Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Graduate Certificate

 Now more than ever, there is a rapidly increasing demand for diversity officers and professionals with specific experience and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Further, the field of DEI is experiencing significant growth–approximately 113% in the past five years–due to nationwide efforts demanding social justice (LinkedIn, 2020).

The online certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) aims to offer courses that help organizational managers, directors, and leaders prepare themselves and their offices for enduring, long-term solutions that advance equity for all. With the new DEI Specialization/Certificate, students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead inclusive teams that strategically impact organizational culture.

Upon completion of the DEI Specialization/Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the challenges and barriers facing different groups in the workplace
  • Examine bias to rewire behavior and systems
  • Explore strategies to build inclusive cultures
  • Apply effective people practices to lead for equity and inclusion
  • Analyze key performance indicators to measure DEI success

Required courses:

  • Fundamentals/Foundations of DEI
  • Bias in the Workplace
  • Building Inclusive Organizational Cultures
  • Implementing Successful DEI Strategies

Quick Facts




Total Tuition*

* Based on completing all courses during the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year. Tuition costs generally increase each year. Total cost will be higher if courses are taken across years.


Application Information


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please mail application materials to:
Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Academic transcripts

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be considered for admission. Applications will be considered in light of other factors, including letters of reference and personal statement.  

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: There is no application fee.



Letter of Recommendation

Submitted with application.

Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.