Woods College of Advancing Studies
The James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies offers both full and part-time study to undergraduate and graduate students from widely differing backgrounds and preparations who wish to maximize their experiences and master the skills necessary to advance their future.
Boston 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, James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies promotes the care and attention to the human person that is the hallmark of Jesuit education while faculty and students engage in scholarship that enriches the culture and addresses important societal needs.
The James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies offers the atmosphere of a small college within the environment of a large university. The professional staff at the James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies has experience helping students arrange a realistic program of study, one that combines work responsibilities with educational goals. Students receive personal attention while enjoying access to the many resources of Boston College. A flexible admission process coupled with academic advising allows a student to select the most appropriate major based on individual needs. Courses are ordinarily scheduled between the hours of 6:15–9:35 p.m. on weekdays, with online and hybrid courses also available.
Bachelor of Arts Program
The Bachelor of Arts program prepares students to address and master the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. A broad-based and robust liberal arts curriculum, which includes core requirements, permits students to choose courses and majors reflecting individual interests and varied career objectives. The curriculum offers intensive work and a degree of disciplined mastery in a major area.
A distinguishing characteristic of liberal arts education is a required core curriculum. The Bachelor of Arts programs require the following core courses:
- The Examined Life
- Woods College Formative Seminar
- 2 English courses:
- College Writing
- Literary Works or other core literature course
- 2 Philosophy courses (one of which must be an Ethics course)
- 2 Theology courses
- 2 Social Science courses
- 2 History courses (1 of which must be a non-Western history course)
- 1 Quantitative Reasoning course
- 1 Natural Science course
- 1 Arts course
- 1 Engaging Diverse Perspectives Course
- The Purposeful Life
- Designing Your Career Seminar
Degree candidates must fulfill all core curriculum and major requirements as part of earning the minimum of 120 credits. Students are required to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.67 to be eligible to graduate.
Admission as a transfer student is also available. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed at Boston College to satisfy residency. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred into a student’s program from regionally accredited institutions. Courses with an earned grade of C or better will be accepted in transfer. A minimum of three semester hours is required for a transferred course to satisfy a program requirement.
Current Boston College students transferring to the Woods College of Advancing Studies must submit a Woods College Bachelor of Arts Degree Application at bc.edu/woodsapply.
The following conditions will apply to all transfers of credit from any other Boston College school into the Woods College of Advancing Studies:
- All courses taken at any other school within Boston College and the GPA earned will transfer to the Woods College of Advancing Studies.
- All incoming credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine applicability within the program of study the student chooses to pursue at Woods College of Advancing Studies.
- A minimum of 12 credits (equivalent to one full-time semester of study) will be required to be taken at Woods College of Advancing Studies.
For students in a degree program at Woods College, the maximum course load is three per semester. Authorization for one additional course will be given only if a student has completed three courses, each with a grade of B or better, in the previous semester.
Applications for admission may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis during the academic year. The following documentation is required:
- Completed online application form;
- Official transcripts from high school and colleges previously attended;
- Two essays (requirements are found on the application);
- Optional SAT, PSAT, or similar standardized test results if the student graduated from high school less than four years previously;
- Two letters of recommendation (if four years or less from high school, request one from a guidance counselor or, for students whose high school graduation is greater than four years, letters may be from professional or academic recommenders); and
- Demonstrated English Language Proficiency with an IELTS score of 6.5–7.5 or TOEFFL score of 90–100.
Fifth Year and Advanced Standing Programs for Boston College Students
Accelerated Program for Boston College Undergraduate Economics Students (Enrolled at the Woods College, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, or Carroll School of Management)
Woods College of Advancing Studies is proud to offer Boston College students an option for accelerated completion of the Master of Science in Applied Economics program. This option is available to students with significant previous economics course work, including Economics majors and minors in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences as well as to students with Economics concentration in the Carroll School of Management. Students enrolled in the accelerated program will have to complete eight courses in WCAS, which is possible to achieve within one calendar year of entry into the program.
- Waiver of application fee
- Waiver of Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Preferred admission without the competition of the rest of the applicant pool
- Credit for Microeconomic Theory (ECON2201 or ECON2203) and Macroeconomic Theory (ECON2202 or ECON2204) courses if the courses are completed with a grade of B or better. These credits will count as fulfilling the requirement of taking Applied Microeconomic Theory (ADEC7201) and Applied Macroeconomic Theory (ADEC7200).
- Option to complete the eight remaining course requirements in one additional calendar year
- Anticipated successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in May of senior year
- Overall GPA of 3.30 or above
- Grade of B or better in prerequisite courses: Principles of Economics, Statistics, Calculus I, and Calculus II*
- Submission of all Applied Economics application materials by the end of the semester in which the student will graduate. In order to receive priority consideration for WCAS financial aid, students should apply in the fall semester of their senior year.
*Calculus II course can be taken after the admission into the program.
Accelerated Program for Boston College Undergraduate Students (enrolled at the Woods College, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, or Carroll School of Management)
Woods College of Advancing Studies is proud to offer Boston College students an option for accelerated completion of the Master of Science in Leadership and Administration program. Students enrolled in the accelerated program will have to complete eight courses in WCAS, which is possible to achieve within one calendar year of entry into the program.
Under the terms of this agreement, qualified students are eligible for:
- Waiver of the application fee;
- Waiver of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
- Preferred admission without the competition of the rest of the applicant pool;
- Advanced standing for up to two upper-level courses that student has completed at BC; Graduate Program Director to approve.
- Option to complete the eight remaining course requirements in one additional calendar year.
- Anticipated successful completion of a bachelor's degree from BC in May of senior year
- Overall GPA of 3.30 or above
- Submission of all the application materials by the published Boston College deadline.
Interested students should contact the Program Director of the Masters in Leadership and Administration at Woods College with any further questions.
Degree with Honors
For information regarding academic honors printed in the Commencement program, visit the Policies and Procedures: Undergraduate Academic Regulations, Degree with Honors section of the catalog.
Undergraduate Graduation Awards
Awards at commencement recognize a distinguished scholastic record, special accomplishments in various academic fields, and qualities of outstanding character, leadership, and demonstrated loyalty to the college.
The Woods College Dean's List recognizes the achievement of undergraduate students semester by semester. Students with a GPA of 3.700 or above in the B.A. programs will be placed on the Dean's List. In order to be eligible for the Dean's List, students must earn at least 8 or more credits in courses evaluated with a letter grade. Students must not have withdrawals, pass/fail grades, or incompletes in the semester in question.
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 one’s ultimate goal, whether to qualify for promotion, initiate a career change, or earn an undergraduate degree, a Professional Studies Certificate can help to achieve that objective. The number of courses required to complete a Professional Studies Certificate varies with the area of study, but in every instance courses must be completed at Boston College.
A Professional Studies Certificate may be obtained in:
- Human Resources
- Information Systems
Certificate requirements include the following:
- Students must receive at least a grade of C for each course credited toward the certificate.
- Certificate requirements should be completed within two years of initial enrollment for non-degree students, and prior to degree completion for students already enrolled in a degree program; courses are permanently retained on the student record.
A request to apply to a certificate program must be made to the James A. Woods, S.J. College of Advancing Studies. A request must also be made to receive a formal certificate upon completion.
Non-degree students are individuals interested in taking undergraduate courses for academic credit but not in applying for a degree. Non-degree students may enroll in fall, spring, or summer semesters. A brief non-degree application form must be completed and submitted online.
Individuals wishing to attend during the day as special undergraduate students are required to apply for non-degree status at the James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies. Qualified applicants are admitted to specific courses on an individual basis.
More specific application instructions for those interested in applying for Visiting Student status can be found at the Visiting Students web page.