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Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs

Admissions FAQs


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

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Do I need to submit my official transcript(s) with my application?
At the time you submit your application, only a self-reported transcript is required. You may upload an image of your unofficial transcript to your application. Once you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please note that 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.

Can I receive credit for previous course work?
While course waiver policies vary according to program, there are generally two options for students to receive course credit for courses taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.  Students can receive equivalency credit for up to two courses and thus be allowed to waive core courses, but the credits must be fulfilled with electives. Advanced standing allows you to waive up to 6 credits (2 courses), which will reduce the overall credit requirement for your degree.  You must have received a grade of B or better in the course from which you chose to transfer credits.  Students can only receive advanced standing credit for core courses.  All students interested in receiving equivalency credit or advanced standing credit must complete a course waiver form to be evaluated by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs.

Do I need to submit an official copy of my GMAT or GRE scores with my application?
Only self-reported test scores are required when submitting the application. Upon admission, you must submit official test scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please note that 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 profiles to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students.
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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 four-year 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 medium language of instruction must be indicated on your transcript or verified in a letter on official letterhead from the institution.  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.

Can I waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE if I transferred from an international university to a university in the U.S.?
In order to be eligible for the waiver, the entirety of your degree must be conducted with English as the medium language of instruction.  If the international university from which you transferred was a university where the medium language of instruction was English, then you are able to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam.  If admitted to the program, the medium language of instruction must be indicated on your official transcript or verified in a letter on official letterhead from the institution.  If the international university from which you transferred was not an English medium institution, then you cannot waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam. 

Can I take classes before applying?
Students are not able to take courses at the Carroll School of Management without gaining admission to one of our degree-granting programs.  However, the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College opens a few courses each semester to non-degree seeking students.

May I visit a class?
Yes. We encourage you to learn more about our programs 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.

What is the procedure to reapply to a graduate program?
Candidates who wish to reapply for admission in a subsequent year must submit a new application via the online system.  We will waive the application fee, so please contact the Admissions Office before submitting your application.  You would not be required to resubmit GMAT or GRE test scores.   

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Tuition and Financial Aid


How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for an assistantship or 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). Please contact the Boston College Office of Student Services at (617) 552-3300 for additional information about federal financial aid, as well as alternative loan sources. 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 an assistantship or a scholarship?
Scholarship and assistantship offers are made at the time of admission. If you are admitted and you requested to be considered for merit-based scholarship, you will receive a letter regarding the Committee’s scholarship decision with your admission materials. 

Are Part-Time MBA students eligible for tuition assistance from Boston College?
Our practice is to evaluate every admitted MBA candidate for advanced standing credit - a potential savings of time and tuition expense.  Eligible candidates may qualify for a waiver of up to five MBA courses (for a maximum of 15 credits), based upon prior coursework and/or professional certification (eg. CPA, CFA).  This translates to potential tuition savings of up to $24,180 (based on 2016-2017 tuition rates).  Please review our Academic Resources web page for detailed information on Advanced Standing credit.

Part-Time MBA students may also apply for Federally-Funded Financial Aid.  Admitted students should download the FAFSA form from the Graduate Student Financial Services website.  Admitted students are encouraged to contact their designated Boston College Graduate Student Financial Aid Associate via email.  For general questions, please call or email the Office of Student Services.

What are the estimated tuition and expenses for the graduate programs?
For Full-Time MBA Students the tuition rate for the Academic Year 2016-2017 is $23,670 per semester. Tuition for the 2016–2017 academic year is $1,612 per credit hour for Part-Time MBA, MSF, and MSA students. Books, supplies, and fees are estimated at $1,500. Full-time students may be eligible for a scholarship, a graduate assistantship, or a federal loan. See Tuition and Fees for additional information about tuition and financial aid.

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Next Steps


I’ve been admitted to a graduate program. How do I accept my offer of admission?
You should have received an enrollment form with a reply deadline 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 Carroll School of Management.

When and how do I register for classes?  
Once you have been admitted, we will send you access to a website for admitted students that explains the registration process and everything else you need to know about enrolling at Boston College.

When does the fall semester begin?
Orientation for the Full-Time MBA program is traditionally held in mid to late August with classes beginning the following week.  Part-Time MBA, MSF and MSA Orientations are held  in late August. Classes typically begin the Tuesday after Labor Day. Check Courses & Schedules for more information.

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For International Students


Are international students able to apply to the Part-Time graduate programs?
Boston College does not sponsor the F-1 student visa for our part-time students. International students who wish to pursue their graduate degree on a part-time basis must be sponsored otherwise. If you require a student visa, then you are only eligible to apply to the Full-Time programs.  

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 page for international students.

I received a 3 year degree from my international university.  Can I apply to your school?
We require that applicants to our graduate programs have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. Bachelor's Degree.  We typically recommend that international students confirm their educational equivalency with a credential evaluation organization such as World Education Services ( if they are unsure of their transcript's equivalency.  You may upload the WES report to your online application to demonstrate your educational equivalency to the Admissions Committee.  If you choose not to have your transcript verified, please note the Admissions Committee may reach out to you after you submit your application if they have questions regarding your degree.

Do you offer any kind of conditional acceptance?
We do not offer any kind of conditional acceptance to Boston College. All applicants must apply to the appropriate deadline and meet all of our application requirements to be considered for admission.

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Do I need work experience to qualify for the Full-Time MBA program?
Applicants are evaluated on a number of criteria, including transcripts, test scores, essays, recommendations, and employment history. While work experience is not required, we recommend that you have at least two years of professional work experience before entering the Full-Time MBA program; the average work experience in recent classes has been four and a half years. Only a small number of applicants are accepted directly out of college. Check our class profile to learn more about our current students’ qualifications.

Does the Full-Time MBA program have a diverse student body?
Yes, our Full-Time MBA students bring a wealth of diverse experiences from a variety of ethnic, international, personal, and professional backgrounds. This diversity contributes to a rich cultural and global perspective that influences teamwork and classroom discussions. Please review our class profile to review the statistics of current students.

In what industries are Full-Time MBA graduates employed?
The Boston College Full-Time MBA program is a cross-functional degree with a strong emphasis on teamwork and a global perspective. Because our MBA students enter the program with an average of 4 years of work experience in a range of career fields, they are able to make immediate contributions to the organizations where they are employed in a wide range of industries. For more information about where our graduates work, please see our Placement Data.

Does Boston College have information about the MBA program for military students?
For information about the MBA program for military students, please view the MBA Veterans and Military and MBA programs. Please see U.S. Veterans Education Benefits or contact Linda Malenfant in the Office of Student Services for additional information on benefits and resources for veterans and military personnel.

How long does it take to complete the Part-Time MBA Program?
Typically, part-time students complete the program in 3-4 years.  Most students take two courses each semester, and summer coursework is at your discretion.  Classes meet once a week from 7 to 9:30 p.m. during the academic year, with a limited number meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or on Saturday.  Summer courses meet twice a week from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Is work experience required for admission to the MSF program?
The MSF program is open to both those with work experience and those without. For international students, however, we highly recommend that students have some work experience, particularly if they are seeking post-MSF employment in the United States due to the increasingly competitive US employment market. The MSF Program is designed to meet the diverse needs of finance professionals, career changers, and recent undergraduates. Check our class profile to learn more about our current students’ academic backgrounds and work experience.

If I have not completed all the prerequisite courses for the MSF program, can I take them at Boston College after I am enrolled in the program?
If you are applying for the Cohort program, you must complete coursework in Statistics, Calculus, Accounting and Financial Management prior to enrolling. These courses can be completed at any accredited 4-year degree granting institution, including online universities. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement.

Could you review my transcript to let me know if I meet all the prerequisite requirements?

The faculty does not review transcripts until a student has been admitted. At that point, the faculty would let you know where you stood in terms of completing the prerequisites. Any outstanding prerequisites would then need to be completed before entering the program (if applying to the MSF Cohort program).

Does the MSF Program prepare students for the CFA exam?
The primary purpose of the MSF Program is to prepare students for careers in finance, not to pass the CFA exam. However, our students have achieved a high success rate on the exam in the past several years.

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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.

Is work experience required for admission to the MSA program?
Work experience is not required for the MSA program. Students can gain admission directly from their undergraduate studies.

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.

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