Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants must have taken at least one math course at Boston College or received Advanced Placement credit in math. Preference will be given to students who have had a course in statistics and/or microeconomics. Candidates will be evaluated based on academic standing, quality of essay, and extracurricular activities.
The program is ideally suited for rising sophomores and juniors, who will have more time to take additional upper-level business courses and secure an internship in the summer(s) to follow; however, rising seniors and graduating seniors are welcome to apply.
The program will run from May 25 to July 16, 2021.
Students will take three full, graded courses that include Financial Accounting, Marketing Principles and then the choice of Fundamentals of Finance (formerly Basic Finance) or Business Law, and a career practicum covering a wide range of business management topics including Excel, Big Data and Career Preparation. Students will receive ten credits upon completion of the program. Students will also participate in a career practicum that includes Excel, big data, and career development. This is designed to allow students to develop technical skills such as Excel and programming languages, along with research, analysis, collaboration, and presentation skills. Finally, they will master the art of resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking. All courses are taught entirely by Carroll School faculty.
Either on or off campus. Past students report that it is easiest to live either on campus or within walking distance as bus service is limited during the summer months. Program events and classes take place throughout the day as well as during some evenings. Please note: on campus housing is not guaranteed.
We strongly advise that students do not work as the program is full-time; classes and related programs require students to be available most every day. In addition, class assignments and team projects will necessitate frequent out-of-class work.
The cost of the program is $13,150 and includes tuition for three, three-credit courses, the career practicum, all course materials, and social activities. Payment is due in full on May 1, 2021.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To apply for aid, students must apply for the Catalyst Program by February 8 and indicate that they are interested in financial aid on the application. Please note: aid eligibility is determined by Boston College’s Office of Financial Aid.
Yes. Students will receive a total of nine credits for successful completion of the program—these credits will count toward GPA and graduation requirements. *No 3-credit course offered in Catalyst that has already been taken may be taken a second time for credit.