FAQ Regarding Graduate Studies
What is Boston College’s code for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
Who needs to take the TOEFL and does it expire?
Is there a minimum GRE and GPA score?
When is the application deadline?
How many international students are accepted?
Does Boston College accept applications for the Spring semester?
Can I get an M.S.?
Am I required to take an elective class during my first semester?
Can I take a 400 level elective class?
I haven't taken Biochemistry during my undergraduate studies. Should I take the Biological Chemistry lecture class in addition to the graduate level Biochemistry class?
Can I take courses from other departments?
Can I take classes at other schools in the Boston area?
Can I choose a lab during my first rotation and avoid doing additional rotations?
How can I register for classes?
How many credits do I have to take to be considered a full-time student?
How many semesters do I have to teach?
Where can I get my ID and parking permit?Where can I obtain a letter confirming that I am a full-time student for deferral of my student loan?
Should I purchase medical insurance? Where can I obtain dental insurance?
Where can I organize my direct deposit?
2) Who needs to take the TOEFL and does it expire?
Students who speak a language other than English as their native language must provide evidence of proficiency. A score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the CBT test (computer based test), or 100 on the new iBT test (internet-based test) or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Remember to enter the Boston College School Code 3083 to ensure that the score report is sent to us, student copies or photocopies of TOEFL scores are not accepted.
You can get application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consulates, USIA Centers, and TOEFL centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or www.toefl.org.
The TOEFL score is NOT required if:
- You are a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean
- You earned your prior college or university degree in the U.S. or one of the countries listed above
- You are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a U.S. degree-granting program or at an American or English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above and will have completed two academic years of college/university work before beginning your studies at Boston College.
There are no minimum GRE or GRA requirements. Each application is reviewed taking into consideration GPA, GRE scores, Statement of Purpose, and Letters of Reference.
The deadline for submitting your application is January 2.
There are no limits set on the number of international students accepted.
**Yes, but not often, depending on available funds.
Boston College only awards a Masters of Science as a join degree with our undergraduate program in Biology. In other words, in order to obtain an M.S. you must be an undergraduate at Boston College and begin your coursework your senior year.
8) Am I required to take an elective class during my first semester?
No. In addition to your two core classes, you may want to take another course, but we recommend you take a seminar rather than an elective as the course demands are fewer.
11) I haven't taken Biochemistry during my undergraduate studies. Should I take the Biological Chemistry lecture class in addition to the graduate level Biochemistry class?
Past first year students have either taken the Biological Chemistry lecture class in addition to the core class or purchased a Biochemistry textbook and taught the material to themselves. This decision depends on you and if you choose to take a course, you may take it either from the Chemistry or the Biology Department, depending on your schedule.
14) Can I choose a lab during my first rotation and avoid doing additional rotations?
No! Rotations, which are required, add to your laboratory experience and training. You will also want to experience more than one lab environment before you make a final decision.
15) How can I register for classes?
You can register by using Agora, an online system that allows you to access your account. The system is called UView, which is also available by phone or machines around campus. You need your PIN number and username for using your account on Agora.
17) How many credits do I have to take to be considered a full-time student?
The number of credits does not determine whether you are a full-time student in graduate school. Some semesters you may even take 0 credits and still be considered a full-time student. However, you should always register for each semester.
18) Where can I obtain a letter confirming that I am a full-time student for deferral of my student loan?
You should go to Student Services in Lyons Hall.
19) Should I purchase medical insurance? Where can I obtain dental insurance?
All full-time students are required to have medical insurance. Boston College offers medical insurance to all students. You can waive the insurance provided by BC if you are covered by a family insurance plan. However, you need to sign the waiver form to avoid any charges. BC does not provide dental insurance to students.
20) I am not a Mac user. Where can go for help?
BC has a computing help center located in O'Neill library called the Campus Technology Resource Center.
21) I have a computer and I want to be able to connect to BC from home. What should I do?
You need to purchase special software from the BC computer store. For help with the installation, you can go to the Campus Technology Resource Center.
22) How many semesters do I have to teach?
You are required to teach two semesters as part of the program. After that requirement is fulfilled, your teaching depends on the financial resources of your research dissertation lab.
23) Where can I organize my direct deposit?
You need to go to More Hall and fill out all required bank and tax documents before you can receive any payment from BC.