Catalyst

Catalyst

Designed specifically for non-management students, the Catalyst Program provides a solid and broad foundation in the functional areas of management.

Application will reopen in Jan. 2023

Eight weeks that will change what's possible.

Management Skills 

Learn how organizations operate and develop management skills to contribute to complex, not-for-profit, business, and government entities. 

Real Courses, Real Credit

Complete the core management courses in one summer and receive 11 credits through the completion of three full courses and one Excel moduleideal for students who find it difficult to fit management courses into their schedules and those interested in completing a Carroll School minor.

Career Support

Develop career strategies for building your personal brand through employer panels and sessions on skills assessment, writing résumés and business letters, interviewing, and effective networking.

Résumé Booster

Stand out in the competitive job market for internships and full-time positions with enhanced credentials from the summer program, including Excel, and exposure to programming languages.

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At a Glance

How long is the program?


The Catalyst Program is an intensive, full-time summer program that runs for eight weeks beginning in May and ending in July. 

How many courses & credits?


Students take three full, graded courses that include Financial Accounting, Marketing Principles, and their choice of Fundamentals of Finance or Business Law. Students receive 11 credits upon completion of the program. 

Is there a career element?


As part of the program, all students take a career practicum covering a wide range of business management topics including Excel, Big Data, and Career Preparation. 

Faculty & Staff

Thomas Wesner

Thomas Wesner


Business Law & Society

Thomas Wesner


Business Law & Society

Director of Carroll School’s Summer Management Catalyst Program, an intensive, full-time, 8-week program designed for non-business students to develop a solid and broad foundation in the functional and critical areas of management, September 2016-present.

Initiated and helped manage highly complex litigation involving a successful lawsuit for the recovery of trust assets belonging to the estate of President John Adams. The case resulted in a multi million-dollar judgment, upheld by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in 2014. The case, Woodward v. City of Quincy, SJC-11390, addressed legal issues involving trusts, charitable trusts, investments, trustee's accounts, forensic accounting, damages, breach of fiduciary duty, interest awards, the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, governmental immunity, municipal corporations, and waiver.

 

Jon Kerbs

Jon Kerbs


Marketing

Jon Kerbs


Marketing

Jon Kerbs's areas of expertise include branding, product management, sales promotion, advertising, marketing strategy, business development, digital marketing, public relations, retail marketing, and product development. In addition to teaching, he consults with organizations seeking to solve go-to-market problems as well as facilitating leadership training for Fortune 500 companies.

Rob James

Rob James


Finance

Rob James


Finance

Professor Robert F. James teaches Fundamentals of Finance, Corporate Finance, and Investments at the undergraduate level, and Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Financial Markets & Instruments, and  Investments at the graduate level.

John Neale

John Neale


Excel Module

John Neale


Excel Module

Professor John J. Neale has been a member of the Carroll School faculty since 2013. He teaches courses on operations and supply chain management, management science, and sports analytics. In 2016 John received Carroll School’s Coughlin Faculty Excellence Award in undergraduate teaching. 

Tom Whalen

Tom Whalen


Financial Accounting

Tom Whalen


Financial Accounting

Jessica Hartley

Jessica Hartley


Career Advisor

Jessica Hartley


Career Advisor

Jessica Hartley worked in the Boston College Career Center for 14 years advising students before transitioning to CSOM. Prior to that she worked in the School of Management at Boston University and has also recently worked with students at Emerson College coordinating credit internships and teaching a first year career development course at Bentley University. She holds an undergrad degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master's degree from Boston College Lynch Graduate School of Education. 

Amy Donegan

Amy Donegan


Career Advisor

Amy Donegan


Career Advisor

Amy Donegan is a career services professional who has worked at the Boston College Career Center for over 15 years. In January 2011, Amy joined the undergraduate advising staff in the Carroll School and is now the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Career Advising.

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