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Dissertation Boot Camp

Winner of the 2012 Boston College Division of Student Affairs: Innovative New Program

Dissertation Boot Camp was featured in the BC Chronicle and on the BC Office of Communication YouTube channel.

What is Dissertation Boot Camp?

The Dissertation Boot Camp is a series of different workshops that will help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process and towards its completion. 

 Every semester we offer a 3 day Dissertation Boot Camp for doctoral students. The Boot Camp is 3 days of intense, focused writing time, the camp provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process.

If students can't attend the 3 day Dissertation Boot Camp we offer Mini-Dissertation Boot Camp workshops that are one time workshops to help you with a particular area of your dissertation. Be aware that these workshops are not a step-by-step introduction to dissertation writing,a class, or in place of advice about your particular academic discipline.

Additional Doctoral Events:

Doctoral Student Support Group

BC doctoral students from all programs across the university are invited to have lunch and to talk about the stresses and strains of life as a doctoral student. Doctoral students will work with a facilitator to formulate issues, discuss concerns, and explore ways to address the challenges of being a doctoral student.  Possible topics are such things as marriage and relationships, time management, and student-advisor dynamics.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Candace Hetzner, Associate Dean, GSAS hetzner@bc.edu