Professional Studies Certificates

Professional Studies Certificates

The Professional Studies Certificate is an end in itself for some students. For others, it may be applied toward completion of a bachelor’s degree. Whatever your ultimate goal - whether it's to qualify for a promotion, initiate a career change, or earn an undergraduate degree -  a Professional Studies Certificate can help you reach your potential.

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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
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>By the time you graduate, you’ll have covered economic research, complex formulas, financial statements, and financial instruments—all of which are fundamental to the field. Your credit is fully transferable to degrees in Economics and Corporate Systems.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Financial Accounting</li> <li>Macro Economics</li> <li>Principles of Financial Management</li> <li>Investments: Stocks, Bonds, and Securities</li> <li>Business Ethics</li> <li>Either Micro Economics, Federal Taxation, or Audit</li> </ul>
<p>Gain the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in an expanding and promising field. Our six-course hybrid program focuses on the fundamentals of finance: financial accounting, macroeconomics, management principles, investments, and business ethics.</p>
Budget Analyst Credit Analyst Financial Analyst Personal Financial Advisor Loan Officer Investment Underwriter
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 that everyone is treated fairly and equitably.</p>
Human Resources Associate Recruiting Specialist Benefits Specialist Talent Manager Program Administrator
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
<p>Your credit is fully transferable to degrees in Corporate Systems and Information Systems and Technology.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Accounting and Financial Analysis I</li> <li>Financial Accounting</li> <li>Marketing: An Overview of Principles and Practices</li> <li>Leadership: Theory and Practice in Organizations</li> <li>Introduction to Organizational Behavior</li> <li>One elective, chosen from:<ul> <li>Principles of Microeconomics</li> <li>Principles of Macroeconomics</li> <li>Statistics</li> <li>Accounting and Financial Analysis II</li> <li>Investments: Stocks, Bonds, and Securities</li> <li>Advanced Advertising</li> <li>International Marketing</li> </ul> </li> </ul>
<p>Do you want to understand the practices and principles of modern management, including accounting, finance, marketing, leadership, and organizational behavior? Our six-course hybrid program primes you to thrive in today’s ever-evolving business world and is particularly well-suited for the needs of aspiring managers.</p>
Entry-level business professional Program coordinator Program manager Assistant manager
<p>In this flexible hybrid program, you’ll complete three core courses, one business elective, and two marketing electives. Your credit is fully transferable to degrees in Communication and English.</p> <h3>Core courses:</h3> <p>Marketing: An Overview of Principles and Practices<br> Principles of Advertising<br> Pricing and Distribution<br> &nbsp;</p> <h3>Business electives (choose one):</h3> <ul> <li>Financial Accounting</li> <li>Managerial Accounting</li> <li>Basic Finance</li> <li>Introduction to Organizational Behavior</li> <li>Principles of Microeconomics</li> </ul> <h3>Marketing electives (choose two):</h3> <ul> <li>Entertainment Media</li> <li>Advanced Advertising</li> <li>Social Media</li> <li>International Marketing</li> </ul>
<p>The best marketers are more than creative thinkers—they’re also expert researchers and precise communicators who leverage research and data to make strategic decisions. Our program provides a broadly applicable foundation in the various skills today’s marketing professionals need to succeed.</p>
Advertising and Promotion Associates Marketing Associates Sales Associates
<p>Our flexible curriculum is offered entirely online and features one core course—Sustainability Science—and your choice of five electives. Select from:</p> <ul> <li>Corporate Sustainability</li> <li>Eating and the Environment</li> <li>Building Green Buildings</li> <li>Energy in the 21st Century</li> <li>Water Resources</li> <li>Wetlands Science and Policy</li> <li>Environmental Economics</li> <li>Natural Disasters</li> <li>Marine Resources</li> <li>Evolution of Life and Historical Geology</li> <li>Applied Hydrogeology</li> <li>Urban Ecology: Environmental History of Boston</li> </ul>
<p>The increasingly present effects of climate change, exploding population growth around the globe, the pressing limits of natural resources—examine the science and policy of these urgent issues and more through this online program covering an in-demand field.</p>
Emergency Manager Environmental Consultant Parks and Recreation Specialist Technical Environmental Writer Communications Director


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


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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*Current Woods College degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. Declare your certificate here.

Academic transcripts

Submit one of the following:

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

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: $45

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




Contact Claudia Pouravelis at with questions.