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Carroll School of Management

Founded in 1938, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management educates undergraduate students for careers in the various disciplines of management, as well as graduate students and practitioners who seek deeper insights into a complex global economy. The School has a dual mission: to carry out both top-level teaching and cutting-edge research. It sees this mission as a collaborative effort among faculty, staff, and students, in engagement with alumni and other management practitioners.

A Carroll School education is a lively blend of the liberal arts and the functional areas of management. Undergraduates are introduced to a broad slate of topics related to accounting, economics, finance, information systems, business law, marketing, and other disciplines. But they are also encouraged to branch out and delve into subjects ranging from history and literature to natural science and the fine arts. Academic rigor and close interaction with faculty go hand in hand with this multidisciplinary approach.

Situated within a Jesuit liberal arts university, the Carroll School helps its students cultivate the habits of intellectual discernment along with a commitment to service and the public good. There are numerous opportunities for students to apply their specialized knowledge to a vast array of human, social, and organizational challenges.

In keeping with its philosophy of undergraduate management education, the Carroll School aims to:

  • Teach analytical reasoning, problem solving, and communication skills to create effective leaders.
  • Inform students of the latest advances in accounting, finance, data analytics, marketing, operations, and many other fields.
  • Help students carve out a specialization in one or more fields, making them ready for management practice and leadership upon graduation.
  • Provide them with the tools and inspiration to seek out, develop, and experiment with innovative ideas drawn from a wide mix of sources.
  • Create a variety of programs that allow students to gain hands-on experience and apply theory to practice. Specialized research and education centers provide many of these opportunities.
  • Develop a multicultural and global outlook, attentive to the needs of diverse communities and a fast-changing world.
  • Emphasize the ethical responsibilities of managers and business and assist students in the development of their capacity for moral reasoning.
  • Inculcate the habits of lifelong learning and self-reflection.

Through the curriculum and other offerings, Carroll School students are taught to value both knowledge and wisdom, both hard skills and broader insights. They emerge from Boston College as capable professionals and thoughtful leaders ready to make a difference in their organizations and in their world.

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Information for First Year Students

In most ways, the first year in the Carroll School of Management resembles the first year in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Carroll School of Management freshmen are expected to focus their study on aspects of the University's Core curriculum (described in the University Policies and Procedures section); the study of courses required in the Management Core, with the exceptions noted below, usually begins in earnest in sophomore year.

All Carroll School freshmen will enroll in PRTO1000 Portico, a 3-credit course, offered in the fall semester, which combines an introduction to business with ethics and attention to globalization.

During freshman year, CSOM students should also complete the Writing Seminar and the Literature requirement as well as one semester of Calculus (MATH1100 or higher) and one semester of Business Statistics (OPER1135). These five courses, or their equivalent via Advanced Placement, along with ISYS1021 Computers in Management, are indispensable in the first year. Note that there is no necessary sequence for the above mentioned courses; they may be taken in any order, either semester, during the first year.

What other courses should a freshman pursue? If a student has yet to fulfill the language requirement (see elsewhere in this section for the variety of ways in which it can be satisfied), language study is in order. Note that students contemplating study abroad, and cognizant of the increasingly global nature of business, are well advised to hone existing language skills and consider beginning study of another language. Proficiency in several languages constitutes a significant advantage for aspiring business people. Boston College's international programs include a number of programs—from Scandinavia to the Pacific Rim—which are especially attractive for Carroll School students.

Freshmen should also consider enrolling in one of the University's hallmark programs, PULSE and Perspectives, which fulfill both the Philosophy and the Theology Core requirements. Perspectives, with the exception of one sophomore section, is restricted to freshmen; PULSE may be taken at any time except senior year.

Other possibilities for freshman year include the Modern History sequence, the two-semester Principles of Economics sequence, and a pair of science courses.

While the preceding remarks capture a range of possibilities, even greater possibilities await a student possessed of advanced placement, transfer, or international baccalaureate credit. Such students should consult carefully with the Associate Dean and their faculty orientation advisor in crafting a plan of study for first year.

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Management Core Courses

Note: All courses are 3 credits

  • PRTO1000 Portico (freshman, fall)
  • OPER1135 Business Statistics (freshman)
  • ECON1131 Principles of Economics I—Micro (freshman or sophomore)
  • ECON1132 Principles of Economics II—Macro (freshman or sophomore)
  • ISYS1021 Computers in Management (freshman or sophomore)
  • ACCT1021 Financial Accounting (sophomore or freshman, spring)
  • ACCT1022 Managerial Accounting (sophomore)
  • OPER2235 Math for Management (sophomore)*
  • BSLW1021 Introduction to Law (sophomore or junior)
  • MGMT1021 Organizational Behavior (sophomore or junior)
  • OPER1021 Operations Management (junior)
  • MFIN1021 Basic Finance (junior)
  • MKTG1021 Principles of Marketing (junior)
  • MGMT3099 Strategic Management (senior)
  • 4–6 CSOM concentration courses (junior, senior)
  • 12 credits of MCAS Electives

With the exception of MGMT3099 Strategic Management, all Management Core courses usually are completed by the end of the junior year. Students who have transferred, who have done a semester or a year abroad, or who have had deficiencies may have to modify their schedules somewhat.

Students who enroll in a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences or Lynch School of Education minor may reduce, by one, their Management Core courses; note that not all courses are eligible for this reduction. All students must take Portico, Statistics, and Financial Accounting. Students who pursue a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences major may reduce their Management Core by two courses, with the exceptions noted above. Students who wish to pursue one of these options must consult with the Associate Dean’s office.

Prerequisites, which are listed in the individual course descriptions, must be followed.

*All students must complete, either via AP or course work, one course in Calculus. A second Mathematics course must be taken at BC and be chosen from among a “bucket” that includes Math for Management, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Econometric Methods. All Carroll School of Management students must take at least one mathematics course at BC.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students must complete 120 credits for graduation.

To continue enrollment in a full-time program of study, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.5 as the minimum standard of scholarship and must not fall more than six credits behind the total number of credits a student of their status is expected to have completed. For example, a first semester sophomore student must have completed at least twenty-four credits during the freshman year. Any student who is permitted by the dean to continue enrollment in a full-time undergraduate program is considered to be in good standing.

Failure to maintain good standing either through a low cumulative grade point average or by incurring excessive deficiencies including failures, withdrawals, or unapproved underloads will result in the student's being placed on probation, or being required to withdraw, as the Academic Standards Committee or the Dean shall determine.

A student on probation may return to good standing by approved methods (e.g., make-up of credits via approved summer school work; students may make up no more than ten credits in summer study). A student who incurs additional failures or withdrawals, or carries an unapproved underload while on probation, may be required to withdraw from the School at the time of the next review.

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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Majors

Students who have a very strong interest in an area in Arts and Sciences may complete a major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences by careful use of their electives. For example, it is possible to graduate with a concentration in Finance and a major in Philosophy or History. Students interested in this option should contact the Carroll School of Management Undergraduate Associate Dean and the department chairperson in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences as early in their studies as possible.

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Pre-Medical Studies

Carroll School students are also eligible to pursue a pre-medical course of study in addition to their management curriculum.

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International Study

Studying and living in another country enables students to broaden their horizons and experience a different culture, and Carroll School of Management students are encouraged to spend at least a semester studying abroad, usually during junior year. During the spring semester of freshman year, the Dean’s Office sponsors an annual program for management students interested in studying abroad; a subsequent fall semester program for first semester sophomores complements the first year program. All students interested in international study should visit the Office of International Programs early in their sophomore year and then the Carroll School Undergraduate Assistant Dean, Erica Graf.

The Office of International Programs administers a growing number of programs for Boston College including course-based summer programs for those who desire a shorter abroad experience or cannot go during the regular academic year. Carroll School of Management students may avail themselves of opportunities for study in excellent institutions in the Pacific Rim, continental Europe and the United Kingdom, South America, and Eastern Europe, among others. See elsewhere in this Catalog for a full listing.

Students in the Honors Program, students with two concentrations, transfer students, and other students with special circumstances should plan their schedules carefully. Students in the Honors Program should seek advice on planning from the Honors Program Director. In order to receive permission to study abroad, students typically need a 3.0 grade point average.

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Special Programs

Management Honors Program

The Honors Program has as its goal the development of the whole person with an emphasis on academic rigor and leadership ability in the organizational world.

Students are invited to join the Honors Program through the Boston College Office of Undergraduate Admissions as entering freshmen. In January of freshman year, a few students who have excelled during the fall semester are invited to apply to the Honors Program. In addition to academic excellence, students must exhibit an ability to work well with others and have a desire to be involved in the extracurricular functions of the program. Honors students are expected to remain on the Dean's List.

Students in the Honors Program take honors sections of the business core classes. They must also take two courses beyond the business core: MHON1126 Business and Professional Speaking and MHON1199 Senior Honors Thesis.

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Pre-Professional Studies for Law

Pre-Law students need clear reasoning power, a facility for accurate expression, a mature balance of judgment, and the ability to appreciate the moral, social, and economic problems related to the administration of justice in modern society. The Carroll School of Management offers an ideal opportunity to develop these qualities both through the Liberal Arts Core and specialized management courses, notably those case style courses which place a premium on analytical powers and a capacity in both oral and written expression.

Carroll School students interested in law should contact Amy DiGiovine, Assistant Director for Career Engagement, in the Career Center, and the University's prelaw advisor.

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The Ethics Initiative

In addition to PRTO1000 Portico, many regular Carroll School of Management courses integrate ethical issues in business and management. Elective courses in accounting, marketing, law, and operations are focused on ethical issues specific to those disciplines.

The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics offers annual lecture, seminar, and workshop programs on ethics and leadership for undergraduate students.

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Summer Management Catalyst Program

The Carroll School of Management Summer Management Catalyst Program is an intensive, full-time, 10-week program designed to develop a solid and broad foundation in the functional areas of management for non-management students.

Participants take three full courses and five micro courses that cover a wide range of business management topics, including management, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, ethics, business law and strategy.

Additional information and application can be found at:

Program Benefits
  • Learn how organizations operate and develop management skills to contribute to complex, not-for-profit, business and government entities.
  • Complete the core management courses in one summer—ideal for students who find it difficult to fit management courses into their schedule.
  • Qualify to take higher-level management courses upon completion of the summer program.
  • Develop career strategies in building your personal brand through sessions on skills assessment, writing resumes and business letters, interviewing skills, effective networking, and employer panels.
  • Stand out in the competitive job market for internships or full-time positions with enhanced credentials from the summer program.

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Carroll School of Management Dean's Office Courses

PRTO1000 Portico (Fall: 3)
This course is required for all Carroll School students and must be taken in the fall semester of their first year at BC. Portico fulfills the Carroll School ethics requirement.

This is the introductory course for Carroll School of Management’s first year students. Topics will include ethics, leadership, globalization, economic development, capitalism, innovation, entrepreneurship, vocational discernment, and the functional areas of business. This will be an interactive three-credit seminar, serving as one of the five courses in the fall semester and fulfilling the ethics requirement for the Carroll School. The instructor will serve as academic advisor during the student’s first year.
The Department

BCOM5588 Business Writing and Communication (Fall/Spring: 3)
Restricted to CSOM juniors and seniors
The course focuses on the types of communication done on the job, especially in corporations. Business assignments are used to illustrate appropriate writing and communication strategies, protocols, styles, and formats. Students work alone and in collaboration with others around a variety of assignments and tools including traditional paper reports, electronic discussion boards, e-mails, wikis, live chats, social media, and oral presentations. By the end of the semester, students will be proficient in producing business letters, instructions, reports, proposals, resumes and presentation materials.
Timothy Gray
Rita Owens

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Co-concentration in Business Analytics

The Business Analytics co-concentration is designed to be a second concentration for Carroll School of Management students, who must choose a primary concentration such as Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management and Leadership, Marketing or Operations Management. Up to one class from the co-concentration course list can be counted towards another concentration.

Business Analytics draws upon a portfolio of methods and tools including statistics, forecasting, experimental design, data mining, and modeling to turn data into information and insights. The business analytics field includes descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Descriptive analytics help organizations describe what has happened in their operating environment and includes gathering, organizing, tabulating, and communicating historical information: how many online subscribers do we have? Predictive analytics helps organizations understand what to do by uncovering relationships and associations in the available data, and uses techniques such as probability and forecasting to reveal the likelihood of outcomes: the number of online subscribers increases when we have banner advertising on search sites. Prescriptive analytics is focused on understanding the causal effects that can be discerned from data sets, and strives to predict what will happened, given a particular course of action: if we increase our banner advertising and provide one-click subscribing, how will the number of subscribers change?

The Business Analytics co-concentration builds upon the Carroll School of Management core. The co- concentration is designed to align with a variety of functional disciplines making Business Analytics an excellent complement to other concentrations.

Objectives of the Undergraduate Co-concentration in Business Analytics

The objectives of the undergraduate co-concentration are to develop managers who:

  • possess a broad and deep understanding of theories and concepts in business analytics
  • are adept at data management and analysis
  • understand and utilize quantitative techniques for historical analysis, predictive analysis, modeling, and simulation
  • are capable of applying analytical skills and knowledge to address management problems across disciplines and industries

Careers in Business Analytics

Students with skills in business analytics are in high demand in private industry, government, academia, and not-for-profit organizations in both cutting-edge technology firms and in older, more traditional industries such as financial services, transportation, healthcare, consulting, and transportation. Demand for people with strong analytical skills and the capability to use and analyze big data to make effective decisions is very strong and growing. Salaries for majors in Business Analytics are strong and will likely remain very competitive with all other concentrations in management.

Business Analytics Co-concentration Requirements

The following two courses are required for the co-concentration:

OPER6604 Management Science (spring)

ISYS3340 Analytics and Business Intelligence (fall)

Also take one of the following:

OPER3384 Predictive Analytics (spring)

MKTG6620 Marketing Information Analytics (spring)

Also take two additional courses, excluding any courses taken from above list:

OPER3304 Quality Management (spring)

OPER3384 Predictive Analytics (spring)

OPER6605 Risk Analysis and Simulation (fall)

OPER6606 Forecasting Techniques (fall and spring)

ISYS3257 Database Systems and Applications (fall and spring)

ISYS6621 Social Media for Management (fall and spring)

MKTG3161 Customer Relationship Management (fall and spring)

MKTG2153 Marketing Research (fall and spring)

MKTG3258 Advanced Marketing Analysis (fall)

MKTG6620 Marketing Information Analytics (spring)

MFIN6610 Financial Econometrics (spring)

Co-concentration in Entrepreneurship

Are you interested in revolutionizing markets or joining a firm that does? The entrepreneurship co-concentration provides a strong background for launching and managing high-growth ventures in nascent or high-velocity industries. The curriculum introduces a set of tools and a way of thinking that will help students to navigate the uncertain, ambiguous contexts that often characterize new initiatives in established firms as well as start-ups.

The Entrepreneurship co-concentration is designed to be a second concentration for Carroll School of Management students. Up to one class from the co-concentration course list can be counted towards another concentration.

Required courses:

The courses in the co-concentration include the following:


MGMT2170 Entrepreneurial Management

Required: one of the following two finance courses:

MFIN2212 Venture Capital/Private Equity

MFIN2210 Entrepreneurial Finance

Students must also take two electives from the following list:

BSLW6604 Law for the Entrepreneur

ISYS3205 TechTrek West

ISYS3215 Technology and Economic Development

ISYS3253/MKTG3253 Digital Commerce

ISYS3340/MKTG3340 Analytics and Business Intelligence

ISYS6621/MKTG6621 Social Media and Web

MGMT2123 Negotiation

MGMT2139 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MKTG3156 Digital Marketing

MKTG3158 Product Planning and Strategy

MKTG3170 Entrepreneurial Marketing in a Digital World

Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good


The Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good co-concentration is jointly sponsored by the Business Law and Society, Information Systems and Marketing departments. It is designed to be a second concentration for Carroll School of Management undergraduate students, who must first choose a primary concentration such as Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management and Leadership, Marketing, or Operations Management.

Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good aims to provide Carroll School students with a well-defined, interdisciplinary co-concentration focused on analyzing the multifaceted impacts of today’s global corporations, social enterprises, public sector, and nonprofit organizations.

In successfully completing this co-concentration, students will:

  • Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the extended social impacts of global corporations and why responsible enterprise values and the public good are relevant for all stakeholders
  • Learn to apply research and critical thinking to understand the challenges, benefits and current practices in corporate social responsibility
  • Explore the philosophical, ethical, legal, economic and ecological implications of the decisions made by corporate and public sector global leaders through case studies, readings and class discussions
  • Understand the challenges, available tools and innovative models for managing social impacts and balancing stakeholder value in a variety of corporate, nonprofit and public sector organizations
  • Develop and articulate a personal vision for integrating moral decision-making, social justice, citizenship and responsible management in their future professional lives.

Course Requirements

This co-concentration requires four courses (representing at least 12 credits), two of which are required and two of which are electives. In accordance with the interdisciplinary nature of Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good, students in this co-concentration will select their two electives from a list of courses jointly approved by the Carroll School of Management and participating departments in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. The MCAS elective courses taken for credit toward completing this co-concentration cannot be counted toward fulfilling other Boston College or MCAS course distribution requirements.

The following two Carroll School courses are required:

ISYS/MGMT3345 Managing for Social Impact (fall)

Social Impact Senior Seminar (spring of senior year)

In addition, students must take two approved MCAS elective courses (for a total of at least 6 credits), the list below is representative, not exhaustive:

ECON2273 Development Economics

ECON2278 Environmental Economics

ECON3317 Economics of Inequality

ECON3358 Industrial Organization: Creation and Strategy

EESC1174 Climate Change and Society

EESC1187 Geoscience and Public Policy

ENGL1011 Writing as Activism

ENGL4008 Writing as Social Impact

HIST2430 Business in American Life

HIST4890 American Environmental History

PHIL2216 Boston: An Urban Analysis

PHIL5534 Environmental Ethics

POLI2301 Policy and Politics in the U.S.

POLI2415 Models of Politics

SOCY1072 Inequality in America

SOCY3348 Environmental Sociology

SOCY5552 Social Entrepreneurship

THEO4433 Faith, Service and Solidarity

THEO5354 Modern Catholic Social Teaching

THEO5563 Ethics, Religion and International Politics

Application Process

During the two-year pilot period, which began in spring 2016, a maximum of 25 students per year will be accepted into the Managing for Social Impact co-concentration. Carroll students who are graduating in 2019 or later are eligible to apply. Online applications will be available in late January, applications will be due in mid-March and students will be notified in early April.

For questions about the Managing for Social Impact co-concentration, contact Professor Mary Cronin in the Information Systems Department at