Graduate Admission FAQ

You’re sure to have questions as you go through the process of applying for admission to the Carroll School. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often. For more information, please email the Office of Graduate Admissions or call us at 617-552-3920.

For more information about Carroll School of Management graduate admission policies and procedures around COVID-19, please refer to the section further below.

Admission FAQ

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Applying

Do I need to submit my official transcript(s) with my application?
At the time you submit your application, only a self-reported transcript is required. You may upload an image of your unofficial transcript to your application. Once you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please note that Boston College reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

Can I receive credit for previous course work?
While course waiver policies vary according to program, there are generally two options for students to receive course credit for courses taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students can receive equivalency credit for up to two courses and thus be allowed to waive core courses, but the credits must be fulfilled with electives. Advanced standing allows you to waive up to 15 credits (five courses), which will reduce the overall credit requirement for your degree. You must have received a grade of B or better in the course from which you chose to transfer credits. Students can only receive advanced standing credit for core courses. All students interested in receiving equivalency credit or advanced standing credit must complete a course waiver form to be evaluated by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs.

Do I need to submit an official copy of my GMAT or GRE scores with my application?
Only self-reported test scores are required when submitting the application. Upon admission, you must submit official test scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please note that Boston College reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the self-reported and official score report.

What are the minimum GMAT/GRE scores and minimum GPA required for acceptance into the program?
There are no minimum requirements. However, we recommend that you review our class profiles to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students:

Do I need to take an English proficiency test?
If you are an international applicant and English is not your first language, you must take one of the following English proficiency tests:

The minimum required score on the TOEFL is 100 on the Internet-based test. The minimum required score on the IELTS is a 7.5 band score. The minimum required score on the PTE is a 68. The minimum required score on the Duolingo English Test is 125.

This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or a two-year master’s degree at an English-medium university. Applicants must have completed their entire degree at the English-medium university in order to be eligible for the waiver. The medium language of instruction must be indicated on your transcript or verified in a letter on official letterhead from the institution. Applicants who have two or more years of full-time work experience in the United States and are currently employed in the country are also waived.

Can I waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE if I transferred from an international university to a university in the U.S.?
In order to be eligible for the waiver, the entirety of your degree must be conducted with English as the medium language of instruction. If the international university from which you transferred was a university where the medium language of instruction was English, then you are able to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam. If admitted to the program, the medium language of instruction must be indicated on your official transcript or verified in a letter on official letterhead from the institution. If the international university from which you transferred was not an English medium institution, then you cannot waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam.

Do you accept the MyBest score from TOEFL?
At this time, we do not accept the MyBest score.  

Can I take classes before applying?
Students are not able to take courses at the Carroll School of Management without gaining admission to one of our degree-granting programs. However, the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College opens a few courses each semester to non-degree seeking students.

What is the procedure to reapply to a graduate program?
Candidates who wish to reapply for admission in a subsequent year must submit a new application via the online system. We will waive the application fee, so please contact the Admissions Office before submitting your application. Learn more about the re-application process.

International Students

Are international students able to apply to part-time graduate programs?
Boston College does not sponsor the F-1 student visa for our part-time students. International students who wish to pursue their graduate degree on a part-time basis must be sponsored otherwise. If you require a student visa, then you are only eligible to apply to full-time programs.  

Do I have to apply for a visa before I apply for admission to the Carroll School?
No, you don’t need to submit visa-related materials at the time of application. Boston College’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will work closely with each incoming student to ensure that materials are prepared in a timely fashion to complete the visa application and I-20 appointment.

Is financial aid available for international students?
International students are not eligible for federal student financial aid. However, you may be able to qualify for an alternative loan. For more information, contact the Office of Student Services.

Do I need to submit financial documents with my application?
No. Financial documents are only required for admitted students. You will need to submit your original financial documents after you’ve received the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) form.

I received a 3 year degree from my international university. Can I apply to your school?
We require that applicants to our graduate programs have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. We recommend that international students confirm their educational equivalency with a credential evaluation organization such as SpanTran (SpanTran Application for Boston College) or World Education Services if they are unsure of their transcript’s equivalency. You may upload the report to your online application to demonstrate your educational equivalency to the Admissions Committee. If admitted, international students are required to submit an official English translation of all academic credentials, along with a third party degree verification.

Do you offer any kind of conditional acceptance?
We do not offer any kind of conditional acceptance to Boston College. All applicants must apply to the appropriate deadline and meet all of our application requirements to be considered for admission. For more information, please visit our Admission page.

Tuition and Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for an assistantship or scholarship, simply indicate your interest on the application for admission. If you’re applying for a loan, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please contact the Boston College Office of Student Services at 617-552-3300 for additional information about federal financial aid, as well as alternative loan sources. Please note that federal student aid is available for United States citizens only. International students may contact the Office of Student Services for information regarding alternative loan sources.

How do I apply for scholarships?
All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships; you do not need to separately apply for scholarships. Irish citizens looking to apply for the O’Brien Fellowship, can learn more by visiting the O’Brien Fellowship page.

When will I find out if I have received an assistantship or a scholarship?
Scholarship and assistantship offers are made at the time of admission. If you are admitted, you will receive a letter regarding the Admission Committee’s scholarship decision with your admission materials. 

Are part-time MBA students eligible for tuition assistance from Boston College?
Our practice is to evaluate every admitted MBA candidate for advanced standing credit—a potential savings of time and tuition expense. Eligible candidates may qualify for a waiver of up to five MBA courses (for a maximum of 15 credits), based upon prior coursework and/or professional certification (eg. CPA, CFA). This translates to potential tuition savings of up to $28,290 (based on 2020-2021 tuition rates). Please review our Course Waiver Policy for detailed information on Advanced Standing credit.

Part-time MBA students may also apply for federally-funded financial aid. Admitted students should download the FAFSA form from the Graduate Student Financial Services website. Admitted students are encouraged to contact their designated Boston College Graduate Student Financial Aid Associate via email. For general questions, please call or email the Office of Student Services.

What are the estimated tuition and expenses for the graduate programs?
For full-time MBA Students the tuition rate for the Academic Year 2020-2021 is $27,690 per semester. Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $1,886 per credit hour for part-time MBA, MSF, and MSA students. Books, supplies, and fees are estimated at $1,500. Full-time students may be eligible for a scholarship, a graduate assistantship, or a federal loan. See Tuition and Fees for additional information about tuition and financial aid.

Admitted Students

I’ve been admitted to a graduate program. How do I accept my offer of admission?
In your acceptance letter, you should have received a link to an enrollment form with a reply deadline date. Please submit the form to confirm your decision to enroll in the Boston College Carroll School of Management. You will also need to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit once you receive your BC login credentials. The tuition deposit amount will be noted in your acceptance letter.

When and how do I register for classes?  
Once you have been admitted, we will send you access to a website for admitted students that explains the registration process and everything else you need to know about enrolling at Boston College.

When does the fall semester begin?
Orientation for the full-time MBA program is typically held in mid to late August with classes beginning the following week. Part-time MBA, MSF, and MSA orientations are held in late August. Classes typically begin in late August.

When does the spring semester begin?
Classes typically begin in mid-January.

MBA FAQ

Do I need work experience to qualify for the full-time MBA program?
Applicants are evaluated on a number of criteria, including transcripts, test scores, essays, recommendations, and employment history. While work experience is not required, we recommend that you have at least two years of professional work experience before entering the Full-Time MBA program; the average work experience in recent classes has been four and a half years. Only a small number of applicants are accepted directly out of college. Check our class profile to learn more about our current students’ qualifications.

Does the full-time MBA program have a diverse student body?
Yes, our full-time MBA students bring a wealth of diverse experiences from a variety of ethnic, international, personal, and professional backgrounds. This diversity contributes to a rich cultural and global perspective that influences teamwork and classroom discussions. Please review our class profile to review the statistics of current students.

In what industries are full-time MBA graduates employed?
The Boston College full-time MBA program is a cross-functional degree with a strong emphasis on teamwork and a global perspective. Because our MBA students enter the program with an average of four years of work experience in a range of career fields, they are able to make immediate contributions to the organizations where they are employed in a wide range of industries. For more information about where our graduates work, please see our placement data.

Does Boston College have information about the MBA program for military students?
For information about the MBA program for military students, please view the Information for U.S. Military Veterans page. You can also contact Linda Malenfant in the Office of Student Services for additional information on benefits and resources for veterans and military personnel.

How long does it take to complete the part-time MBA Program?
Typically, part-time students complete the program in three to four years. Most students take two courses each semester, and summer coursework is at your discretion. Classes meet once a week from 7 to 9:30 p.m. during the academic year, with a limited number meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or on Saturday. Summer courses meet twice a week from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

MSF FAQ

Is work experience required for admission to the MSF program?
The MSF program is open to both those with work experience and those without. For international students, however, we highly recommend that students have some work experience, particularly if they are seeking post-MSF employment in the United States due to the increasingly competitive US employment market. The MSF Program is designed to meet the diverse needs of finance professionals, career changers, and recent undergraduates. Check our class profile to learn more about our current students’ academic backgrounds and work experience.

Does the MSF program prepare students for the CFA exam?
The primary purpose of the MSF program is to prepare students for careers in finance, not to pass the CFA exam. However, our students have achieved a high success rate on the exam in the past several years.

How do I apply for the quantitative finance (STEM-designated) track?
While filling out your application, you should just apply to the MSF program as a whole. Upon admission, we will ask you in the enrollment form to indicate if you are interested in pursuing the STEM-designated track.

MSA FAQ

Is work experience required for admission to the MSA program?
Work experience is not required for the MSA program. Students can gain admission directly from their undergraduate studies.

In order to complete my 150 hours for my CPA exam, can I take graduate level courses in the MSA program without applying formally to the program?
Unfortunately, in order to take classes in any graduate management program, you must formally apply and be accepted into the program.

Ph.D. FAQ

GENERAL

May I visit a Ph.D. class?
Unfortunately, we do not offer class visits through the admissions team for Ph.D. candidates. If you would like to gain a better understanding of our Ph.D. program and meet with a current student or faculty member, please contact the Accounting, Finance, or Organization Studies Ph.D. director.  

Do I need to have an interview to be admitted into the Ph.D. program?
Interviews for the Ph.D. program are available by invitation of the Admissions Committee only.

 

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

What is the estimated tuition cost for the Ph.D. program?
The current level of financial support for doctoral students is $35,875 per year in addition to full tuition remission. A student in good standing may receive this support for a maximum of four years. In return for this support, the student acts as a research assistant for 10 to 15 hours per week for the first two years of the program, then teaches one course per semester or acts as a research assistant in the third and fourth years of the program. This generous level of support is based on the fact that students are expected to devote their full energies to the Ph.D. program during the entire calendar year, not just the academic year.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

How selective is the Ph.D. in Finance program?
We aim to enroll four doctoral candidates each year. We have consistently received over 150 applications to the Ph.D. in Finance program each year for the past three years. Please review our class profile to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students.

How selective is the Ph.D. in Organization Studies program?
We aim to enroll four doctoral candidates each year. We have received between 60-65 applications to the Ph.D. in Organization Studies program each year for the past three years. Please review our class profile to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students.

How selective is the Ph.D. in Accounting program?
We aim to enroll two to four doctoral candidates each year. We have received between 70-115 applications to the Ph.D. in Accounting program each year for the past three years. Please review our class profile to see how your scores and grades compare to those of our current students.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

How do I get a visa?
Once you have confirmed your enrollment at Boston College, we will send you an email with instructions on applying for a visa, together with the necessary forms. The Office of International Students and Scholars prepares and processes all necessary visa documentation.

Do I have to apply for a visa before I apply for admission to the Carroll School?
No, you don’t need to submit visa-related materials at the time of application. Boston College’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) works closely with each incoming student to ensure that materials are prepared in a timely fashion to complete the visa application and I-20 appointment.

Do I need to submit financial documents with my application?
No. Financial documents are only required for admitted students. You will need to submit your original financial documents after you’ve received the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) form. For more information, see our web pages for international students.

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