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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 PhD 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.

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.

May I visit a PhD class?

Unfortunately, we do not offer class visits through the Admissions team for PhD candidates. If you would like to gain a better understanding of our PhD program and meet with a current student or faculty member, please contact a Finance or Organization Studies faculty professor.

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

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

 

Tuition and Financial Aid

What is the estimated tuition cost for the PhD in Finance Program?

The current level of financial support for doctoral students is typically between $23,000 and $26,000 per year in addition to full tuition remission. A student in good standing may receive this support for a maximum of four years. In return for this support, the student acts as a research assistant for 15 hours per week for the first two years of the Program, then teaches one course per semester or acts as a research assistant in the third and fourth years of the Program. This generous level of support is based on the fact that students are expected to devote their full energies to the PhD in Finance program during the entire calendar year, not just the academic year.

What is the estimated tuition cost for the PhD in Organization Studies Program?

The current level of financial support for doctoral students is typically between $23,000 and $26,000 per year in addition to tuition remission. A student in good standing may receive this support for a maximum of five years. In return for this support, the student acts as a research assistant for 10 to 15 hours per week for the first two years of the Program, then teaches one course per semester or acts as a research assistant in the third and fourth years of the Program. This generous level of support is based on the fact that students are expected to devote their full energies to the PhD in Organization Studies program during the entire calendar year, not just the academic year.

 

Program Information

How selective is the PhD in Finance program?

We aim to enroll 5 doctoral candidates each year. We have consistently received over 200 applications to the PhD in Finance program each year for the past three years. Please review our class profile to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students.

How selective is the PhD in Organization Studies program?

We aim to enroll 5 doctoral candidates each year. We have received between 60-85 applications to the PhD in Organization Studies program each year for the past three years. Please review our class profile to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students.

 

Next Steps

I’ve been admitted to the PhD 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 MSF Program.

When and how do I register for classes?  

Once you have been admitted to the PhD Program, you will gain access to a website for admitted students that explains the registration process and everything else you need to know about enrolling at Boston College.

 

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) works closely with each incoming student to ensure that materials are prepared in a timely fashion to complete the visa application and I-20 appointment.

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.