Woods College of Advancing Studies

As one of the eight schools that make up Boston College, The James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies (Woods College), fosters in its students rigorous intellectual development coupled with religious, ethical, and personal formation in order to prepare them for citizenship, service, and leadership in a global society. Within the context of the Boston College environment, Woods College promotes the care and attention to the human person that is the hallmark of Jesuit Catholic education. In addition, our faculty and students engage in significant applied scholarship that enriches the culture and addresses important societal needs.

Woods College offers the atmosphere of a small college within the environment of a large university. Students receive personal attention while enjoying access to the many resources of Boston College. Courses are ordinarily scheduled after work hours during the week. Online courses are available for specific programs.

Graduate Programs

The James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies offers graduate degree programs that focus on the application of knowledge and skills to professional practice. The graduate programs combine academic and workplace experience to enable students to enhance their professional competencies, thereby facilitating career development. With an applied focus, each program provides learning opportunities to develop the skills needed to develop innovative, practical, and effective solutions that can be applied to relevant professional and societal challenges.

Woods College graduate program directors, faculty, and advisors help direct previous learning and work experience toward degree completion and career advancement through advanced coursework and complex projects.

The graduate programs in Woods College seek to offer degree programs to provide effective and efficient learning opportunities for students to develop complex knowledge and skills with the goal of preparing students to address current and future professional and societal challenges.

The graduate programs offer the following Master-level degree programs.

  • Master of Science in Applied Economics
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance
  • Master in Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Science Leadership and Administration
  • Master of Science Sports Administration

Graduate Certificates

The graduate programs offer the following graduate-level certificates.

Data Analytics Graduate Certificates
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics
Leadership and Administration Graduate Certificates
  • Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications and Marketing
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership/Organizational Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resources
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Cybersecurity Graduate Certificates
  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy
  • Graduate Certificate in Computer Security
  • Graduate Certificate in National Security and Global Affairs