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Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs

MSA Admission

The Carroll School of Management seeks to enroll a diverse class of of bright and creative future business leaders. We seek candidates who are driven to make an impact in business and society, whether working for Big Four accounting firms or elsewhere in the industry.

In evaluating MSA applications, the Admissions Committee looks for academic excellence and outstanding potential for leadership. If applying to the MSA Summer Program, prior coursework in accounting is not required, but students are expected to be proficient in communication skills and mathematics.

Applicants are required to apply online, and notification of all admission decisions will be made through our online system.

Applicants for admission to the BC MSA Program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The following materials should be submitted with the online application form:

  • Your current resume, including education and employment history
  • Transcripts from every college or university in which you were enrolled in a degree-granting program
  • GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years; GMAT school code: 44x-J5-96, GRE school code: 3033
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores (if applicable) from within the past two years: TOEFL school code is 3033
  • A separate Employment History, using the form provided within the online application
  • Recommendations from two individuals who can provide an objective appraisal of your capacity for intensive graduate study and your potential for professional success
  • Two personal essays
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $100 USD

Additionally, MSA candidates may be asked to complete an evaluative interview at the invitation of the Admissions Committee.

If you are not a citizen of the United States, please view requirements for international applicants.

If you applied to any of the graduage programs at the Carroll School in 2013-2014 but did not enroll, please review our re-application process.

If you are a current student in the Carroll School interested in applying to the MBA/MSA dual degree program, please use the application for current students.

Two personal essays are required to apply to the BC MSA Program. You may also submit one additional optional essay with your application. All essays should be limited to 500 words in length, typed in 12-point font, and double-spaced. The essay questions are:

Essay 1:  Please discuss how you plan to achieve your short and long term career goals. What challenges will you face and how will you leverage your academic and professional experiences to achieve these goals?

Essay 2:  Please indicate your reasons for applying to the Carroll School of Management. What unique characteristics of the Boston College MSA Program resonate with you both personally and professionally?

Optional Essay (select one):

1. Please introduce yourself to the BC community. Feel free to be creative in expressing your message.

2. Is there any aspect of your candidacy that you would like to explain in more detail?

For priority consideration, submit your application by the earliest date possible. Applications submitted after the last deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis, in the order in which they are received.

 MSA Summer*
 December 1, 2014
 February 15, 2015
 MSA/MSF dual degree
 December 1, 2014
 February 15, 2015
 MSA Fall**
 February 1, 2015
 April 1, 2015

*The MSA Summer Program begins on May 28, 2015. To enroll, you must be able to be present for orientation on this date.

**To apply to the MSA Fall Program, you must earn an undergraduate degree in accounting. All other applicants must apply to the MSA Summer Program.

The following represents the estimated tuition and fees for the MSA Program for the 2014-2015 academic year.


 Tuition Rate Per Credit Hour (2014-2015)  $1,490
 Tuition (For 30 credits)  $44,700
 Academic Year Living Expense  $14,805
 Books and Fees  $1,500
 Medical Insurance  $2,461
 Personal Expenses  $3,255
 Summer Living Expenses  $6,020


The Carroll School of Management offers a wide range of merit-based scholarships to both domestic and international Full-Time students. The University also offers loan and work-study programs to help students finance their educations.


All candidates for admission to the MSA Program are considered for a merit scholarship award. Scholarships range in value and are typically awarded to exceptionally strong candidates. These institutional awards are determined by committee and administered at the point of admission.

Learn more about scholarships and aid at the Carroll School.


The Office of Financial Services seeks to help graduate students eligible for financial aid meet the costs of their education at Boston College. All U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may be considered for need-based financial aid.

For more information, please contact Boston College's Office of Financial Services.

If there is any information about the admission process you were not able to find, please visit our Admissions FAQs.