Application Instructions

The Application Checklist will help guide prospective students through the application process, and can answer many of your application questions. However, it is recommended that you contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-674-9682, prior to completing your application.

To assist you in completing your application, the directions below explain each step of the process. This information has been arranged to serve as a checklist that you can use to ensure that you have supplied all of the required information.

If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about any portion of the application process, please contact our Enrollment Advisors at 1-877-674-9682.

Step 1: Complete the Boston University Metropolitan College and College of Communication Online MSHC Graduate Application.

The Boston University Metropolitan College and College of Communication online MSHC graduate application can be completed at:

The $80 application fee can be paid on-line by using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or by sending a check or money order with the confirmation page you print out after completing your application. If you choose to pay by check or money order, please send your payment along with the “Graduate Admissions Application Confirmation” page to the address that your Enrollment Advisor gives you for the Off-Site Admissions Support Center

Step 2: Submit Official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts.

You must send official transcripts from all colleges/universities that you have attended.
Transcripts must bear the original signature of the authorized official with the seal of each institution.
You may request the transcripts to be sent directly to the Off-Site Admissions Support Center, or you may have the transcripts sent to you and you may include them sealed and unopened with your application package.

International transcripts should be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). BU does not require an official transcript from the home school. More information about WES can be found online at

Step 3: Submit three Letters of Recommendation with your application package.

References should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional skills.
Be certain to inform references of the deadline for receipt of recommendation form.
You may request electronic copies of the recommendation form from your Enrollment Advisor.
Make sure to sign your form.
Letters of recommendation can be submitted online or e-mailed/faxed to your Enrollment Advisor.

Step 4: Write a Personal Statement to submit with your application package.

Write a narrative about your life. This should include information about your accomplishments, family, educational experience, and outside activities. Be creative rather than philosophic. Remember that you are writing for a reader who knows nothing about you or your background.
1,000 words maximum.

Step 5: Write a Professional Statement to submit with your application package.

Write an appraisal in clear, declarative English of your experience in any area of communication or health (if any). Include what you expect from a career in health communication and why you chose to enter it. If you feel you do not have sufficient experience in the areas of communication or health, address what you expect from a career in health communication and why you are choosing to enter it.
1,000 words maximum.

Step 6: Submit your Professional Resume with your application package.

Your resume should include relevant professional skills, education, and any additional relevant work experiences.

Step 7: For International Applicants: Submit Official Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Students who have studied at a non-English speaking school must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL test breakdown (both are firm minimum scores):

  • Paper TOEFL (PBT): minimum score 600.
  • Computer based TOEFL (CBT): minimum score 250.
  • Internet Based Test ( iBT) TOEFL: minimum score 100.
  • Since all four components of the iBT TOEFL test are critical to students in the Masters of Science in Health Communication, we require the following of our applicants:

    Listening: 25 (max. of 30)
    Reading: 25 (max. of 30)
    Speaking: 25 (max. of 30)
    Writing: 25 (max. of 30)

More information about these tests can be found at

Step 8: International Applicants Must Submit a 3-Minute Videotape.

ALL international students (non-US citizens) must submit a three-minute video as described below. Students should state his/her name and intended major. They should then answer each of the following questions:

  • How do you plan to advance your community as a result of your study in the field of communications?
  • Discuss a significant person in your life and describe the ways in which you have been influenced (positively/negatively and why).
  • If you were to describe where you grew up to someone who hadn’t visited there before, what would you highlight?

Video should not exceed three-minute limit. The video may be in VHS, DVD, or PAL format OR as a video on a CD (Windows Media Player). It must be unedited and unscripted. Label should contain the student’s name and intended major.

Step 9: Students with a Lower GPA Must Call an Enrollment Advisor

A GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) is preferred, but please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-674-9682 to further discuss your academic history.

Please review all points listed above and ensure that you have checked off each of the steps for the complete application process. Our Enrollment Advisors are available to assist you, as needed. Please call 1-877-674-9682. While we will attempt to consider your application as quickly as possible, we cannot review your application until all required materials have been submitted.

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