Industry Focused, Ethically Aligned

Woods College students stand as the future leaders of their fields, critically engaged citizens formed by a remarkable, ethics-focused education. Our five degree programs feature rigor and reward: They challenge you to reach new heights while being flexible enough to meet you wherever you are.

You’ll learn from faculty who are industry experts and accomplished academics, practitioners who enrich the classroom with firsthand experience in business innovation, corporate strategy, and emerging technology. And our curricula are professionally oriented, designed to keep pace with industry trends and instill perennially relevant skills.

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Applied Economics
<p>Current industry practitioners lead courses covering ethics-based approaches to public policy, big data, health care economics, banking and insurance, marketing research, and more. Our program—which is a Department of Homeland Security STEM Designated Degree Program—emphasizes the practical application of coursework and academic study. You’ll acquire hands-on experience with seasoned economists.</p> <p>You can pursue your degree full-time or part-time; classes are held in the evenings.<br> &nbsp;</p> <h3>Requirements:</h3> <ul> <li>Applied Macroeconomic Theory</li> <li>Applied Microeconomic Theory</li> <li>Data Analysis</li> <li>Econometrics</li> <li>Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy</li> <li>Five electives<br> </li> </ul>
<p>This program provides you with the knowledge and quantitative skills you need to succeed in today's data-driven economy. You’ll master the data analysis and tools organizations rely on to evaluate policies and programs, develop forecasts, track consumer behavior, and design marketing campaigns.</p>
Senior Data Analyst Economist Data Scientist Pricing Analyst Research Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst
Applied Economics & Cybersecurity Policy
<p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p>The&nbsp;Woods College offers a dual degree program in Applied Economics and Cybersecurity Policy &amp; Governance.&nbsp;&nbsp;Applicants will be able to submit one application, and select the Dual Degree option in the application, but they must be independently admitted into both programs.&nbsp; Applicants must satisfy all requirements for admission for both programs, including necessary background courses.&nbsp; Students must also provide required standardized tests.&nbsp; Waiver of GRE/GMAT in one program does not automatically translate into waiver for the other.&nbsp; Additionally, the MSCY program does not accept international applicants at this time.</p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/graduate/masters-programs/ms-cybersecurity.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">M.S. in&nbsp;Cybersecurity Policy &amp; Governance</span></a></p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/graduate/masters-programs/ms-applied-economics.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">M.S. in Applied Economics&nbsp;</span></a></p> <h4>&nbsp;</h4>
<p>To prepare students to work in the emerging field of Cybersecurity Policy, and to understand the data analytic component of the Applied Economics field, the&nbsp;Woods College offers a dual degree program in Applied Economics and Cybersecurity Policy &amp; Governance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
Corporate Communications & Marketing
<p>With a strong foundation focused on essential management principles, this four-course certificate can be completed in as few as eight months. You’ll be prepared to handle the challenges—and take advantage of the opportunities—in this highly competitive and creative field.</p> <h3><br> Required courses:</h3> <ul> <li>Communication in a Global Work Environment</li> <li>Social Influence</li> <li>Public Relations &amp; Crisis Communications</li> <li>Marketing Analytics<br> </li> </ul> <div>Credit is fully transferable to the MS in Leadership and Administration Program.</div>
<p>Are you interested in managing the PR division of a growing nonprofit, working as a project manager for a large corporation or the government, or marketing your own services or products? This program is designed to match both your interests and industry needs.</p>
Editor Public Relations Officer Senior Technical Writer Underwriter Reporter
Cybersecurity Policy & Governance
<p>Our 10-course program prepares you to help organizations protect their data, identify and manage risk, and recover from cyberattacks. Industry leaders teach courses, emphasizing leadership, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication skills.</p> <p>We offer courses during the evenings and in hybrid format; you can complete the program full-time or part-time.<br> &nbsp;</p> <h3>Requirements:</h3> <ul> <li>Cyber Ecosystem and Cybersecurity</li> <li>Cybersecurity Policy: Privacy &amp; Legal Requirements</li> <li>Network &amp; Infrastructure Security</li> <li>Incident Response &amp; Management</li> <li>Organizational Effectiveness: Governance, Risk Management &amp; Compliancy</li> <li>Ethical Issues in Cybersecurity &amp; the Ignatian Paradigm</li> <li>Four electives<br> </li> </ul>
<p>Acquire the tools and skills you need to manage cybersecurity practice and policy in the private industry, government, and the nonprofit worlds. Our program prepares professionals to meet the ever-evolving challenges of today’s cyber ecosystem.</p>
Chief Information Security Officer Cybersecurity Consultant Privacy Analyst Compliance Officer Privacy and Security In-House Counsel
Data Analytics
<p>This program is ideal for students who are interested in advancing their skills and improving their competitiveness in the job market but not yet ready to pursue a master’s degree. Students may complete this program in as few as eight months, and for-credit courses can be transferred to Boston College’s Master of Science in Applied Economics program.<br> &nbsp;</p> <h3>Curriculum:</h3> <ul> <li>Data Analysis</li> <li>Econometrics</li> <li>Big Data Econometrics</li> <li>Predictive Analytics/Forecasting</li> </ul>
<p>Complex modeling, big data techniques, predictive modeling/forecasting—these are just a few of the topics covered in this highly relevant program. Over four courses, managers and other professionals learn how to manage data, understand analytic reports, and use data to improve organizations.</p>
Data Analyst Web Analytics Associate Business Intelligence Analyst Market Researcher
Executive Leadership/Organizational Dev.
<h3>Executive Leadership and Organizational Development Certificate</h3> <p>This four-course graduate certificate can be completed in as few as eight months.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> <br> </p> <h3>Required courses:</h3> <ul> <li>Organization Theory &amp; Design</li> <li>Talent Management</li> <li>Leader as Change Agent</li> <li>Business Strategy</li> </ul> <div>Credit is fully transferable to the MS in Leadership and Administration Program.</div>
<p>What goes into successful leadership and organizations? This program provides you with skills to handle the complex challenges of leading organizations in increasingly globalized environments. Coursework equips you with an understanding of how interpersonal, cultural, systemic, and international issues affect business.</p>
Technical Manager Human Resources Manager Director CEO Recruiting Specialist
Healthcare Administration
<p>Our program is flexible: You can take 12 of the 13 courses as self-paced, faculty-led online courses. Choose from an eight-week (fall/spring) or six-week (summer) format. Dedicated executive coaches provide guidance as you complete the program.<br> <br> </p> <h3>Sample courses:</h3> <ul> <li>Introduction to Healthcare Systems and Organizations</li> <li>Healthcare Quality Management</li> <li>Healthcare Innovation-Based Strategy: Managing Change</li> <li>Health Policy</li> <li>Management Theory and Organizational Behavior</li> <li>Leadership in Healthcare</li> <li>Healthcare Human Resources Management</li> </ul>
<p>Industry-aligned, convenient, and personalized, our program imparts the skills and knowledge you need to lead effectively in the healthcare industry. We designed it in collaboration with healthcare professionals: Its competency-based model allows you to build mastery at your pace.</p>
Emergency Department Director Health Manager Clinical Manager Registered Nurse Program Director
Human Resources
<h3>Professional Studies Certificate</h3> <p>This hybrid, five-course program prepares students with two years’ professional HR experience for the main content areas covered in the Professional in Human Resources Exam. Those who complete the program will be better equipped to:</p> <ul> <li>Recruit, retain, train, and evaluate employees</li> <li>Maintain a positive work environment</li> <li>Oversee compensation, benefits, and labor relations</li> <li>Manage risk</li> </ul> <p>Credits are fully transferable to a major in English or Corporate Systems. We accept applications on a rolling basis.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/human-resources.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Professional Studies Program Details</span></a></p> <h3>Graduate Certificate</h3> <p>With topics that range from employee management to labor relations to employment law, this program helps you learn the skills and theories needed to excel in today’s HR landscape. Our four-course program is aligned with the major testing requirements of the Professional in Human Resources Exam.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/graduate/certificates/human-resources-management.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Graduate Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>As the workforce grows and diversifies, it’s more important than ever for organizations both big and small to maintain positive work environments. Our programs prepare you to take on the responsibility of ensuring everyone is treated fairly and equitably.</p>
Human Resources Associate Recruiting Specialist Benefits Specialist Talent Manager Program Administrator
Leadership & Administration
<p>Choose a specialization from one of four areas: Corporate Communications and Marketing, Executive Leadership and Organizational Development, Human Resources Management, Project Management. Online, hybrid, and on-campus courses meet the needs of working professionals.</p> <p>You’ll complete six core courses plus an additional four courses within your area of specialization.</p> <p>Core courses:</p> <ul> <li>Research Methods and Data Analysis</li> <li>Accounting and Financial Analysis</li> <li>Project Management</li> <li>Evolution of Successful Marketing Strategies in the Digital Era</li> <li>Leadership and Decision Making: Ignatian-based Applied Ethics</li> <li>Applied Research Project (final semester only)</li> </ul>
<p>Attain the agile skills and knowledge to lead across a variety of professions and positions. You’ll develop a strong foundation in applied research and data analysis, project management, and Ignatian-based applied ethics.</p>
Project Manager Director of Marketing Public Relations Officer Organizational Development Consultant Recruitment Specialist
Nondegree Coursework
<p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/sites/information-for/nondegree-students.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Register for a course as a nondegree student</span></a></p>
<p>Hone your skills, improve your competitiveness on the job market, and explore subjects before committing to a master’s program—all while learning from industry experts and accomplished academics. Enjoy the flexibility to convert two courses to degree-seeking status later should you be accepted.</p>
Project Management
<p>This hybrid, four-course certificate program provides a foundational understanding of practices and principles of modern management—including accounting, finance, marketing, leadership, and organizational behavior. The curriculum is particularly well-suited to the needs of aspiring managers and business professionals.</p> <h3>Required Certificate Course:</h3> <ul> <li>ADGR&nbsp;8110 Agile Methodologies&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>ADGR&nbsp;8130 Risk Management/Quality Management</li> <li>ADGR 8201 Applied Techniques, Software &amp; Reporting&nbsp;</li> <li>ADGR 8203 Stakeholder Management and Procurement</li> </ul> <p>Credit is fully transferable to the MS in Leadership and Administration Program.</p>
<p>By 2020, the U.S. project management sector is projected to grow by six million jobs. Fill the need and gain the critical skills and ways of thinking necessary to handle projects that are becoming increasingly complex through this program.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Project Manager Director of Project Management Program Manager Technical Manager Analyst
Sports Administration
<p>Our 10-course program features courses focused on practice, application, and team building in this rapidly growing industry. You’ll learn from industry leaders, graduating with skills that translate into best practices. Choose from full-and part-time options and evening and weekend classes.<br> &nbsp;</p> <h3>Requirements:</h3> <ul> <li>Introduction to Sports Management</li> <li>Sports Law and Compliance</li> <li>Sports Communication and Marketing</li> <li>Sports Finance</li> <li>Sports Leadership and Ignatian-Based Ethics</li> <li>Sports Media and Public Affairs</li> <li>Sports Analytics</li> <li>Coaching for Performance and Student-Athlete Development</li> <li>The History of Sports</li> <li>Applied Research Project or Internship<br> </li> </ul>
<p>Acquire the foundation you need to broaden your sports management skills, cultivate a culture of collaboration and teamwork, and propel teams forward, in and out of the game—all at a top-tier research institution with accomplished academics and practitioners.</p>
Athletics Director Sales Associate Associate Athletics Director Communications Manager Head Coach

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My educational experience at BC exposed me to different opportunities and learning experiences that I would not have had outside of the classroom. The courses I took while completing my masters degree positioned me to confidently change careers from higher education to human resources.
Cindy Rodriguez, Human Resources Management

Graduate Program Academic Advisors

Our graduate program directors serve as advisors to their programs' current and prospective students.

Sam Hay

Sam Hay

Sam works with M.S. in Leadership and Administration students, M.S. in Sports Administration students, undergraduate B.A. students, and veteran students. Appointments are available Monday-Friday.

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Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers

Kevin is the founding director for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program at the Woods College and an assistant professor of the practice in Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

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Sasha Tomic

Sasha Tomic

Sasha is the director of the Master of Science in Applied Economics program and associate dean for strategy, innovation, and technology at the Woods College. He also holds associate professor of the practice appointments at Boston College's Morrissey College and Carroll School.

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Emily Raviola

Emily Raviola

Emily is the assistant director of the Master of Health Administration program, where she draws on her background in public health, operations, research, and communications to support the hybrid online competency-based program.

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