Experience the best of Boston College’s esteemed liberal arts tradition with an added focus on acquiring in-demand, employer-aligned skills. This program prepares students to thrive as well-rounded, thoughtful leaders in a diverse, global society while also grounding them in competencies directly applicable to the workplace.
Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) helps clarify connections between your education and your life, your job, and your future.
The critical thinking, ethical reasoning, creativity, cultural literacy, problem solving, and effective communication skills valued by today’s employers are hallmarks of a liberal arts education. No matter what area of study you choose, you’ll develop these and more: our program also provides courses in high-demand workplace essentials such as project management, data visualization and analysis, design thinking, and conflict resolution.
You'll pursue a major in Applied Liberal Arts while earning a concentration in one of six areas.
Discern personal and professional responsibilities in order to develop creative solutions that lead to engagement in courageous action that contributes to dismantling unjust structures
Demonstrate a nuanced understanding and respect of diverse individuals and perspectives and the application of this understanding to further equity, human rights, and social justice
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Please mail transcripts to:
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient.
Applicants whose Native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. For required scores, visit our International Student page.
Upload to your online Application Form.
Please submit two essays by responding to two of the topics listed below. The essays should be typewritten, double-spaced, and each essay should be limited to 500–750 words in length. The essays are important to the Admissions Committee as they allow the committee to assess your personal goals, your reasons for choosing the program to which you are applying, your commitment to your educational goals, and your writing ability. The essays must be uploaded as part of your on-line application.
Application fee: $45
Letters must be sent directly from recommender either through online application portal or directly to Woods College. We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from recommender or emailed directly from recommender.
For additional information about scores, visit our International Student page.
For all international students and non-native English speakers, interviews are conducted as part of the application process.
The purpose of the interview is for the admission committee to gain a better sense of an applicant and how the program fits his or her academic and vocational needs. Additionally, the interview provides the committee an opportunity to assess a student’s specific information and to address the unique needs one may have in transitioning to Boston College. The interview will last no more than 15 minutes. Interviews will only be scheduled once an application has been submitted.
All students who have, or are currently attending, an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating the following:
For BA applicants: conferral of a secondary school degree that is equivalent to a U.S. high school’s degree from an accredited institution.
For MS applicants: conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral.
This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted to complete the application.
Please request a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:
Educational Credential Evaluators
Center for Educational Documentation
World Education Services Inc.
This is a tuition-only scholarship available to Woods College students enrolled in the undergraduate degree program. In order to apply, students must meet the following qualifications: