Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Personalized, Flexible, and Affordable

The Woods College offers undergraduate students the atmosphere of a small college within the environment of a large university. The professional staff at the Woods College has experience helping students arrange a realistic program of study, one that combines work responsibilities with educational goals.

Students receive personal attention while enjoying access to the many resources of Boston College. A flexible admission process coupled with academic advising allows a student to select the most appropriate program based on his or her individual interests and career objectives. Courses are ordinarily scheduled between the hours of 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., although Saturday courses are also available.

The Woods College offers an affordable B.A. option. Tuition for the 2019-2020 year is $2,056/course (4 credits) and $2,610/course (3 credits) during the summer session. If the majority of courses are taken during the academic year (for example, 108 credits over fall and spring and 12 credits in the summer), a student could earn a bachelor's degree from the Woods College at Boston College for less than $67,000.


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Cost of a Boston College Degree


Total Cost of B.A.
108 credits over fall and spring and 12 credits in summer


Find Your Major

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<h3>B.A.</h3> <p>Through this major, students hone their spoken and written communication skills and examine theories of interpersonal, relationship, group, organizational, and mass communication. Students will apply social scientific research methods to case studies and consider the ethical implications of mass communication in society.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/communication.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></p> <h3><br> Undergraduate Certificate</h3> <p>Emphasizing advanced written and oral communication skills and practical applications of theory, this hybrid program prepares students to communicate clearly, concisely, and convincingly in a wide range of contexts. Coursework covers interpersonal communication, mass media theory, digital communication, and organizational communication.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/communication.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>Acquire an in-depth understanding of the many ways communication affects—and is affected by—modern societies. Ranging in focus from interpersonal communication to how advertisers, political campaigns, and the media employ mass communication, this major or certificate equips you to analyze information across several facets of life.</p>
Communication professional Public Relations Specialist Advertising Editor Underwriter Technical Writer
Corporate Systems
<p>Students graduate from the program ready to step forward as socially responsible, ethically-oriented business leaders. Students graduate having learned the foundations of data collection and analysis, industry standard business software, how to communicate effectively in presentations, meetings, and more, and the principles of ethical decision-making in a business context.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Research: Techniques and Processes</li> <li>Elementary Economic Statistics</li> <li>Collaborative Computing</li> <li>Introduction to Organizational Behavior</li> <li>Corporate Communication</li> <li>Principles of Economics: Micro</li> <li>Principles of Economics: Macro</li> <li>Business Ethics</li> <li>Accounting and Financial Analysis I</li> <li>Leadership and Innovation</li> </ul>
<p>Obtain both practical and theoretical tools to excel in the ever-evolving world of business. With an emphasis on financial analysis, computing, and other skills, this major equips you to understand how corporations work and economic forces shape the global marketplace.</p>
Financial Manager Purchasing Manager Human Resource Manager
Criminal & Social Justice
<h3>B.A.</h3> <p>Students graduate understanding the processes through which criminal laws are made and enforced, the major theories of criminality, and the economic and psychological factors that underpin criminal behavior. They will apply social scientific research methods to particular case studies while honing their written and spoken communication skills.</p> <p>Sample courses:</p> <ul> <li>Introduction to Criminology</li> <li>Criminal Law</li> <li>Criminal Justice</li> <li>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</li> <li>Two upper-level sociology and/or psychology courses</li> </ul> <div><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/criminal-and-social-justice.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></div> <h3><br> Undergraduate Certificate</h3> <p>Five Courses</p> <ul> <li>Introduction to Criminology</li> <li>Law and Society&nbsp;</li> <li>Criminal Justice</li> </ul> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/criminal-and-social-justice.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>Explore the social, economic, and psychological factors of criminal behavior and understand how criminal justice operates in modern society. You’ll also assess political, legal, and judicial institutions and the ethical issues surrounding criminality and punishment.</p>
Police Officer Probation or Parole Officer Special Agent Paralegal Criminal Defense Lawyer District Attorney Law Student Social Work Student
<p>Students aiming to become bankers, business managers, market researchers, budget analysts, or others working in careers where they need to know the intricacies of economies will be well suited for success with this degree. Students learn to differentiate between market structures and analyze case studies using theories of economic growth, unemployment, and inflation.</p> <p>Required courses:</p> <ul> <li>Principles of Economics: Micro</li> <li>Principles of Economics: Macro</li> <li>Macroeconomic Theory</li> <li>Microeconomic Theory</li> <li>Elementary Economic Statistics</li> <li>Your choice of three upper-level Economics electives</li> </ul> <div><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/economics.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <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. Program Details</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Want to understand how consumers and businesses behave? For students aspiring to master the theory and practical skills central to our market-driven world, our program provides a 360-degree understanding of economic dynamics in modern societies.</p>
Banker Business Manager Market Researcher Budget Analyst
<p>Learn the narrative and stylistic techniques employed by classic writers of fiction and nonfiction in order to:</p> <ul> <li><p>Write at an advanced level</p> </li> <li><p>Distinguish between different periods in American and British literature</p> </li> <li><p>Interpret literature through the lenses of class, race, gender, and historical context</p> </li> <li><p>Thoughtfully criticize works of literature</p> </li> <li><p>Imaginatively inhabit the perspectives of others</p> </li> </ul> <p>In addition to courses in British, American, and World literature, the curriculum requires four additional English electives, as well as two writing courses.</p>
<p>Develop your critical thinking as well as your ability to craft clear, compelling, original pieces of writing while immersing yourself in American, British, and&nbsp;world<b> </b>literature spanning several centuries.</p>
Journalist Speech Writer Grant Writer Development Officer Research Analyst Copy Editor Copywriter Public Relations Officer
<p>Our curriculum encompasses European, American, pre-modern, and non-Western history. As critical thinkers, students apply tools and concepts of historical inquiry and communicate research results clearly and effectively.</p> <p>Major requirements:</p> <ul> <li><p>Modern History I</p> </li> <li><p>Modern History II</p> </li> <li><p>Two American History courses</p> </li> <li><p>One Pre-Modern History course</p> </li> <li><p>One Asian, African, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History course</p> </li> <li><p>Four History electives</p> </li> </ul>
<p>Deepen your understanding of the present through an immersion in the events and cultures of the past. From Latin American history to sociology, classes introduce you to vital areas of historical research and schools of thought.</p>
Educator in Elementary and Secondary Schools Researcher in Historical Organizations Archivist Records Manager Law student
Information Systems and Technology
<h3>B.A.</h3> <p>This major emphasizes technical and theoretical issues in information technology. From project management to collaborative computing, the curriculum prepares you to program computer applications and employ software and technology related to security.</p> <p>You'll begin with an immersion in the basic tools and concepts of computing, then move on to examine programming, modern computer and web-based applications, and advanced software and hardware development.</p> <div><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/information-systems-and-technology.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Undergraduate Certificate</h3> <p>Six course program</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/information-technology.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>Organizations today need information technology expertise. Students pursuing this degree or certificate prepare to fill that role by working their way from simple computer applications toward advanced software and hardware development.</p>
Database Administrator Information Systems Manager IT consultant Systems Developer Network Engineer
Natural Sciences
<p>You’ll begin by taking introductory courses in all three areas and then pursue more advanced courses within the area that most interests you.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li><p>Ecology and Evolution</p> </li> <li><p>Molecules and Cells with lab</p> </li> <li><p>General Chem I with lab</p> </li> <li><p>General Chem II with lab</p> </li> <li><p>Intro Physics I with lab</p> </li> <li><p>Intro Physics II with lab</p> </li> <li><p>Three elective courses within one field of study&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p>Due to the nature of this major, you’ll need to take most of the required major courses in the summer session.</p>
<p>Do you want to understand how the world around you works? Start by acquiring a comprehensive foundation in the three main branches of natural scientific inquiry: biology, chemistry, and physics. This program provides both breadth and depth.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Biological Technician Meteorologist Agricultural and Food Scientist Environmental Scientist Technician Microbiologist Zoologist Wildlife Biologist High School Teacher
<p>This major is ideal for students who seek to understand the world around them at its deepest level. They’ll learn to address fundamental questions about knowledge, goodness, and the nature of human experience in a clear, systematic fashion. With a curriculum anchored in the great works of antiquity and the Enlightenment, this program introduces students to the major fields of philosophical inquiry, including political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Who are we, and why are we here? What is the nature of knowledge, truth, and justice? Explore these and other enduring questions that form the basis of our shared humanity while sharpening your critical thinking and analytical skills in the process.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Paralegal Nonprofit Administrator Journalist Writer Educator Law Student
Political Science
<p>Students graduate from this major with a strong grasp of the intricacies of political life, able to analyze political processes and institutions from a variety of theoretical perspectives.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Fundamental Concepts of Politics</li> <li>Social and Political Philosophy</li> <li>Comparative Politics</li> <li>International Relations</li> <li>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</li> <li>Gender Politics</li> <li>Law and Morality</li> <li>Two courses in American Politics</li> <li>Two upper-level Political Science and/or Law electives</li> </ul>
<p>Learn how to interpret major events in American political life, compare the American political system to other countries’ political systems, understand the relations between states, and analyze the role of gender in politics while honing your analytical and communications skills.</p>
Public Policy Campaign Worker City Manager Lobbyist Foreign Service Office Paralegal Law Student
<p>This major is ideal for students who want to analyze human behavior through the lenses of personality, developmental history, biology, and social context. You’ll also learn the theory and practice of psychological counseling and apply foundational principles of development and biological psychology to case studies while considering the field’s ethical dimensions.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li><p>Introduction to Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</p> </li> <li><p>Social Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>Personality Theories</p> </li> <li><p>Developmental Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>Counseling Theories and Interventions</p> </li> <li><p>Abnormal Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>One Biological Psychology course</p> </li> <li><p>Four Psychology electives</p> </li> </ul>
<p>Do you wonder why we do what we do and what makes us tick? Seek the answers through this program, which imparts a comprehensive understanding of individual and group behavior. Courses are offered weekends, nights, online, and in a hybrid format.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Community Service Manager Health Educator Market Research Analyst Social Services Advocate Case Manager in Human Services
Social Sciences
<p>This flexible program allows you to choose courses in consultation with your advisor. You’ll graduate with a comprehensive, multifaceted understanding of our contemporary times and be prepared to:</p> <ul> <li><p>Address a variety of research problems using an interdisciplinary approach</p> </li> <li><p>Design research projects that respect the ethical boundaries inherent in the study of humans</p> </li> <li><p>Communicate effectively in writing and orally</p> </li> <li><p>Collaborate meaningfully with your peers and faculty</p> </li> </ul>
<p>Explore the rich intellectual variety of the social sciences through this dynamic program. Economics, history, political sciences, psychology, and sociology will all contribute to your studies as you critically examine our rapidly changing society.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Teacher Marketing Manager Education Administrator Human Resource Associate Development Officer Residential Counselor Social Work Student
<p>This program will introduce you to classical and contemporary sociological theories and challenge you to apply these theories in evaluating social phenomena. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a firm grasp on the complexities of behavior and interaction in modern societies.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Introductory Sociology</li> <li>Sociological Theories</li> <li>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</li> <li>Qualitative Methods</li> <li>Class, Power, and Social Change</li> <li>Three upper-level Sociology courses</li> <li>Two upper-level Political Science and/or Psychology electives</li> </ul>
<p>Immerse yourself in the science of society through this program, which blends quantitative and qualitative methods of analyzing human social relationships and institutions. You’ll conduct original research and examine social phenomena with an eye toward class, race, gender, education, and age.</p>
Social Worker Student Criminologist High School Teacher Policy Analyst Demographer Survey Researcher Statistician
<p>This major encourages and guides inquiries from diverse perspectives, including ethics, Biblical studies, history, psychology, social studies, philosophy, and comparative religion. By the time you graduate you’ll be able to characterize various periods in the history of the Catholic Church and apply foundational concepts of Christian theology in analyzing ethical problems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Catholic Crisis Points I</li> <li>Catholic Crisis Points II</li> <li>Foundations of Theology</li> <li>Moral Theology</li> <li>Systematic Theology</li> <li>Biblical Heritage I</li> <li>Biblical Heritage II</li> <li>Liturgy and the Sacraments</li> <li>History of Theology</li> </ul>
<p>Acquire the skills and knowledge to reflect on faith’s role in your life, the religious forces that shape society, and the world’s most meaningful issues. Our program includes a broad liberal arts education and a strong, although not exclusive, emphasis on Christianity.</p>
Youth Worker Church Leader Church Administrator Nonprofit or Charity Administrator Missionary Educator



Application Information


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


Fall Enrollment
August 1
Spring Enrollment
December 1
Summer Enrollment
April 15
Rolling Admission
After deadlines, as space permits.

Online Application

Academic transcripts

Submit one of the following:

  • Official high school degree
  • Official GED
  • Official college/university transcript


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

Please submit two essays by responding to two of the topics listed below.  The essays should be typewritten, double-spaced, and each essay should be limited to 500 – 750 words in length.  The essays are important to the Admissions Committee as they allow the committee to assess your personal goals, your reasons for choosing the program to which you are applying, your commitment to your educational goals, and your writing ability.  The essays must be uploaded as part of your on-line application.

  1. Discuss your reason(s) for applying to the BA program at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at this time. Support your reasons with specific examples.
  2. Discuss your academic goals and how they apply to your planned career and/or life goals.
  3. Describe a life changing experience that had a significant personal impact on you. Please include details about the situation (which could be positive or negative), and what were the lessons learned.

Application Fee

Application fee: $45

  • Check or money order payable to Boston College.
  • Please do not send cash.


Two Letters of Recommendation

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.

International Students

1. Demonstrated English Language Proficiency required (minimum TOEFL score of 90-100)

2. 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 assess a student’s specific information and to address the unique needs one may have in transitioning to Boston College.  The interview will last no more than 15 minutes.  Interviews will only be scheduled once an application has been submitted.

3. Transcript Evaluation

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 following:

For BA applicants: conferral of a secondary school degree that is equivalent to a U.S. high school’s degree from an accredited institution.

For MS applicants: 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

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

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



Program or Application Questions?

Last Name A-L: Contact Mary Risgio

Last Name M-Z: Contact Claudia Pouravelis

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Undergraduate Merit-based scholarship funding

Merit-based scholarships are awarded by the Woods College. Scholarship funding is awarded on an as-available basis and is limited.  Consideration for scholarships for all undergraduates begins with the submission of the Boston College Application for Financial Aid and the Woods College Scholarship Application as well as a one-page essay. Click here for more information. 

Osher Scholarship Program for Returning Adult Students

This is a tuition-only scholarship available to Woods College students enrolled in the undergraduate degree program.  In order to apply, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in education of five or more years
  • Are pursuing thei first bachelor's degree
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time after receiving a degree
  • Demonstrate financial need

Click here for more information.