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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Certificate Requirements

professional studies certificate

The Professional Studies certificate is an end in itself for some students. For others, it may be applied toward completion of a bachelor’s degree. Whatever one’s ultimate goal: to qualify for promotion, initiate a career change, or earn an undergraduate degree, professional studies can help achieve that objective.

The number of courses required to complete a Professional Studies certificate varies with the area of study, but in every instance courses must be completed at Boston College.

Students must receive at least a grade of C for each course credited toward the certificate.

Certificate requirements should be completed within two years of initial enrollment; courses are permanently retained on the student record.

A request to receive a formal certificate must be filed in the Woods College of Advancing Studies the semester the certificate requirements are completed.

Professional Studies in Accounting requires Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Nonprofits and Government Accounting or Account Theory: FAST III.

Professional Studies in Communication requires Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, Computer-Mediated Communication, two electives such as Public Relations, Negotiation/Conflict Resolution, Team Dynamics, Corporate Communication, Exploring the Internet, Collaborative Computing, Discovering Computer Graphics.

Professional Studies in Criminal and Social Justice requires Law for Layperson, Family Law, and three electives from Psychology and Law, Crime and Correction in America, Deviant Behavior, White Collar Crime, Crime without Boundaries, Health Psychology, Psychological Trauma, Law and Society.

Professional Studies in Finance requires Principles of Financial Management, Financial Statement Analysis, Microeconomic Theory, and two electives such as Investments, Personal Finance.

Professional Studies in Human Resources requires Organizational Communication, Health Psychology, Human Resource Management, and three electives such as Family Law, Social Policy, Crime Without Boundaries, Negotiating/Conflict Resolution, Team Dynamics, Labor Relations/Human Relations, Interpersonal Relations, Group Dynamics.

Professional Studies in Information Technology requires Exploring the Internet, Database Management, Video Games and Virtual Reality, and two IT electives.

Professional Studies in Management requires Managerial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Principles of Financial Management, Psychology and Law, Marketing Overview, Micro and Macro Economics, Economic Statistics, Organizational Communication.

Professional Studies in Marketing requires Marketing Overview, Marketing Research, two Marketing electives, Economic Statistics, Managerial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis.