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Graduate Studies


Irish Studies offers a wide range of successful graduate programs with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students may obtain an MA with a concentration in Irish History, an English department MA in Irish Literature and Culture; a PhD with a major field in Irish History; and a PhD in English with a concentration in Irish Literature.

Graduates of our masters and doctoral programs typically pursue careers in public and higher education, teaching Irish Studies, English, history and art. Alumni of the Irish Studies doctoral program hold faculty positions at the National University of Ireland, Dublin, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, the University of South Florida, Le Moyne College, and other four-year institutions. Information about the application process can be found at /schools/gsas/admissions.html

Graduate students are a vital part of Irish Studies at Boston College. Students contribute to the intellectual and social life of the program and add a genuine sense of community to Irish Studies at Boston College. Their contribution to events, lectures, courses and colloquia enhance the experience of all involved in the Irish Studies. Graduate students have made their presence known in the field by publishing articles in major journals in North America, Britain and Ireland. They have presented papers at major conferences in North America, Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia and have sponsored national conferences that have drawn students from all over North American and Ireland to discuss current research in Irish Studies.



The William B. Neenan, S.J. Visiting Fellowship at Boston College-Ireland

Applications are invited for the William B. Neenan, S.J. Visiting Fellowship, to be held at Boston College-Ireland, during 2016. The Fellowship is named to honour the work of Fr. Neenan, who first came to Boston College in 1979 as the first Thomas I. Gasson Professor. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1980 to 1987 before assuming the role of academic vice president and dean of faculties. During his tenure, the University established itself among the nation’s top institutions of higher education. Since 1998, he has been vice president and special assistant to the president.

The Fellowship is open to any scholar working in the field of Irish Studies, and requires a period of time to research in Dublin. The Fellowship can be held at any time during 2016, and must be held for a minimum of two months during the course of the year. The holder of the Fellowship will be awarded a stipend of €5,000, and have an office in the Boston College-Ireland building, and administrative support during their term. They will also work with Boston College-Ireland to stage a one day research symposium based around their research interests.

The closing date for the Fellowship is 4 December 2015. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, plus an explanation of the research you wish to undertake in Ireland and details of proposed outputs to Professor Mike Cronin,


Professor Mike Cronin
Boston College Ireland
43 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2