Students register using the University's information system. Graduate students need the following to access the registration system:
- Username or Eagle Number
Graduate students in degree programs must register each semester until they graduate. If you find that you cannot continue in the spring semester, you should apply for a leave of absence with your dean. You may complete the online Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form found on the Academic Forms web page.
Full-Time Enrollment Status
Graduate full-time enrollment is as follows:
- Carroll School of Management—9 or more credits
- Connell School of Nursing—9 or more credits
- Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences—9 or more credits
- School of Social Work—9 or more credits
- Law School—12 or more credits
- Lynch School of Education and Human Development—9 or more credits
- School of Theology and Ministry—9 or more credits
- Woods College of Advancing Studies—9 or more credits
All students are considered half-time with six credits.
Students completing degree requirements in their final semester may be given exceptions to the school’s minimum credit standard for full-time status by their academic dean.
The credit amount listed above is used to determine a student’s enrollment status for loan deferments, immunizations, medical insurance requirements, and verifications requested by other organizations.
Graduate schools may also define full-time status by a student’s course work or role responsibilities as listed below:
- Students in the Law School may, in extraordinary circumstances and with the permission of the Dean for Academic Affairs, enroll in fewer than 12 credits in a semester and be considered full-time.
- All doctoral students in the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences are full-time. Master's students are full-time if they are Graduate Assistants for academic departments, Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants, or Research Assistants.
- All doctoral candidates in the Carroll School of Management are full-time. Master's candidates may be given exceptions to the school minimum credit standard for full-time status by their academic dean in exceptional situations.
- Graduate students in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development are full-time if they are enrolled in: APSY7660, APSY7661, APSY7940, APSY7941, APSY7950, APSY7951, APSY8100, APSY8101, APSY9846, APSY9849, APSY9901, APSY9911, APSY9941, APSY9988, EDUC7420, EDUC7610, EDUC7901, EDUC8100, EDUC8101, EDUC9951, EDUC9988, ELHE7807, ELHE7900, ELHE7902, ELHE7952, ELHE8100, ELHE8101, ELHE9901, ELHE9911, ELHE9988, MESA8100, MESA8101, MESA9941. Doctoral students are considered full-time if they are Graduate Assistants for academic departments, Teaching Fellows, or Research Assistants.
- Graduate students in the School of Social Work are full-time if enrolled in SCWK9959 Doctoral Publishable Paper Writing Project, SCWK9966 Publishable Paper Continuation, SCWK9994 Integrative Dissertation Seminar, SCWK9995/SCWK9996 Dissertation Direction, SCWK9911 Doctoral Continuation, SCWK9929/SCWK9939/SCWK9949 Field Continuation.
- Graduate students in the Connell School of Nursing are full-time if enrolled in NURS7102, NURS7595, NURS7691, NURS7693, NURS8004, NURS8006, NURS8007, NURS8009, NURS9819, NURS9821, NURS9823, NURS9825, NURS9827, NURS9829, NURS9831, NURS9833, NURS9835, NURS9837, NURS9839, NURS9841, NURS9843, NURS9845, NURS9847, NURS9849, NURS9851, NURS9853, NURS9855, NURS9857, NURS9859, NURS9901, NURS9902, NURS9903, NURS9904, NURS9906, NURS9908, NURS9910, or NURS9911.
- Graduate students in the School of Theology and Ministry are full time if enrolled in TMST8014, TMST8053, TMST8054, TMST8101, TMST8526, TMST8528, TMST8529, TMST8530, TMST8543, TMST8546, TMST9901, or TMST9911. MTS students can enroll in either TMST8053 (MTS Thesis) or TMST8014 (MTS Reflection Paper) in the last semester and should be considered full-time. Doctoral students are considered full-time if they are Graduate Assistants for academic departments, Teaching Fellows, or Research Assistants.
Students whose departments require permission need to obtain an override for Doctoral Continuation and process it in the Office of Student Services.
You may have a hold on your registration for a number of reasons, but the two main causes are having an outstanding balance on your student account or failing to submit proof of immunization to the Health Services Office. If you have a hold on your registration, you must see the appropriate office (Outstanding Balance—Student Services, Immunization—Health Services, etc.) to resolve the situation before you can register.
For information regarding immunization requirements, visit the Policies and Procedures on the University Catalog website.
Eligible students may sign-up to take a course pass/fail through www.bc.edu/myservices at the time they register. To declare a course pass/fail in the School of Social Work, contact Liz Cinquino at 617-552-2610. STM students should contact Donna Derosa at 617-552-8440. Students in CGSOM, CGSON, GSMCAS, Lynch grad, and WGCAS may not take a course counting toward the degree pass/fail.
If you need to change the number of credits for a course, pick up a Graduate Credit Variation form from the Office of Student Services. Have the form approved by the Associate Dean of your school before the graduate drop/add deadline. Deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar.
After the deadline, bring the form to the Office of Student Services and pay for the additional credits.
Auditing a Course
Students in the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Theology and Ministry, and the Connell School of Nursing may register for an audit online. Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Carroll School of Management, Law School, and School of Social Work students must consult the Graduate Associate Dean’s Office before they can audit a course. Woods College of Advancing Studies students may not audit courses.
After the drop/add period (during the first seven class days of the semester), graduate students who wish to change a course from credit to audit or audit to credit must go to their respective Graduate Associate Dean’s Office and complete a Graduate Course Exception form. Students in the Carroll School of Management may change a course from credit to audit, but not audit to credit.
After the drop/add deadline, graduate students who wish to change a course from credit to audit or audit to credit must go to the Associate Dean’s Office and complete a “Graduate Course Exception” form. Students in the Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs may change a course from credit to audit but not audit to credit. You may not drop an audit after the drop/add deadline. There is no cancellation of tuition for a course changed from credit to audit. For information regarding refunds, visit the Tuition and Fees page.
Disability Services Office
Services for undergraduate and graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, psychiatric, and temporary disabilities are coordinated through Rory Stein, the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities. Academic support services provided to students who provide appropriate documentation are individualized and may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, CART services, electronic textbooks, extended time on exams, alternate testing locations, facilitation of program modification, course under-loads, readers, scribes, and note-takers. The Assistant Dean works with each student individually to determine the appropriate accommodations necessary for the student’s full participation in college programs and activities. For more information, contact the Assistant Dean at 617-552-3470 or visit the website at www.bc.edu/disability.
Graduate students including those using teaching vouchers who are not currently in a Boston College degree program and who want to take graduate level courses must apply as special students to the appropriate graduate school. Student teaching vouchers should be sent to the Lynch Graduate Office at the time of registration in Campion 135.