B.A., Criminal and Social Justice

Bachelor's of Arts

This flexible B.A. program explores the intersection of criminal and social justice through the lenses of psychology, sociology, and data analysis. In addition to studying the foundations of the criminal justice system, students analyze systemic issues such as addiction, race, gender, and violence to understand the social and economic roots of crime and identify ethical approaches to addressing them.

Taught by experts in the field of criminal justice—including attorneys, police chiefs, academics, and practitioners—the program combines in-depth study of criminal law and criminology with electives on social change, psychology, and sociology. Boston College’s Jesuit tradition of inquiry and service prepares graduates to help build an ethical, rehabilitative criminal justice system.


The B.A. in Criminal and Social Justice prepares students to work in fields and roles such as:


Social Work


Community and Victim Advocacy


Law Enforcement

Nonprofit Sector




Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


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


Start Your Application

If you are mailing a hard copy of any application materials, please send them to:

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

Academic Transcripts

Submit the following:

  • Official high school degree or official GED transcript
  • Official college/university transcripts of previously attended schools

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.

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


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

  • Paid through online application.


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.

Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.

International Students

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

For additional information about scores, visit our International Student page.

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



Financial Aid & Scholarships

For Financial Aid Information please click the link below

Financial Aid Process Page

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 their first bachelor's degree
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time after receiving a degree
  • Demonstrate financial need

Osher Scholarship Info


Program or Application Questions?

Last Name A-L: Contact Erica Meyer

Last Name M-Z: Contact Claudia Pouravelis

Schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor through our online calendar