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 17,875 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 36,104 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 17,875 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 36,104 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 456 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice).
Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePrivate, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$59,418
Student Population17,875
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs456 graduate programs
Student to Faculty Ratio11 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, on-campus daycare for students' children are provided for their students.
Special Learning Opportunities & On-campus Services
Distance Learning (Online Classes)Graduate Level Courses & Programs
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
  • On-campus daycare for students' children

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 $19,225 and the Massachusetts graduate tuition is $19,554 (public) / $29,617 (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$15,964$19,225
Public$11,349$20,502
Private$19,232
Massachusetts Graduate Schools$24,568$27,569
Public$13,975$19,554
Private$29,617
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 $59,380 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 294 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, 6,404 students have completed their study at Boston University.
Offered Degrees at Boston University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree17805,148
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship900525
Doctor's degree - other30645
Post Bachelor's Degree3014
Post Master's Degree20072
Total29406,404
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 394 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Law program with 282 completers.
Boston University offers 294 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered only in on-site (classroom) education. Last year total 6,404 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 5,148 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 645 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 14 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
  • 72 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Architecture [+] 14 completers-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning14-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 6 completers-
Latin American Studies3-
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)3-
African-American/Black Studies0-
Communication and Journalism [+] 297 completers-
Communication59-
Journalism34$44,900
Journalism (other)2-
Radio and Television20-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia45-
Public Relations/Image Management49-
Advertising77-
Health Communication11-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 620 completers-
Artificial Intelligence25-
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician36-
Information Science/Studies286$95,200
Computer Science188$106,300
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration5-
Computer Software and Media Applications (other)77-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications1-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance2-
Personal and Culinary Services [+] 22 completers-
Culinary Arts and Related Services (other)22-
Education [+] 527 completers-
Education0-
Curriculum and Instruction152-
Educational Leadership and Administration80$55,900
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (other)1-
Special Education and Teaching25$47,400
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness10-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services22$43,700
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)2-
Elementary Education and Teaching22-
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching0-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching11-
Art Teacher Education41-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education14-
Foreign Language Teacher Education11-
Health Teacher Education0-
Mathematics Teacher Education13-
Music Teacher Education56-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0-
Reading Teacher Education17-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education8-
Social Studies Teacher Education11-
Drama and Dance Teacher Education1-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor30-
Engineering [+] 303 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering67$67,600
Computer Engineering3$87,300
Electrical and Electronics Engineering97$87,000
Materials Engineering32-
Mechanical Engineering69$79,000
Systems Engineering22-
Manufacturing Engineering13-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 13 completers-
Linguistics11-
French Language and Literature0-
Spanish Language and Literature2-
Work and Family Studies [+] 17 completers-
Child Development17-
Child Care and Support Services Management0-
Legal Studies [+] 118 completers-
Programs for Foreign Lawyers35-
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law19-
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law9-
Tax Law/Taxation55-
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (other)0-
English Language and Literature [+] 30 completers-
English Language and Literature12-
Creative Writing18-
English Language and Literature/Letters (other)0-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 424 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences26-
Biochemistry0-
Anatomy4-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (other)1-
Microbiology0-
Physiology14-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology6-
Biostatistics42-
Bioinformatics34-
Biotechnology17-
Epidemiology127-
Neuroscience1-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences (other)152$40,200
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 153 completers-
Mathematics13-
Financial Mathematics95-
Statistics45-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 71 completers-
Systems Science and Theory24-
Historic Preservation and Conservation6-
Nutrition Sciences40-
Ancient Studies/Civilization1-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)0-
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 3 completers-
Philosophy3-
Religion/Religious Studies0-
Theology and Religious Vocations [+] 81 completers-
Bible/Biblical Studies0-
Religious/Sacred Music0-
Theology/Theological Studies80$27,800
Divinity/Ministry1-
Physical Sciences [+] 21 completers-
Astronomy1-
Chemistry9-
Geology/Earth Science1-
Physics10-
Psychology [+] 85 completers-
Psychology35-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics1-
Clinical Psychology34$43,800
Applied Psychology15-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] 103 completers$47,700
Criminal Justice and Corrections0-
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration0-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies73-
30-
Human Services [+] 331 completers-
Public Administration8$73,500
Education Policy Analysis3-
Social Work315$48,300
Public Administration and Social Service Professions (other)5-
Social Sciences [+] 216 completers$55,100
Social Sciences0$55,100
Anthropology2-
Anthropology (other)4-
Archeology5-
Economics0-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics149-
Development Economics and International Development0-
Economics (other)0-
Geography0-
International Relations and Affairs34$42,400
International Relations and National Security Studies (other)7-
Political Science and Government12-
Sociology0-
Urban Studies/Affairs3-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 118 completers-
Graphic Design18-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology10-
Playwriting and Screenwriting5-
Directing and Theatrical Production2-
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0-
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2-
Painting17-
Sculpture2-
Music Performance30-
Music Theory and Composition3-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0-
Conducting0-
Keyboard Instruments1-
Fine and Studio Arts Management28-
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 437 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist36-
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology0-
Dental Public Health and Education2-
Endodontics/Endodontology3-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology6-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics0-
Periodontics/Periodontology5-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology1-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)0-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management80$61,100
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer11-
Athletic Training/Trainer15-
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs (other)38-
Medical Scientist1-
Genetic Counseling/Counselor10-
Public Health3$52,900
Environmental Health12-
Public Health Education and Promotion64-
Maternal and Child Health0-
Health Services Administration100-
Public Health (other)20-
Occupational Therapy/Therapist0-
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (other)0-
Health Professions Education2-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (other)28-
Business [+] 1,135 completers-
Business Administration and Management332$102,800
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management31-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management32-
Business Administration, Management and Operations (other)54-
Finance214$82,400
Banking and Financial Support Services1-
Hospitality Administration/Management27-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration0-
Management Science37$104,000
Business Statistics1-
Actuarial Science29-
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (other)194-
International Marketing122-
Taxation2-
Insurance14$92,400
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)45$73,100
History [+] 3 completers-
History3-
Total5,148
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 [+] 2 completers-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia2-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 8 completers-
Computer Science8-
Education [+] 28 completers-
Education1-
Curriculum and Instruction2-
Educational Leadership and Administration1-
Special Education and Teaching0-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)3-
Music Teacher Education21-
Engineering [+] 58 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering20-
Computer Engineering6-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering10-
Materials Engineering5-
Mechanical Engineering9-
Systems Engineering8-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 6 completers-
French Language and Literature1-
Spanish Language and Literature5-
English Language and Literature [+] 3 completers-
English Language and Literature2-
English Language and Literature/Letters (other)1-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 72 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences6-
Biochemistry0-
Biophysics0-
Molecular Biology1-
Anatomy1-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology11-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (other)6-
Microbiology0-
Microbiology and Immunology0-
Genetics1-
Physiology2-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology0-
Pharmacology9-
Biostatistics8-
Bioinformatics11-
Epidemiology3-
Molecular Medicine2-
Neuroscience11-
Neurobiology and Anatomy0-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 17 completers-
Mathematics11-
Financial Mathematics2-
Statistics4-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 0 completers-
Nutrition Sciences0-
Ancient Studies/Civilization0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)0-
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 10 completers-
Philosophy4-
Religion/Religious Studies6-
Theology and Religious Vocations [+] 20 completers-
Theology/Theological Studies11-
Divinity/Ministry9-
Physical Sciences [+] 30 completers-
Astronomy5-
Chemistry14-
Geology/Earth Science2-
Physics9-
Psychology [+] 17 completers-
Psychology12-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics0-
Counseling Psychology1-
Applied Psychology4-
Human Services [+] 6 completers-
Social Work3-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions (other)3-
Social Sciences [+] 37 completers-
Social Sciences0-
Anthropology6-
Archeology1-
Economics0-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics22-
Geography0-
Political Science and Government5-
Sociology3-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 32 completers-
Art History, Criticism and Conservation4-
Music Performance25-
Music Theory and Composition2-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0-
Conducting0-
Keyboard Instruments1-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 164 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist2-
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology0-
Dental Public Health and Education1-
Endodontics/Endodontology1-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology2-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics2-
Periodontics/Periodontology0-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology3-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)0-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management7-
Medical Scientist0-
Environmental Health5-
Maternal and Child Health0-
Occupational Therapy/Therapist73-
Physical Therapy/Therapist63-
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (other)5-
Business [+] 8 completers-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)8-
History [+] 3 completers-
History3-
Total525
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Legal Studies [+] 282 completers-
Law282-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 363 completers-
Dentistry196-
Medicine167-
Total645
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 14 completers-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology1-
Music Performance13-
Music (other)0-
Total14
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 15 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction2-
Educational Leadership and Administration5-
Educational/Instructional Technology0-
Special Education and Teaching0-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)0-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education0-
Mathematics Teacher Education2-
Music Teacher Education5-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0-
Reading Teacher Education1-
Social Studies Teacher Education0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 57 completers-
Advanced General Dentistry0-
Dental Public Health and Education5-
Endodontics/Endodontology9-
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery4-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology7-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics11-
Periodontics/Periodontology9-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology7-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)5-
Total72

Graduate Student Population at BU

For academic year 2021-2022, total 17,875 students enrolled into Boston University graduate schools where it has total 36,104 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 11,587 full-time and 6,288 part-time graduate students. By gender, 7,600 male and 10,275 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
Total17,8757,60010,275
Full-time11,5874,9496,638
Part-tme6,2882,6513,637
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 7,095 White (39.69%), 776 Black/African American (4.34%), 1,346 Hispanic (7.53%), 1,801 Asian (10.08%), and 6,857 students with other races. 5,539 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total17,8757,60010,275
American Indian/Native American1055
Asian1,8017621,039
Black/African American776244532
Hispanic1,346501845
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander12111
White7,0952,7034,392
Two More409137272
Un-Known887376511
Non-resident Alien5,5392,8712,668
Boston University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 3,904 graduate students (21.84% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 1,211 graduate students (6.77% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total17,875
Enrolled Online Exclusively3,904
Enrolled Some Online Courses1,211
Not in Online Courses12,760
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Boston University. 6,732 students are aged 20 to 24 (37.66% of total students), 2 students are aged below 20 (0.01%), 412 students are aged above 50 (2.30%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Boston University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total17,8757,60010,275
Age 18-19211
Age 20-21338103235
Age 22-246,3942,4223,972
Age 25-295,9652,5583,407
Age 30-342,4701,1671,303
Age 35-391,178625553
Age 40-491,116549567
Age 50-64391165226
Over 64211011

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