Full-Time MBA

Calling All Leaders

Guided by our world-renowned faculty, students in our full-time MBA program master professional skills while gaining deeper insights into the workings of complex organizations—and emerge as leaders prepared to guide society and organizations through the 21st century.

Why get an MBA from Boston College?

Acquire the skills you need for the jobs you want.

The Boston College MBA is a degree you can take anywhere. So as jobs, companies, and even industries change, you're ready.

Learn from leading minds. 

Benefit from the same world-class faculty who teach in BC's #3 ranked undergraduate business program.

Tap into our network.

With over 196,000 alumni—including more than 10,000 BC MBA graduates—BC's career network is a direct connection to opportunities that will empower your professional success.

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At a Glance

How long will it take?


The program requires two years of
full-time study to complete.

How large is the program?


Each entering class consists of anywhere from 70-90 students.

Can I pursue an MBA concentration?


The Carroll School offers a generalist MBA, with the option to select a range of electives that match individual career goals and interests.


Program of Study

The first year of the the traditional full-time MBA program provides students with a broad foundation of business knowledge while fostering connections with classmates. Once students complete the core curriculum in Year 1, they concentrate their studies through electives.

Additionally, all Carroll School MBA students must complete 20 hours of community service in order to graduate from the program.  

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Community Service Guidelines

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Applied Learning Opportunities

The Full-Time MBA STEM-Designated Track focuses on the application of statistical modeling, data warehousing, data mining, programming, forecasting, and operations research techniques in the context of the business world. Reflecting the quantitative focus of the BC MBA curriculum, the STEM-Designated Track allows students to delve into technology and analytics across a range of industry functions. In addition to core program courses, students that enroll in the STEM-Designated Track will be required to take electives marked as “STEM-designated.” View Sample List of STEM-Designated Electives.

Additionally, all Carroll School MBA students must complete 20 hours of community service in order to graduate from the program.

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Community Service Guidelines

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Applied Learning Opportunities

Focus on: Data Analytics

Today's business leaders must understand their organization’s data capabilities and know how to use the latest analytical tools to drive informed decisions. The BC MBA’s data analytics sequence equips all students to confidently approach data across job functions and industries.

The BC MBA Data Analytics Sequence

Full-Time MBA Profile

Class of 2025

Enrollment

86

Class Size

56%

Acceptance Rate

Undergraduate Majors

ItemData
Accounting5%
Business21%
Economics9%
Engineering10%
Finance9%
Humanities/Social Science21%
Math/Physical Science6%
Double Major12%
Other7%

Academic & Professional Profile

ItemData
Average GMAT Score643
GMAT Range (middle 80%)581–680
Average GRE Score311
GRE Range (middle 80%)299–322
Average Undergraduate GPA3.22
Average Full-Time Work Experience
4.8 years
Work Experience Range (middle 80%)
0–7 years
Students Pursuing Dual Degree+
8%

+Dual degree students include those pursuing the JD/MBA, MBA/MSW, or MBA/MA degrees.

Diversity

ItemData
Women29%
AHANA*27%
International27%
Average Age28
Age Range21–50

*African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American

Note: All class profile information is accurate as of September 12, 2023

Your Future Network

Our MBA alumni make their voices heard in a variety of sectors—from financial services to technology and beyond. Find out how these recent graduates leveraged their BC MBA to pursue their professional interests and confront today’s most pressing business challenges.

Career Outcomes

$145,829

Average Total Compensation*

94%

Percentage of Students Accepting Job Offers*

*Includes data reported up to October 31, 2023, for all members of the class of 2022 seeking full-time employment.

Sample List of Hiring Employers

2021-2023


Adidas

Amazon

Analysis Group

Bank of America

Citibank

CVS

Fidelity Investments

Google

Hasbro

 

Investor Group Services (IGS)

Johnson & Johnson

JP Morgan Chase

Liberty Mutual

M&T Bank

NextEra Energy

Philips

Procter & Gamble

PwC

 

Raytheon

RSM

Ryder

ScottMadden

State Street

SVB Securities

Takeda

Tesla

Two Labs Pharma Services

 

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FAQ

How can we help?

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Are part-time MBA students eligible for tuition assistance from Boston College?
<p>Our practice is to evaluate every admitted part-time MBA student for a merit based scholarship. In addition to scholarships, our team evaluates every admitted part-time 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 certifications (e.g. CPA, CFA). This translates to potential tuition savings of up to $31,830 (based on 2023-2024 tuition rates).</p> <p>Part-time MBA students may also apply for federally-funded financial aid. <a href="https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/offices/student-services/financial-aid/graduate/applying-for-aid.html" target="_blank">Learn more by visiting the Office of Student Services website</a>.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/carroll-school/audience-pages/current-graduate-students/course-waiver-policy.html" target="_blank"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Course Waiver Policy</span></a></p>
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Can I opt into the STEM-designated track any time?
<p>Each year there will be a final deadline by which incoming students can declare their intent to enroll in the STEM-designated track. After that deadline, students will not be able to enroll in the STEM-designated track.</p>
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Can I view a list of STEM-designated electives?
<p><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon"><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EVklyJAOKudDIm23xThGTE3AOta2g9fFEGciImZ48Lo">View sample list of STEM-designated electives</a></span></p>
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Can international students apply to part-time graduate programs?
<p>Boston College does not sponsor the F-1 student visa for 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.</p>
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Can part-time students enroll in the MBA STEM-designated track?
<p>No. The STEM-designated track is only available for Full-Time MBA students. </p>
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Do I need work experience to qualify for the full-time MBA program?
<p>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. To learn more about our current students’ qualifications, <a href="/content/bc-web/schools/carroll-school/graduate/mba/fulltime-mba.html">view the class profile</a>.</p>
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Does Boston College have information about the MBA program for military students?
<p>For information about the MBA program for military students, view the&nbsp;<a href="/content/bc-web/schools/carroll-school/graduate/admission/tuition-and-aid.html#tab-u_s_military_veterans" target="_blank">Information for U.S. Military Veterans page</a>.</p>
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Does completing the STEM-designated track require any additional tuition expense?
<p>No. Since total required credit hours remain the same, tuition is not affected.</p>
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Does participating in the STEM-designated track affect the total number of credit hours I need to earn my MBA?
<p>No. The 57-credit hour requirement to graduate remains for all full-time MBA students, including those completing the STEM-designated track.<br /> </p>
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Does the full-time MBA program have a diverse student body?
<p>Yes, our full-time MBA students bring a wealth of diverse experiences from a variety of ethnic, national, personal, and professional backgrounds. This diversity contributes to a rich cultural and global perspective that influences teamwork and classroom discussions. To learn more,&nbsp;<a href="/content/bc-web/schools/carroll-school/graduate/mba/fulltime-mba.html">view the class profile</a>.</p>
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How do I apply for the STEM-designated track?
<p>Full-time MBA applicants go through the regular application process. In the application, applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in the STEM-Designated track within the application. It is non-binding, and will not positively or negatively impact the Committee’s review of the application. Admitted applicants will be able to confirm their intention to pursue the STEM-designated track when they submit their enrollment forms. While not required, applicants may also address their interest in pursuing the STEM-designated track in their application essays.</p>
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How does the STEM-designated MBA affect international students?
<p>Under current federal policy, international students (e.g., those on F-1 student visas) are eligible to work in the US in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) after two full-time semesters in residence. CPT allows international students to have paid internships in the US. After graduation, these students are eligible for Optional Professional Training (OPT).</p> <p>For a non-STEM degree, OPT can last for up to one year, enabling the student to pursue a job in a US-based company. For a STEM degree, OPT is extended an additional 24 months (if properly designed by the employer), so international students who complete the STEM-designated track can work in the US for up to 3 years.</p>
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How long does it take to complete the part-time MBA program?
<p>Typically, part-time students complete the program in three to four years.</p> <p>Most students take two courses each semester. Students can also opt to take courses during two terms over the summer.</p> <p>Classes are held Monday to Thursday, and 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. Summer courses meet twice a week from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.</p>
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If I don’t complete the requirements for the STEM-designated track, can I still graduate with the MBA degree?
<p>Yes, as long as you successfully complete the requirements for the MBA, you will still be able to earn an MBA without the STEM track designation.</p>
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In what industries are full-time MBA graduates employed?
<p>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,&nbsp;<a href="/content/bc-web/schools/carroll-school/graduate/career-development.html">view our placement data</a>.</p>
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Is the STEM designation available to all MBA students?
<p>The STEM designation was approved by Boston College in Fall 2022. At this time, the STEM-designated track is only available to full-time MBA students, beginning with the class that entered in Fall 2022.</p>
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Is the STEM designation listed on my diploma?
<p>No. All MBA diplomas will read “Master of Business Administration.” The STEM designation will be noted on your transcript.</p>
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Is the STEM-designated track a dual degree?
<p>No, the STEM-designated track is one degree. Students pursuing the track are, however, eligible to complete the MBA/MSF dual degree. Students interested in the dual degree should consult with Graduate Admissions for details on the combined program curriculums.</p>
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What if I change my mind and no longer want to pursue the STEM-designated track after opting in?
<p>Students can drop the STEM-designated track at any time; however, once you opt out, you will not be able to opt back in.</p>
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What is an MBA STEM-designated track?
<p>A STEM-designated MBA curriculum reflects the increasing quantitative focus of  skills needed by today’s businesses. Increasingly, companies have come to rely on technology and analytics, across all functional areas. The curriculum of our STEM-designated track has a strong emphasis on Statistics, Data-driven Decision Theory, Information Technology, Data Security, Data Visualization, Artificial Intelligence, Programming, and Optimization, present throughout the core curriculum as well as electives.</p>
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Why might I choose to not pursue the STEM-designated curriculum?
<p>Although this designation is valuable, it may not align with your career goals. The STEM curriculum places a heavy emphasis on the use of math, science, and technology in business. Some career paths require other skill sets which might not qualify you for a STEM-designated degree. If you are unsure we encourage you to consult with your academic and career advisors.</p>
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Will I be able to choose the specific STEM-approved electives I want to take?
<p>As with all of our graduate management programs, the Graduate Student Services Office will ensure a student is registered in courses that meet graduation requirements, but we cannot guarantee a student’s choice of electives.</p>
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Application & Requirements

Application Link & Deadlines

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Application Fee: All applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $100 USD.

Admission Decisions: Applications are generally reviewed on a rolling basis. This means that, provided their applications are complete, applicants may receive admission decisions before the notification deadlines. However, it is important for applicants to understand that decisions are only guaranteed by the official notification date.

Rounds & Final Deadlines: For priority consideration, applicants must submit their applications by the earliest date possible. Applications received after the last deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis.

Fall 2024 Application Deadlines

Program Start DateApply ByReceive Decision By
August 2024October 10, 2023November 30, 2023
 December 5, 2023February 8, 2024
 January 16, 2024*March 28, 2024
 March 5, 2024*May 9, 2024
 May 14, 2024
June 13, 2024

* International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by these deadlines.

Resume or CV

Use this component of the application to outline your educational background and professional experience, including part-time and internship roles with months and years in each position.

✓ Application Tip: We recommend limiting your resume to one to two pages. Please also make sure that your resume corresponds to the information submitted in the “Employment” section of your online application.

Transcripts

All applicants must possess a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. You must submit transcripts from every institution where you were enrolled in a degree-granting program. At the time of application, only a self-reported transcript is required but if you are admitted, we will require an official transcript sent directly from your degree-granting institution. Transcripts should include:

  • Course names

  • All grades received (including transfer credits and study abroad programs)

  • Cumulative GPA

  • Degree conferral information

Graduates of non-U.S. institutions must possess a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. If admitted, international students are required to submit an official English translation of all academic credentials, along with a third-party degree verification from an agency such as SpanTran or World Education Services (WES).

✓ Application Tip: Verify that your degree is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree before starting your application. Agencies such as WES provide a variety of degree equivalency tools and services.

Standardized Tests

Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years. We accept both the GMAT Exam and GMAT Focus Edition. Our test codes are:

  • GMAT school code: 44x-J5-96
  • GRE school code: 3033

Please note that full-time MBA candidates applying for Fall 2024 can request consideration for a GMAT/GRE waiver. Learn more and submit a GMAT/GRE waiver request before completing your application.

✓ Application Tip: While Graduate Admissions does not have a preference between the GMAT or GRE, we encourage you to consult class profile data for average test scores in order to gauge where you stand.

We also recommend that you review our blog post on the advantages of submitting a GMAT or GRE score.

English Proficiency

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are required to submit an English language proficiency exam score with your application. We accept TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. We do not accept the Duolingo English Test.

Scores must be from within the past two years, and applicants must meet the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL, iBT, and TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 100

  • IELTS: 7.5

  • PTE: 68

You are eligible to waive the language test requirement if you meet either of the following criteria:

  • You have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year master’s degree (or higher) at an institution where the medium language of instruction is English. You must have completed your degree in its entirety at the English-medium institution. The medium language of instruction must be indicated on your transcript or verified in an official letter from the institution.

  • You have worked in a full-time, post-degree position for at least two years in the United States or a country where English is an official language. NOTE: Working for a company that conducts its business in English in a country where English is not an official language will not qualify you for a language test waiver.

✓ Application Tip: If you are eligible to waive the language test requirement, you do not need to submit a waiver request beforehand and can simply move forward with your application.

Letter of Recommendation

Only one letter of recommendation is required to complete your application. We are interested in learning about you from an individual who can provide an objective appraisal of your capacity for intensive graduate study and your potential for professional success. Recommenders are required to submit the recommendation forms online and will receive instructions through email once you complete the “Recommendation” section of your application. 

✓ Application Tip: MBA applicants are advised to submit recommendations from professional references, such as supervisors, managers, or colleagues, that are familiar with their day to day work.

Required & Optional Essays

All applicants must submit a required essay of no more than 500 words telling us about your past experiences, short- and long-term goals, and why you want to pursue an MBA at Boston College. You may also submit an optional essay that addresses aspects of your candidacy that have not already been covered in other parts of the application. 

✓ Application Tip: We want to hear about you and appreciate when applicants craft a unique response to the questions.  Learn more about essay questions and tips on how to answer them.

Questions

If you have any further application-related questions, we encourage you to register for an App-y Hour application support session. These small-group sessions are held through Zoom and led by a member of the Graduate Admissions team. 

Thinking about your fit for Carroll School of Management graduate programs? Review some tips and tactics to assess your candidacy.

You can also email us at bcmba@bc.edu, or schedule a phone call or Zoom appointment with a member of the Graduate Admission team.