Certificate in Social Justice Leadership

Certificate in Social Justice Leadership

Develop current and aspiring leaders to enact a theory of change to boldly advance equity in schools. This program provides intensive support to educators committed to deepening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to ameliorate educational inequities in relation to standards-based reform and technological advances and to employ evidence-based practices.

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At a Glance

How many courses?

Most students take 3 courses (9 credits total). 

How long will it take?

Students typically finish within a semester or a year.

When can I start?

You can begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters.


This online or hybrid program develops administrators, community leaders, and advocates who will create fair and meaningful learning opportunities for all students. Through a series of three courses, participants discern organizational impediments to students’ opportunities to learn, then envision and enact a systemic response to confront these barriers.


  • Courses: 3
  • Credits: 9


In both research and teaching, our faculty champion diversity—inclusive of race, language, learning abilities, and socioeconomic status—necessary to effect meaningful change. As students put their own scholarship into action, faculty members help guide their growth as critical thinkers, reflective leaders, and engaged citizens.



  • Princeton University
  • Brown University
  • University of Miami
  • Kyung Hee University
  • Fordham University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Merrimack College
  • Elms College
  • Monsignor Haddad Middle School
  • The Legal Aid Society


  • Communications & Outreach Coordinator
  • Study Abroad Advisor
  • Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations
  • Policy Analyst
  • Admission Counselor
  • Career Consultant
  • Resident Director
  • President
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Education Attorney



Application & Deadlines

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  • This program is rolling admissions.


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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