The Boston College Prison Education Program (BCPEP) joined the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison in 2019. With the support of the Bard Prison Initiative and friends of the University, BCPEP is in the process of building a college-in-prison program within MCI-Shirley. The first cohort was admitted in summer 2019 and began accruing credits toward Bachelor of Arts degrees in the fall 2019 semester.

BCPEP students begin their studies in Core Curriculum courses which, as on campus, establish a common foundation and provide a breadth of knowledge in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Courses are taught by Boston College faculty and the transferable credits are granted through the University.

Boston College strives to provide an education that goes beyond the classroom and the campus for all of its students. To that end, BCPEP reflects the University’s distinctive mission by embodying a commitment to the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person and preparing students for meaningful lives in service of the common good.



The BC Prison Education Program (BCPEP) offers courses taught by leading scholars from across Boston College's many disciplines. If you are a BC professor interested in teaching for BCPEP, please email Patrick Conway to inquire about openings and the application process.


Contact Information

BCPEP would love to hear from you!

Please write Patrick Conway, Program Director, with comments or inquiries about:

  • teaching in the program as a BC faculty member
  • tutoring opportunities
  • information on how you can give to ensure incarcerated students in Massachusetts have access to a rigorous liberal arts education, preparing them for meaningful lives serving the common good