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Admission FAQs

You’re sure to have questions as you go through the process of applying for admission to Boston College’s MSA Program. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Applying

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Information

Next Steps

For International Students

 

Applying

Do I need to submit my official transcript with my application?

At the time you submit your application, only a self-reported transcript is required. You may either upload an image of your scanned transcript or use the template provided within the application. Once you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Boston College reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

Do I need to submit an official copy of my GMAT or GRE scores with my application?

Only self-reported test scores are required with the admission application. Upon admission, you must submit official test scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Boston College reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the self-reported and official score report.

What are the minimum GMAT/GRE scores and minimum GPA required for acceptance into the program?

There are no minimum requirements. However, we recommend that you review our class profile to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students.

I don't have an Accounting background. What enrollment period may I apply to?

Students without an undergraduate Accounting degree are only eligible to apply to the MSA Summer program. You will take classes through one summer and two academic semesters, typically completing between 10 and 14 courses. Please view the MSA curriculum for more information.

Do I need to take the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE?

If your first language is not English, you must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The minimum required score on the TOEFL is 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the internet-based test. The minimum required score on the IELTS is a 7.5 band score. The minimum required score on the PTE is a 68.

This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or a two-year master’s degree at an English-medium university. Applicants must have completed their entire degree at the English-medium university in order to be eligible for the waiver. The language medium should be indicated on the self-reported transcript. Applicants who have two or more years of full-time work experience in the United States and are currently employed in the country are also waived.

This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or a two-year master’s degree at an English-medium university. Applicants must have completed their entire degree at the English-medium university in order to be eligible for the waiver. The language medium should be indicated on the self-reported transcript. Applicants who have two or more years of full-time work experience in the United States and are currently employed in the country are also waived.

May I visit an MSA class?

Yes. We encourage you to learn more about the program by touring our facility, sitting in on a class and speaking with current students. Boston College has a beautiful campus just outside the city of Boston. Class visits may be arranged by registering online or by calling the Office of Graduate Management Admissions directly at (617) 552-3920.

Do I need to have an interview to be admitted into the MSA program?

Interviews for the MSA program are available by invitation of the Admissions Committee only.

 

Tuition and Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for a scholarship, simply indicate your interest on the application for admission. If you’re applying for a loan, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or contact the Office of Student Services at Boston College for assistance. Please note that federal student aid is available for United States citizens only. International students may contact the Office of Student Services for information regarding alternative loan sources.

When will I find out if I have received a scholarship?

Scholarship offers are typically made in conjunction with acceptance decisions.

What are the estimated tuition and expenses for the MSA Program?

Tuition for the 2013–2014 academic year is $1,430 per semester credit for MSA students. Other expenses, including books, supplies, and fees, vary. However, full-time students may be eligible for a scholarship or a federal loan. See Financing Your MSA for additional information.

 

Program Information

Can I receive credit for previous course work?

MSA students can receive equivalency credit for up to two courses and substitute those courses with elective courses. All students interested in receiving equivalency credit must complete a course waiver form to be evaluated by the dean and must have received a grade of B or better in the course. All students in the MSA program must take ten courses to earn a total of 30 credits in order to receive the degree.

In order to complete my 150 hours for my CPA exam, can I take graduate level courses in the MSA program without applying formally to the program?

Unfortunately, in order to take classes in any graduate management program, you must formally apply and be accepted into the program.

 

Next Steps

I’ve been admitted to the MSA Program. How do I accept my offer of admission?

You should have received an enrollment form with a reply date together with your acceptance letter. Please return the form to the Office of Graduate Admissions to confirm your decision to enroll in the Boston College MSA Program.

When does the fall semester begin?

Orientation for the MSA Program traditionally begins the Wednesday before Labor Day, and classes typically begin the Tuesday after Labor Day. Check Courses & Schedules for more information.

 

For International Students

How do I get a visa?

Once you have confirmed your enrollment at Boston College, we will send you an email with instructions on applying for a visa, together with the necessary forms. The Office of International Students and Scholars prepares and processes all necessary visa documentation.

Do I have to apply for a visa before I apply for admission to the Carroll School?

No, you don’t need to submit visa-related materials at the time of application. The Carroll School’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will work closely with each incoming student to ensure that materials are prepared in a timely fashion to complete the visa application and I-20 appointment.

Is financial aid available for international students?

International students are not eligible for federal student financial aid. However, you may be able to qualify for an alternative loan. For more information, contact the Office of Student Services.

Do I need to submit financial documents with my application?

No. Financial documents are only required for admitted students. You will need to submit your original financial documents after you’ve received the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) form. For more information, see our web pages for international students.