Boston University Graduate School

Boston University (referred to as BU) is a Private, 4 years school located in Boston, MA.
The 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of BU is $61,924 in average. The school has 18,255 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 36,714 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Boston University (referred to as BU) is a Private, 4 years school located in Boston, MA.
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 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of BU is $61,924 in average. The school has 18,255 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 36,714 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 469 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice). Among them, 1 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2023 Key Facts
School TypePrivate, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$61,924
Student Population18,255
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs469 graduate programs
(1 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio11 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at BU is $61,924 in average for the academic year 2022-2023. The tuition per credit hour is $1,908.
BU offers the alternative tuition plansprepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan, including prepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan.
2023 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
Tuition$61,050
Required Fees$874
Tuition per Credit Hour
Tuition$1,908
BU 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)1 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
  • On-campus daycare for students' children

2023 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2022-2023, the graduate school tuition & fees of Boston University is $61,924. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 4.22% compared to previous academic year.
Data source: 2022-2023 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2022-2023 Graduate Tuition & fees
TuitionFees
2018-2019$52,816$756
2019-2020$54,720$782
2020-2021$56,854$812
2021-2022$58,560$858
2022-2023$61,050$874
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 $19,499 and the Massachusetts graduate tuition is $19,750 (public) / $30,247 (private).
The following table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
Boston University$61,924
All Graduate Schools$15,996$19,499
Public$11,279$20,404
Private$19,608
Massachusetts Graduate Schools$24,582$28,108
Public$14,054$19,750
Private$30,247
For academic year 2022-2023, the living costs are $19,400 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at BU.
On-campus living costs are increased by 3.25% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $19,400. Off-campus living costs are increased by 3.25% compared to previous academic year.
2022-2023 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
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
2022-2023$17,400$2,000$17,400$2,000
For academic year 2022-2023, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $1,908 at Boston University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 4.26% compared to previous academic year.
2022-2023 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Tuition
2018-2019$1,651
2019-2020$1,710
2020-2021$1,777
2021-2022$1,830
2022-2023$1,908
The law school tuition at Boston University is $61,159 for academic year 2022-2023. For medical school, the average tuition & fees is $68,437.
The following table shows the tuition & fees for law school and medical school at BU.
2022-2023 Law School/Medical School Tuition at Boston University
TuitionFees
Dentistry$88,250-
Medicine$68,438-
Law$61,160-

Graduate Programs at BU

Boston University offers 297 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, 6,925 students have completed their study at Boston University.
Offered Degrees at Boston University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree18105,692
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship900564
Doctor's degree - other30587
Post Bachelor's Degree3013
Post Master's Degree20069
Total29706,925
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Boston University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics program with 12 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Business Administration and Management program with 371 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Law program with 229 completers.
Boston University offers 297 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered only in on-site (classroom) education. Last year total 6,925 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 5,692 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 587 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 13 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
  • 69 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Architecture [+] 11 completers-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning11-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 2 completers-
Latin American Studies1-
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)--
African-American/Black Studies1-
Communication and Journalism [+] 297 completers-
Communication58-
Journalism36$44,900
Journalism (other)2-
Radio and Television27-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia47-
Public Relations/Image Management55-
Advertising52-
Health Communication20-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 600 completers-
Artificial Intelligence30-
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician105-
Information Science/Studies225$95,200
Computer Science126$106,300
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration9-
Computer Software and Media Applications (other)105-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications--
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance--
Personal and Culinary Services [+] 14 completers-
Culinary Arts and Related Services (other)14-
Education [+] 428 completers-
Education--
Curriculum and Instruction94-
Educational Leadership and Administration65$55,900
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (other)--
Special Education and Teaching25$47,400
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness6-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services21$43,700
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)--
Elementary Education and Teaching9-
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching10-
Art Teacher Education44-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education9-
Foreign Language Teacher Education7-
Health Teacher Education--
Mathematics Teacher Education15-
Music Teacher Education67-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching--
Reading Teacher Education18-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education10-
Social Studies Teacher Education8-
Drama and Dance Teacher Education--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor20-
Engineering [+] 283 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering60$67,600
Computer Engineering5$87,300
Electrical and Electronics Engineering81$87,000
Materials Engineering32-
Mechanical Engineering57$79,000
Systems Engineering17-
Manufacturing Engineering13-
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering18-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 24 completers-
Linguistics14-
Comparative Literature6-
French Language and Literature2-
Spanish Language and Literature2-
Work and Family Studies [+] 18 completers-
Child Development18-
Child Care and Support Services Management--
Legal Studies [+] 279 completers-
Programs for Foreign Lawyers161-
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law40-
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law2-
Tax Law/Taxation67-
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (other)9-
English Language and Literature [+] 29 completers-
English Language and Literature12-
Creative Writing17-
English Language and Literature/Letters (other)--
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 502 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences35-
Biochemistry--
Anatomy10-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (other)3-
Microbiology--
Physiology12-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology8-
Biostatistics45-
Bioinformatics35-
Biotechnology18-
Epidemiology168-
Neuroscience--
Biological and Biomedical Sciences (other)168$40,200
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 151 completers-
Mathematics10-
Financial Mathematics86-
Statistics55-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 77 completers-
Systems Science and Theory38-
Historic Preservation and Conservation3-
Nutrition Sciences36-
Ancient Studies/Civilization--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)--
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 3 completers-
Philosophy1-
Religion/Religious Studies2-
Theology and Religious Vocations [+] 70 completers-
Bible/Biblical Studies--
Religious/Sacred Music2-
Theology/Theological Studies66$27,800
Divinity/Ministry2-
Physical Sciences [+] 31 completers-
Astronomy5-
Chemistry13-
Geology/Earth Science1-
Physics12-
Psychology [+] 110 completers-
Psychology58-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics--
Clinical Psychology43$43,800
Applied Psychology9-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] 154 completers$47,700
Criminal Justice and Corrections--
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration--
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies128-
Forensic Science and Technology26-
Human Services [+] 311 completers-
Public Administration-$73,500
Education Policy Analysis4-
Social Work303$48,300
Public Administration and Social Service Professions (other)4-
Social Sciences [+] 210 completers$55,100
Social Sciences-$55,100
Anthropology--
Forensic Anthropology6-
Anthropology (other)4-
Archeology5-
Economics--
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics129-
Development Economics and International Development--
Economics (other)--
Geography--
International Relations and Affairs39$42,400
International Relations and National Security Studies (other)7-
Political Science and Government10-
Sociology--
Urban Studies/Affairs10-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 150 completers-
Graphic Design17-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology12-
Playwriting and Screenwriting--
Directing and Theatrical Production3-
Cinematography and Film/Video Production--
Art History, Criticism and Conservation14-
Painting16-
Sculpture2-
Music Performance46-
Music Theory and Composition6-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology3-
Conducting--
Keyboard Instruments1-
Fine and Studio Arts Management30-
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 530 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist50-
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology--
Dental Public Health and Education1-
Endodontics/Endodontology3-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology7-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics2-
Periodontics/Periodontology9-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology3-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management76$61,100
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer14-
Athletic Training/Trainer4-
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs (other)38-
Medical Scientist2-
Genetic Counseling/Counselor11-
Public Health7$52,900
Environmental Health16-
Public Health Education and Promotion76-
Maternal and Child Health--
Health Services Administration147-
Public Health (other)33-
Occupational Therapy/Therapist--
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (other)--
Health Professions Education1-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (other)30-
Business [+] 1,405 completers-
Business Administration and Management371$102,800
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management34-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management45-
Business Administration, Management and Operations (other)54-
Finance216$82,400
Banking and Financial Support Services--
Hospitality Administration/Management68-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration--
Management Science39$104,000
Business Statistics--
Actuarial Science25-
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (other)349-
International Marketing137-
Taxation1-
Insurance16$92,400
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)50$73,100
History [+] 3 completers-
History3-
Total5,692
Doctorate (Research) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 6 completers-
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)6-
Communication and Journalism [+] 2 completers-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia2-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 14 completers-
Computer Science14-
Education [+] 32 completers-
Education1-
Curriculum and Instruction6-
Educational Leadership and Administration2-
Special Education and Teaching2-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)--
Music Teacher Education21-
Engineering [+] 79 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering24-
Computer Engineering7-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering20-
Materials Engineering7-
Mechanical Engineering16-
Systems Engineering5-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 3 completers-
French Language and Literature1-
Spanish Language and Literature2-
English Language and Literature [+] 10 completers-
English Language and Literature5-
English Language and Literature/Letters (other)5-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 80 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences10-
Biochemistry--
Biophysics--
Molecular Biology3-
Anatomy6-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology14-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (other)1-
Microbiology1-
Microbiology and Immunology--
Genetics--
Physiology1-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology--
Pharmacology4-
Biostatistics6-
Bioinformatics5-
Epidemiology13-
Molecular Medicine--
Neuroscience16-
Neurobiology and Anatomy--
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 18 completers-
Mathematics7-
Financial Mathematics6-
Statistics5-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] --
Nutrition Sciences--
Ancient Studies/Civilization--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)--
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 8 completers-
Philosophy4-
Religion/Religious Studies4-
Theology and Religious Vocations [+] 18 completers-
Theology/Theological Studies5-
Divinity/Ministry13-
Physical Sciences [+] 35 completers-
Astronomy3-
Chemistry20-
Geology/Earth Science4-
Physics8-
Psychology [+] 9 completers-
Psychology7-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics--
Counseling Psychology--
Applied Psychology2-
Human Services [+] 12 completers-
Social Work3-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions (other)9-
Social Sciences [+] 48 completers-
Social Sciences--
Anthropology4-
Archeology--
Economics--
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics34-
Geography2-
Political Science and Government3-
Sociology5-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 24 completers-
Art History, Criticism and Conservation5-
Music Performance15-
Music Theory and Composition--
Musicology and Ethnomusicology1-
Conducting1-
Keyboard Instruments2-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 151 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist3-
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology--
Dental Public Health and Education--
Endodontics/Endodontology1-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology1-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics2-
Periodontics/Periodontology5-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology4-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)3-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management1-
Medical Scientist--
Environmental Health3-
Maternal and Child Health--
Occupational Therapy/Therapist65-
Physical Therapy/Therapist61-
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (other)2-
Business [+] 12 completers-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)12-
History [+] 3 completers-
History3-
Total564
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Legal Studies [+] 229 completers-
Law229-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 358 completers-
Dentistry194-
Medicine164-
Total587
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 13 completers-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology2-
Music Performance11-
Total13
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 8 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction--
Educational Leadership and Administration2-
Special Education and Teaching--
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education--
Mathematics Teacher Education1-
Music Teacher Education4-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching--
Reading Teacher Education1-
Social Studies Teacher Education--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 57 completers-
Dental Public Health and Education6-
Endodontics/Endodontology10-
Orthodontics/Orthodontology8-
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics12-
Periodontics/Periodontology11-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology6-
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (other)4-
Total69

Graduate Student Population at BU

For the academic year 2022-2023, total 18,255 students enrolled into Boston University graduate schools where it has total 36,714 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 11,517 full-time and 6,738 part-time graduate students. By gender, 7,904 male and 10,351 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
Total18,2557,90410,351
Full-time11,5174,9056,612
Part-tme6,7382,9993,739
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 6,569 White (35.98%), 738 Black/African American (4.04%), 1,368 Hispanic (7.49%), 1,877 Asian (10.28%), and 7,703 students with other races. 6,377 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total18,2557,90410,351
American Indian/Native American1349
Asian1,8777841,093
Black/African American738234504
Hispanic1,368487881
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander13211
White6,5692,4984,071
Two More436162274
Un-Known864359505
Non-resident Alien6,3773,3743,003
Boston University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 3,946 graduate students (21.62% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 1,123 graduate students (6.15% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total18,255
Enrolled Online Exclusively3,946
Enrolled Some Online Courses1,123
Not in Online Courses13,186
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Boston University. 6,726 students are aged 20 to 24 (36.84% of total students), 418 students are aged above 50 (2.29%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Boston University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total18,2557,90410,351
Age 20-2129282210
Age 22-246,4342,5033,931
Age 25-296,0462,6393,407
Age 30-342,5611,2261,335
Age 35-391,314687627
Age 40-491,190592598
Age 50-64395165230
Over 64231013

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