Master of Science (M.S.) in Leadership & Administration

The MS program builds the leaders the world needs by training graduates to lead change in diverse and complex environments. The curriculum emphasizes strategies to combat a disruptive world while emphasizing organizational and personal resilience. Students will focus on creativity, innovation, teamwork and customer service through inclusive leadership practices that builds others up. Students will gain the critical skills needed to make the ethical decisions through coursework focused on the ability to ask the right questions; analyze data and trends; gain self awareness, interpersonal and communication skills; and strategies for managing continual change.

Degree candidates in Leadership and Administration complete a minimum of ten courses. At least eight of the courses must be taken in the Boston College Leadership and Administration program. Up to two courses of comparable graduate work may qualify for transfer credit. In addition to the four specialization electives, there are six core courses that all students are required to take. The core courses are:

  1. Leading and Managing Change*
  2. Project Management
  3. Evolution of Successful Marketing Strategies in the Digital Era
  4. Leadership and Decision Making: Ignatian-based Applied Ethics
  5. Inclusive Leadership*
  6. Applied Research Project (Final semester only).

*For students entering fall 2020. Students who began prior to fall 2020 should consult Program Director and follow previous program of study.

The MS in Leadership & Administration program offers rolling admissions after the regular June 15th deadline. Applications will still be accepted and reviewed until August 15 for fall 2020.

Program Outcomes:

  • Develop diverse and equitable teams utilizing inclusive leadership practices
  • Apply effective cross-cultural communication skills and reflective practices to lead change in organizations, industry and communities
  • Lead innovative, cross-functional teams to drive project success
  • Apply ethical decision-making to high stakes workplace scenarios
  • Analyze current market trends to inform brand and marketing strategy
  • Develop change management plans that lead to sustainable organizational transformation

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Specializations

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exciting, relevant, and in-demand options

About the Program

Whether you are interested in managing the public relations division of a growing non-profit, working as a project manager for a large corporation or government entity, or marketing your own services or products, our courses are designed to match your interests and industry needs. With a strong core designed around management principles you will be prepared to handle the challenges of this highly competitive and creative field. 

At a Glance

How many courses?

10 courses—six core courses and four electives

Flexible.

Designed as a full- or part-time course of study, the M.S. in Leadership and Administration is tailored to professionals looking to advance. We offer evening, online, weekend, and hybrid (online and on campus) courses, allowing you to continue working while in the program.

REQUIRED COURSES:

ADGR 8006 Communication in a Global Work Environment
ADGR 8045 Public Relations & Crisis Communications 
ADGR 8120 Marketing Analytics 
ADGR 8200 Social Influence

About the Program

The Executive Leadership and Organizational Development specialization at Boston College develops a new generation of agile and ethical stewards of high performing and sustainable organizations. Through coursework with the Jesuit principles as the foundation, students will learn the benefit of self-reflection and contemplation to inform the design and execution of business strategy in complex organizations. The Executive leadership and organizational specialization focuses on business alignment, change agility, managing shifting demands, and inspiring a culture of advocacy and engagement. 

At a Glance

How many courses?

10 courses—six core courses and four electives

Flexible.

Designed as a full- or part-time course of study, the M.S. in Executive Leadership and Organizational Development is tailored to professionals looking to advance. We offer evening, online, weekend, and hybrid (online and on campus) courses, allowing you to continue working while in the program.

REQUIRED COURSES:

ADGR 8010 Leader as Change Agent
ADGR 8015 Business Strategy 
ADGR 8030 Talent Management
ADGR 8046 Organization Theory & Design

About the Program

Organizations are increasingly looking to their Human Resource function as a strategic partner in evolving their business strategy and responding to changing workforce needs. To be a trusted and impactful human resources practitioner today you need to have the knowledge and skills to enable strategic change and reshape workforce practices. The Human Resources Management specialization at Boston College, utilizing Jesuit principles as its foundation, helps you gain the competencies needed to guide and influence leaders in building healthy and sustainable organizations; create practices to attract, develop and engage talent to meet the organizations needs; and lead with confidence, objectivity, and credibility.

At a Glance

How many courses?

10 courses—six core courses and four electives

Flexible.

Designed as a full- or part-time course of study, the M.S. in Human Resource Management is tailored to professionals looking to advance. We offer evening, online, weekend, and hybrid (online and on campus) courses, allowing you to continue working while in the program.

REQUIRED COURSES:

ADGR 8030 Talent Management                                 
ADGR 8053 Employment and Labor Law
ADGR 8055 Human Resource Development
ADGR 8090 Workforce Planning 

About the Program

The Project Management sector is projected to grow by 6 million jobs in the United States by 2020 and by an even greater number internationally. The critical skills and perspectives required by today's project managers continue to evolve and expand as projects become increasingly complex and time more constrained. The Project Management specialization is designed to provide the adaptive management and problem solving skills you need to succeed in this exciting field.  You will learn how to effectively plan projects, and manage and mitigate risk while maintaining high standards of quality.  The program will also further develop your team management skills and expand strategies and perspectives on how to balance the competing demands of various stakeholders involved in a project.  With a curriculum grounded in the Ignatian tradition, you will learn how to approach professional decisions with discernment and ethical sensitivity.  Graduates will go on to apply their versatile skill set within a wide variety of professional domains - including information technology, healthcare management, cybersecurity and more.

At a Glance

How many courses?

10 courses—six core courses and four electives

Flexible.

Designed as a full- or part-time course of study, the M.S. in Project Management is tailored to professionals looking to advance. We offer evening, online, weekend, and hybrid (online and on campus) courses, allowing you to continue working while in the program.

REQUIRED COURSES:

ADGR 8110 Agile Methodologies 
ADGR 8130 Risk Management/Quality Management
ADGR 8201  Applied Techniques: Software & Reportings
ADGR 8203 Stakeholder Management and Procurement

What will I study?

Fall 2020 Courses: Click on a course to see the course description. 

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Our Faculty

Where do our students and graduates work?



Director, Program Management Office, S&P Global, Market Intelligence
 

Senior Analyst for Acute Inside Sales, Cardinal Health
 

Volunteer and Operations Officer, Strong Women Strong Girls
 

External Affairs Associate, Malden Catholic High School


Benefits Specialist, Human Resources Department, Mid size law firm in Boston
 

Employment Placement Specialist, Year Up Boston

 

 

Application Information

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please mail application materials to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate wcasadm@bc.edu as the recipient.

 

Online Application

Application fee $60 (to be paid as part of the online application)

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Résumé

To be uploaded to your online Application Form

Standardized Tests

The Woods College MS in Leadership and Administration does not require the GRE or GMAT for admissions. If you believe your scores would enhance your application, please feel free to submit them. Our GRE reporting code is 7534 and our GMAT reporting code is 44X-HX-07. 

For all non-native English speakers the TOEFL (reporting code 3276) or IELTS (if applicable) is required. Please view the international page for required test scores. If your undergraduate degree was conducted in English, you may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver. Please contact Woods College Admissions if you believe you qualify for a waiver.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. If you have been out of school for less than 5 years, one of these letters must speak to your academic abilities and should come from a professor, academic advisor, or other person who would be able to discuss your academic record.

Letters must be sent directly from recommender either through online application portal or directly to Woods College.  We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from recommender or emailed directly from recommender.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

Please mail transcripts to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate wcasadm@bc.edu as the recipient.

Boston College Alumni and Current Students:
Your BC transcript must be formally requested from the Office of Student Services and submitted to the Woods College. Woods cannot request or access transcripts independently. 

Official Transcript Submission for International Applicants.

All students who have, or are currently attending, an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation  indicating the conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  

This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. 
This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted to complete the application.
  

Please request a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

www.ece.org

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117

www.cedevaluations.com

World Education Services Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

www.wes.org


Applicants whose Native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, for required scores, visit our International Student page.

International Student page

Interview

For all international students and non-native English speakers, interviews are conducted as part of the application process. The purpose of the interview is for the admission committee to gain a better sense of an applicant and how the program fits his or her academic and vocational needs. Additionally, the interview provides the committee an opportunity to answer a student’s specific questions and to address the unique needs one may have in transitioning to Boston College.  The interview will last no more than 15 minutes.  Qualified applicants will receive information on how to schedule an interview once their application has been received and initially evaluated. 

Questions

If you have questions about the program, please contact Program Director Elisabeth Hiles.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 750-1000 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Deadlines

Entrance Term: Application Due Date: Decision Letter Sent By:
Fall Early Deadline: May 1 June 1
  Regular Deadline: June 15
(International Students applying for Fall must submit an application by June 15th.)
July 15
 

Rolling admissions after Regular deadline. Applications will still be accepted and reviewed after June 15 for fall 2020.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Spring  Early Deadline: October 15
(International Students applying for spring must submit an application by October 15th Applications received after October 15th will be considered for the summer semester.)
November 15
  Regular Deadline: November 15 December 15
  Rolling admissions after Regular deadline.  Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.
Summer  Early Deadline: March 1 April 1
  Regular Deadline: April 1 
(International Students applying for summer I must submit an application by March 1st. Summer 2 applicants must submit an application by April 1st.)
May 1
  Rolling admissions after Regular deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.

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