Graduate Leadership Program

The Graduate Leadership Program (GLP) at Boston College is an in-depth, four-session professional development workshop series designed to help Graduate students gain deeper self-awareness as leaders. This program serves the purpose of enhancing the Graduate student experience at Boston College through formation, education, leadership, and service.

Graduate Leadership Program


Tangible and transferable leadership experience is a competency employers actively seek in new professionals. The overall goal of the Graduate Leadership Program (GLP) is to support graduate and professional students across all disciplines in their journey to understanding their leadership potential by empowering them to take a proactive approach to leadership development. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty, staff, and administration from all areas of Boston College in order to understand personal leadership style, intercultural competency, strategic communication, interdisciplinary teamwork, mentorship, and overall leadership skills and strengths.


This program is free for all participants. Applicants must be current Graduate School students (Master's, Ph.D., or Law Students) in good academic standing. All graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Time Commitment

The GLP will run from mid-February to early-April. Optional lunch will be provided by the Office of Graduate Student Life from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. prior to the start of each session (Week #1 - Week #4). All participants are required to attend all events listed on the 2020 GLP Timeline:

●       Leadership Retreat: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

●       Week 1: Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

●       Week 2: Friday, February 28, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

●       Week 3: Friday, March 13 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

●       Week 4: Friday, March 20th from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

●       Week 5: Friday, April 3rd from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (End of Program Celebration)

Application Process

The 2020 GLP Application has closed. The 2021 Application is scheduled to open this fall. More information will be posted here and will be shared via the Graduate Student Newsletter. Please check back for more information.

Information Sessions (optional): Two 30-minute information sessions will be held in the fall.


If you have any further questions regarding the application process or the overall program, Please contact the Office of Graduate Student Life at for more information.

2020 GLP Cohort



According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, leadership, the ability to work on a team, written and verbal communication skills, and problem-solving skills were categorized as the top attributes an employer seeks on a candidate's resume (NACE, 2016). The Graduate Leadership Program (GLP) gives students the opportunity to develop their skills in order to prepare them to become effective leaders at Boston College and beyond.