(26 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio10 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at Boston University is $59,418 in average for the academic year 2021-2022. The tuition per credit hour is $1,830.
Boston University offers the alternative tuition plansprepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan, including prepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan.
Boston University offers the distance education programs. All course works for completing a degree program can be done through online exclusively for graduate programs. In addition, the distance learning courses are offered for students who are not enrolled online exclusively.
On its campus, academic/career services, employment services for students, placement services for completers are provided for their students.
Special Learning Opportunities & On-campus Services
Distance Learning (Online Classes)26 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening college
  • Teacher certification
On-Campus Student Services
  • Academic/career services
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers

2022 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2021-2022, the graduate school tuition & fees of Boston University is $59,418. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 3.04% compared to previous academic year.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2021-2022 Graduate Tuition & fees
TuitionFees
2017-2018$50,980$736
2018-2019$52,816$756
2019-2020$54,720$782
2020-2021$56,854$812
2021-2022$58,560$858
The graduate school tuition & fees of BU is very expensive compared to private graduate schools in Massachusetts. The average graduate school tuition for all graduate schools in United States is $19,204 and the Massachusetts graduate tuition is $19,554 (public) / $29,575 (private).
The next table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
Boston University$59,418
All Graduate Schools$15,958$19,204
Public$11,320$20,434
Private$19,234
Massachusetts Graduate Schools$24,532$27,535
Public$13,768$19,554
Private$29,575
For academic year 2021-2022, the living costs are $18,790 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at Boston University. On-campus living costs are increased by 1.08% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $18,790. Off-campus living costs are increased by 1.08% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2017-2018$15,270$1,950$15,270$1,950
2018-2019$15,720$1,950$15,720$1,950
2019-2020$16,160$1,950$15,720$1,950
2020-2021$16,640$1,950$16,640$1,950
2021-2022$16,840$1,950$16,840$1,950
For academic year 2021-2022, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $1,830 at Boston University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 2.98% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Tuition
2017-2018$1,593
2018-2019$1,651
2019-2020$1,710
2020-2021$1,777
2021-2022$1,830
The law school tuition at Boston University is $59,379 for academic year 2021-2022. For medical school, the average tuition & fees is $66,701. Next table shows the tuition & fees for law school and/or medical schools at Boston University.
2021-2022 Law School/Medical School Tuition at Boston University
TuitionFees
Dentistry$85,000-
Medicine$66,702-
Law$59,380-

Graduate Programs at BU

Boston University offers 286 graduate programs for Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The next table lists number of programs by offered degree and online availability along with number of completers by degree/certificate programs. Last year, 7,122 students have completed their study at Boston University.
Offered Degrees at Boston University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree17305,857
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship890547
Doctor's degree - other30619
Post Bachelor's Degree3023
Post Master's Degree18076
Total28607,122
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Boston University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Music Performance program with 23 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Business Administration and Management program with 439 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Law program with 253 completers.
Boston University offers 286 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered only in on-site (classroom) education. Last year total 7,122 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 5,857 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 619 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 23 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
  • 76 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Architecture [+] 22 completers-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning22-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 1 completers-
Latin American Studies0-
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)1-
African-American/Black Studies0-
Communication and Journalism [+] 253 completers-
Communication21-
Journalism30$44,900
Journalism (other)47-
Radio and Television20-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia35-
Public Relations/Image Management38-
Advertising40-
Health Communication22-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 660 completers-
Artificial Intelligence2-
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician4-
Information Science/Studies351$95,200
Computer Science200$106,300
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration11-
Computer Software and Media Applications (other)88-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications2-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance2-
Personal and Culinary Services [+] 18 completers-
Culinary Arts and Related Services (other)18-
Education [+] 573 completers-
Education0-
Curriculum and Instruction148-
Educational Leadership and Administration82$55,900
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (other)1-
Special Education and Teaching36$47,400
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness9-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services20$43,700
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)3-
Elementary Education and Teaching33-
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching31-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching17-
Art Teacher Education38-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education10-
Foreign Language Teacher Education4-
Health Teacher Education0-
Mathematics Teacher Education13-
Music Teacher Education76-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0-
Reading Teacher Education6-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education10-
Social Studies Teacher Education10-
Drama and Dance Teacher Education1-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor25-
Engineering [+] 338 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering64$67,600
Computer Engineering3$87,300
Electrical and Electronics Engineering111$87,000
Materials Engineering40-
Mechanical Engineering93$79,000
Systems Engineering18-
Manufacturing Engineering9-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 9 completers-
Linguistics6-
French Language and Literature1-
Spanish Language and Literature2-
Work and Family Studies [+] 23 completers-
Child Development23-
Child Care and Support Services Management0-
Legal Studies [+] 240 completers-
Programs for Foreign Lawyers123-
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law41-
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law3-
Tax Law/Taxation68-
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (other)5-
English Language and Literature [+] 25 completers-
English Language and Literature8-
Creative Writing16-
English Language and Literature/Letters (other)1-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 452 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences10-
Biochemistry0-
Anatomy13-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (other)1-
Microbiology0-
Physiology4-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology9-
Biostatistics26-
Bioinformatics18-
Biotechnology18-
Epidemiology175-
Neuroscience1-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences (other)177$40,200
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 195 completers-
Mathematics8-
Financial Mathematics112-
Statistics75-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 58 completers-
Systems Science and Theory27-
Historic Preservation and Conservation3-
Nutrition Sciences28-
Ancient Studies/Civilization0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)0-
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 1 completers-
Philosophy1-
Religion/Religious Studies0-
Theology and Religious Vocations [+] 59 completers-
Bible/Biblical Studies0-
Religious/Sacred Music1-
Theology/Theological Studies58$27,800
Divinity/Ministry0-
Physical Sciences [+] 28 completers-
Astronomy12-
Chemistry8-
Geology/Earth Science1-
Physics7-
Psychology [+] 82 completers-
Psychology36-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics0-
Clinical Psychology31$43,800
Applied Psychology15-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] 165 completers$47,700
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration2-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies121-
42-
Human Services [+] 364 completers-
Public Administration9$73,500
Social Work355$48,300
Social Sciences [+] 239 completers$55,100
Social Sciences1$55,100
Anthropology1-
Anthropology (other)8-
Archeology3-
Economics0-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics160-
Development Economics and International Development0-
Economics (other)0-
Geography0-
International Relations and Affairs32$42,400
International Relations and National Security Studies (other)6-
Political Science and Government16-
Sociology1-
Urban Studies/Affairs11-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 166 completers-
Graphic Design21-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology12-
Playwriting and Screenwriting4-
Directing and Theatrical Production3-
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0-
Art History, Criticism and Conservation7-
Painting15-
Sculpture3-
Music Performance50-
Music Theory and Composition5-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology2-
Conducting2-
Keyboard Instruments1-
Fine and Studio Arts Management41-
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 506 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist36-
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology1-
Dental Public Health and Education0-
Endodontics/Endodontology1-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology5-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics1-
Periodontics/Periodontology6-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology0-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)1-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management88$61,100
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer9-
Athletic Training/Trainer8-
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs (other)38-
Medical Scientist7-
Genetic Counseling/Counselor10-
Public Health9$52,900
Environmental Health18-
Public Health Education and Promotion80-
Maternal and Child Health0-
Health Services Administration143-
Public Health (other)12-
Occupational Therapy/Therapist0-
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (other)0-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (other)33-
Business [+] 1,377 completers-
Business Administration and Management394$102,800
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management23-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management22-
Business Administration, Management and Operations (other)60-
Finance254$82,400
Banking and Financial Support Services3-
Hospitality Administration/Management40-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration0-
Management Science38$104,000
Business Statistics1-
Actuarial Science38-
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (other)325-
International Marketing113-
Insurance17$92,400
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)49$73,100
History [+] 3 completers-
History3-
Total5,857
Doctorate (Research) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 4 completers-
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)4-
Communication and Journalism [+] 1 completers-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia1-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 10 completers-
Computer Science10-
Education [+] 30 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction3-
Educational Leadership and Administration2-
Special Education and Teaching5-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)3-
Music Teacher Education17-
Engineering [+] 71 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering23-
Computer Engineering4-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering16-
Materials Engineering4-
Mechanical Engineering14-
Systems Engineering10-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 5 completers-
French Language and Literature2-
Spanish Language and Literature3-
English Language and Literature [+] 5 completers-
English Language and Literature4-
English Language and Literature/Letters (other)1-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 81 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences10-
Biochemistry0-
Biophysics0-
Molecular Biology0-
Anatomy3-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology17-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (other)5-
Microbiology2-
Microbiology and Immunology0-
Genetics2-
Physiology0-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology0-
Pharmacology7-
Biostatistics6-
Bioinformatics10-
Epidemiology4-
Molecular Medicine2-
Neuroscience13-
Neurobiology and Anatomy0-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 8 completers-
Mathematics5-
Financial Mathematics3-
Statistics0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 4 completers-
Nutrition Sciences1-
Ancient Studies/Civilization1-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)2-
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 13 completers-
Philosophy7-
Religion/Religious Studies6-
Theology and Religious Vocations [+] 19 completers-
Theology/Theological Studies7-
Divinity/Ministry12-
Physical Sciences [+] 48 completers-
Astronomy5-
Chemistry22-
Geology/Earth Science9-
Physics12-
Psychology [+] 19 completers-
Psychology11-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics1-
Counseling Psychology0-
Applied Psychology7-
Human Services [+] 10 completers-
Social Work4-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions (other)6-
Social Sciences [+] 33 completers-
Social Sciences0-
Anthropology5-
Archeology1-
Economics0-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics17-
Geography2-
Political Science and Government4-
Sociology4-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 31 completers-
Art History, Criticism and Conservation5-
Music Performance18-
Music Theory and Composition1-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology3-
Conducting2-
Keyboard Instruments2-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 145 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist0-
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology1-
Dental Public Health and Education4-
Endodontics/Endodontology4-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology4-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics0-
Periodontics/Periodontology2-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology0-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)1-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management2-
Medical Scientist0-
Environmental Health2-
Maternal and Child Health1-
Occupational Therapy/Therapist70-
Physical Therapy/Therapist51-
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (other)3-
Business [+] 4 completers-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)4-
History [+] 6 completers-
History6-
Total547
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Legal Studies [+] 227 completers-
Law227-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 392 completers-
Dentistry202-
Medicine190-
Total619
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 23 completers-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology0-
Music Performance23-
Music (other)0-
Total23
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 15 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction1-
Educational Leadership and Administration4-
Educational/Instructional Technology0-
Special Education and Teaching0-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)2-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education0-
Music Teacher Education8-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0-
Social Studies Teacher Education0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 61 completers-
Advanced General Dentistry0-
Dental Public Health and Education5-
Endodontics/Endodontology11-
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery4-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology10-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics10-
Periodontics/Periodontology10-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology6-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)5-
Total76

Graduate Student Population at BU

For academic year 2021-2022, total 15,846 students enrolled into Boston University graduate schools where it has total 32,718 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 10,246 full-time and 5,600 part-time graduate students. By gender, 6,662 male and 9,184 female students are attending graduate schools. The next table summarizes the graduate student population by gender and attending status.
Graduate School Student Population By Gender
TotalMaleFemale
Total15,8466,6629,184
Full-time10,2464,3665,880
Part-tme5,6002,2963,304
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 6,635 White (41.87%), 682 Black/African American (4.30%), 1,131 Hispanic (7.14%), 1,587 Asian (10.02%), and 5,811 students with other races. 4,464 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total15,8466,6629,184
American Indian/Native American936
Asian1,587656931
Black/African American682221461
Hispanic1,131408723
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander707
White6,6352,5394,096
Two More358125233
Un-Known973441532
Non-resident Alien4,4642,2692,195
Boston University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 2,762 graduate students (17.43% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 958 graduate students (6.05% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total15,846
Enrolled Online Exclusively2,762
Enrolled Some Online Courses958
Not in Online Courses12,126
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Boston University. 5,927 students are aged 20 to 24 (37.40% of total students), 5 students are aged below 20 (0.03%), 348 students are aged above 50 (2.20%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Boston University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total15,8466,6629,184
Age 18-19541
Age 20-2124778169
Age 22-245,6802,0763,604
Age 25-295,5822,4253,157
Age 30-342,1771,0541,123
Age 35-39926457469
Age 40-49881413468
Age 50-64330144186
Over 6418117

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