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 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 and advancement. With an applied focus, each graduate program in Woods College offer 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.

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

Woods College offers the following Master-level degree programs:

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

Woods College offers graduate-level certificates in the following areas:

Applied Economics Graduate Certificates

  • Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Leadership and Administration Graduate Certificates

  • Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications and Marketing
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cybersecurity Graduate Certificates

  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management and Strategy
  • Graduate Certificate in Computer Security
  • Graduate Certificate in National Security and Global Affairs
  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Analytics

Sports Management Graduate Certificates

  • Graduate Certificate in Sports Analytics