Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Please note that some programs only accept students in the fall term.
January 10: PhD program (deadline)
February 1: Master’s applicants (priority review – applications considered through August 15th)
June 15: Master’s applicants (international)
August 15: Master’s and Certificate applicants (non-international)
August 25: Special Student applicants (non-international only)
October 1: Master’s applicants (international)
December 1: Master’s and Certificate applicants (non-international)
December 15: Special Student applicants (non-international only)
Summer 1 Term
April 15: All School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs programs, except PhD Law and Public Policy and MA International Affairs (non-international)
Summer 2 Term
June 15: MPA (non-international)
All required application materials must be uploaded and/or received by the stated deadlines in order for the application to be considered.
Certificate applicants only need to provide items 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and one letter of recommendation.
Please note that because CSSH certificate programs do not meet compliance eligibility requirements for F-1 and J-1 visa classifications, international students are ineligible to complete stand-alone certificate programs. However, certificate programs are available to currently enrolled gradute students, provising the certificate program requirements are completed at the same time.
Special Student applicants only need to provide items 1-4.
1. Application – ApplyNow
2. Application fee – US $75.00
3. Personal Statement
4. Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended *
Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the ApplyYourself system as part of the application. If admitted, students will have 30 days after classes start to provide an official copy of all degree-bearing transcripts. If official transcripts are uploaded into ApplyYourself, these may be deemed sufficient.
5. Three Letters of Recommendation for all degree programs submitted online via ApplyYourself.
6. GRE General Exam (Upload unofficial copies and then request ETS send official scores to institution code 3682)
Except for the following program, in which the GRE exam is strongly encouraged for applicants with less than 3 years professional experience:
7. Writing Sample
8. Résumé – all programs
9. Special Questions – as noted on the Supplementary Section
10. English proficiency for all international applicants
* Send official transcripts (only upon enrollment) to:
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
180 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Please note that materials submitted for admission consideration are university property and will not be returned to the applicant.