Research Centers

More than 35 research centers and institutes make significant contributions to scientific research, the exploration of the relationship between religion and society, and improved practice in education and corporate conduct. The list below provides an overview of the centers and institutes that incorporate a global dimension in their activities and work. 

Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Center for Human Rights and International Justice (CHRIJ)

CHRIJ addresses the interdisciplinary needs of human rights work. It nurtures a new generation of scholars and practitioners who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training. The Center is built upon BC’s tradition of service to others and its broad scholarly reach in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.



Center for Irish Programs

Center for Irish Programs

The Center encompasses all Irish initiatives at BC including the University's Irish Studies program, the Irish Institute, the Burns Library Irish Collections, Boston College-Ireland in Dublin, and the Gaelic Roots Program. It seeks to support and connect students, alumni, and friends with an interest in Ireland and all things Irish.

Institute for Scientific Research

Institute for Scientific Research (ISR)

ISR has been and continues to be at the forefront of world-class innovative research. Our team of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and research associates uses its expertise for theoretical and experimental studies that include space physics, space chemistry, solar-terrestrial research, space weather, and astrophysical studies.



The Center conducts international comparative assessments of student achievement in mathematics and science and in reading in more than 60 countries. TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) together comprise the core cycle of studies for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. 

Jesuit studies

Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies seeks to deepen understanding and appreciation of the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus through courses, workshops, publications, and scholarly symposia.

The Jesuit Institute

The Jesuit Institute

Within the atmosphere of academic freedom and colleagueship, the Institute promotes research and collaboration on issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. The Institute supports programs that explore such religious and ethical questions and sponsors the presence on campus of scholars committed to these questions.