Boston University (BU)

Boston, MA

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All Majors & Degrees

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Architectural History and Criticism
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Bible/Biblical Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Fine and Studio Arts Management
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ)
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Other East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Other English Language and Literature/Letters
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Stringed Instruments (Violin, Guitar, Ukulele, Harp)
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre / Theatre Arts Management
Theology/Theological Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Voice and Opera


Major Bachelors Masters
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management
Financial Planning and Services
Hospitality Management and Administration
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
Information Science/Studies
International Marketing
Investments and Securities
Management Information Systems
Other Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Other Business/Managerial Operations

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Film/Video & Cinematography
Graphic Design
Health Communication
Other Journalism
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Culinary Arts & Food Service

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Culinary Arts and Related Services


Major Bachelors Masters
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments, Including Deafness
Educational Leadership and Administration
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
International and Comparative Education
Latin Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Other Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Software Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Systems Engineering

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Athletic Training/Trainer

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Advanced General Dentistry (Cert, MS, PhD)
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical/Medical Lab. Technician
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dental Clinical Sciences (MS, PhD)
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
Dental Public Health and Education (Cert, MS, MPH, PhD, DPH)
Endodontics/Endodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Environmental Health
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Maternal and Child Health
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Oral Biology and Oral Pathology (MS, PhD)
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (Cert, MS, PhD)
Orthodontics/Orthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Other Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences
Other Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
Other Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics
Periodontics/Periodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Museology/Museum Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Systems Science and Theory

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law (LL.M., J.S.D), S.L.J)
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Other Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M., M.C.L.)
Tax Law/Taxation (LL.M, J.S.D./S.J.D.)

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences
Conservation Biology
Environmental Biology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Other Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Other Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
Pathology/Experimental Pathology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Actuarial Science
Other Math and Statistics (Algebra, Geometry, Calculus)

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Geophysics and Seismology
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Other Chemistry
Other Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Development Economics and International Development
East Asian Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies
Other Anthropology
Other Economics
Other Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
Social Sciences
Urban Studies/Affairs

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration
Social Work


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

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BU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 2 Reviews

100% of students gave Boston University 4 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

The classes here are tough and you really have to earn your grade. Not many people get A's but they are possible if you go to office hours and talk to your professors. The class sizes are very small and personal.

BU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 3.00
Retention Rate 92%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June and July.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Weekend College

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Washington Semester (American University)
  • Other: Los Angeles Internship Program. Washington, DC Journalism Program. Professional Theater Initiative.

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Dentistry

Class Sizes at Boston University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 53%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 6%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 37%
  • 100+ Students: 4%
Fewer than 20 Students 53%
50 - 100 Students 6%
20 - 49 Students 37%
100+ Students 4%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 73
  • Unknown and Other: 12
  • Asian: 9
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 2
Caucasian 73
Unknown and Other 12
Asian 9
Latino 3
African American 2

Faculty at Boston University

Total Faculty 4,538
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 13
Full-Time Professors 9,159
Male Faculty 2,575
Part-Time Professors 1,638
Women Faculty 1,963

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