B.A., Business

Bachelor of Arts

To succeed in today’s business world, you need a skillset that’s agile, wide-ranging, and informed by data. In this Business bachelor’s degree program, you will build the communication expertise all employers need, as well as in-demand skills including critical thinking, ethical leadership, quantitative analysis, project management, and risk management. Through elective courses, you can tailor your degree toward your professional goals as you prepare to be an effective, inclusive business leader.

Learning Outcomes:

Critical Thinking

Apply analytical skills in a systematic manner to define business challenges or opportunities, develop potential solutions, and evaluate their success.

Strategic Leadership

Translate strategic objectives into measurable plans that deploy the necessary resources in the most effective manner to solve business problems within defined constraints.

Quantitative Analysis

Employ data analysis skills to enhance understanding of a business problem and identify solutions that are supported by the data.

Communication Skills

Communicate effectively across business contexts, both in writing and verbally, and give multimedia presentations to large and small groups using a variety of technology applications.

Risk Management

Apply a working knowledge of risk management strategies to identify and mitigate risks in organizations.

Ethical Leadership

Examine all situations through an ethical lens and apply principles of ethical decision-making in a business context.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Develop long-term solutions that optimize the strengths of individuals who make up diverse teams and advance an inclusive and equitable organizational approach and environment.


Career Paths


Financial Analyst

Business Development Associate

Marketing Manager


Market Research Associate

Business Manager

Business Analyst

Customer Engagement Representative

Human Resources Associate

Account Manager



Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

View Articulation Agreements


Fall Enrollment
August 1
Spring Enrollment
December 1
Summer Enrollment
April 15
Rolling Admission
After deadlines, as space permits.


Start Your Application

If you are mailing hard copies of application materials, please send them to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

*Current Woods College Undergraduate degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. 

Declare your certificate here

Academic transcripts

Submit the following:

  • Official high school transcript with degree conferral date or official GED
  • Official college transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges or universities

If you have been conferred your associate's degree, you may submit an Attestation Form in lieu of an official high school transcript. The completed form can be sent to wcasadm@bc.edu

Please mail transcripts to:

Boston College
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 wcasadm@bc.edu 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.

International Student page


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

Please submit one essay by responding to one of the topics listed below. The essay should be typewritten, double-spaced, and should be limited to 500 – 750 words in length.

The essay is essential to the Admissions Committee as it allows 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. 

  1. Discuss your reason(s) for applying to the B.A. program at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at this time. Support your reasons with specific examples.
  2. Discuss your academic goals and how they apply to your planned career and/or life goals.

The essay must be uploaded as part of your online application.

Application Fee

Application fee: $45

  • Paid through online application.


Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be sent directly from the recommender through our online application portal or sent directly to Woods College (wcasadm@bc.edu).

Please note: Letters of recommendation should be provided by recommenders who can speak to your professional or academic abilities.

If you are having difficulty securing a second letter of recommendation, please email wcasadm@bc.edu to schedule an interview with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions. This interview will serve in lieu of the second letter of recommendation.

International Students

1. Demonstrated English Language Proficiency required (minimum TOEFL score of 90-100)

For additional information about scores, visit our International Student page.

2. Interview

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.

3. Transcript Evaluation

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
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470


Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117


450 Seventh Ave, Suite 804
New York, NY 10123



World Education Services Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087



Financial Aid & Scholarships

For Financial Aid and Scholarship information, please click the link below

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information



Schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor through our online calendar. 

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