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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

How many courses are required for this program?
10 courses are required (30 credits total).  

What are the requirements for admission?
Requirements are outlined on the admission page.

Do you offer admission to international applicants?
No, international applicants are not eligible to apply for fall 2017 or spring 2018.

What if my GPA is not a 3.0? Am I still eligible to apply for the program?
Yes, you are welcome to apply. We will consider your application and weigh a variety of factors to determine whether we are able to offer you admission. For particular applicants, we may be able to grant admission into the program with particular conditions noted (for example, passing the first two courses with a B or better in each during the first semester).

Must both of my letters of recommendation be from an academic source?
No, we prefer that one letter of recommendation be from an academic source, and another from an employer or person in a supervisory capacity who can speak about your interests and experience.

Does this program require the GRE?
GRE and GMAT scores are optional. They can be submitted as a way of strengthening an application, but they are not required.

Is there an option to take courses as a non-degree student?
Yes, qualified, accepted non-degree students may enroll in one of two courses as a non-degree student: Introduction to Sports Management or Sports Communication and Marketing. Please review the process and course options.

How much does the program cost?
Tuition for academic year 2017-18 for courses in the Masters of Science in Sports Administration is $1082 per credit, or $3246 for a three credit course.

Do you offer financial aid?
All students are eligible to apply for financial aid. The Woods College also has additional scholarships for students who qualify based upon both merit and need. You are welcome to inquire further with regard to your specific circumstances and needs.

Do you offer graduate course credit transfer?
No, transfer credits are not an option in the MSSA program.

Can you tell me about your faculty members?
All of our faculty members have advanced degrees in their specific fields of expertise and are accomplished practitioners in private industry.

What is the deadline for admission?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a December 10th deadline for spring enrollment and August 1st deadline for fall enrollment.  However, applications will still be considered after such deadlines, depending on available space.  Also, in particular circumstances, applicants may be approved to take summer courses and should inquire with the program director for more information.

How long does it take to complete the degree?
This is variable and is largely based on how many courses a student takes at any given time. If you take 2 courses per semester, you can complete the degree in 18 months.

Can students work full-time and pursue this degree?
This is certainly a possibility and we have designed the program to be flexible to accommodate a variety of scheduling needs.

Can students enter the program in the spring semester?
Yes. The priority application deadline is December 10.  However, students applying after this date may still be considered, depending on available space. 

Do you offer graduate student housing?
No. Boston College does not currently offer housing for graduate students but our Office of Residential Life does have a staff member who can help you find off-campus housing.