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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Boston College

  • Chestnut Hill, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 48%52%
    student ratio
  • 1,032
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition

Overview

University Overview

Boston College is a Jesuit University with over 14,500 students, 700 full-time faculty members and more than 150,000 active alumni. Since its founding in 1863, the university has known extraordinary growth and change.

From its beginning as a small Jesuit college intended to provide higher education for Boston's largely immigrant Catholic population, Boston College has grown into a national institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked among the nation's top universities. With over 14,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, Boston College attracts scholars from all across the United States and from over 100 countries.

Today, Boston College confers nearly 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through its 12 schools and colleges. Its' 700 faculty members are committed to both teaching and research and have set new marks for research grants in each of the last 10 years. The university is in the process of adding new faculty positions, expanding faculty and student research, increasing student financial aid and widening opportunities in key undergraduate and graduate programs.

The university is comprised of 12 colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Woods College of Advancing Studies; the schools of Education, Law, Management, Theology and Ministry, and Nursing; and the graduate schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Management, Nursing and Social Work.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is the oldest and largest of the university's seven graduate and professional schools. The Graduate School offers programs of study in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Art (MA) and Master of Science (M.S.). In addition, numerous dual-degree opportunities are offered in cooperation with the university's professional schools including: the Carroll School of Management, the Boston College Law School, the Lynch School of Education and the Graduate School of Social Work.

With approximately 1,000 graduate students and 425 full-time faculty members, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is small enough to know you as a person, yet large enough to serve you and prepare you for a rewarding life and satisfying career.

Humanities Departments

-The Department of Classical Studies offers an MA program in Latin, Greek and Classics (Latin and Greek).

-The Department of English offers an MA and a PhD program. The MA program provides a solid and up-to-date grounding in the received canon of literature in English, and in the newer canons in the making, in rigorous scholarly methods and in cutting edge theoretical approaches. The PhD program allows students to study in many periods, authors, and critical and theoretical streams.

-The Department of History offers both an MA and a PhD program with specializations in British & Irish history, medieval history, US history, and modern European history. Emerging areas of faculty expertise and graduate student interest include South Asian history, East Asian history, and Latin American history.

-The Department of Philosophy offers both an MA and a PhD program in the history and problems of philosophy, with specializations in Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Continental Philosophy from Kant to the present, Social and Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science.

-The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers MA degrees in French, Hispanic and Italian Literature and Culture.

-The Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures offers an MA program in Linguistics, in Russian, or in Slavic Studies.

-The Department of Theology offers a PhD program with specializations in Biblical Studies, Comparative Theology, Theological Ethics, History of Christian Life and Thought, and Systematic Theology. A joint Master's program in Philosophy and Theology allows students to take courses in the standard graduate programs offered by both departments.

Social Sciences Departments

- The Department of Economics offers a PhD program designed to train economists for careers in teaching and research by providing strong backgrounds in economic theory, quantitative research methods, and applied fields.

- The Department of Political Science offers both an MA and a PhD program with specializations in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Political Theory.

-The Department of Psychology offers full-time, research-oriented MA and PhD programs with specializations in Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, and Social Psychology.

- The Department of Sociology offers both an MA and a PhD program. The department's MA program prepares students for careers in the areas of social research, applied sociological analysis, and basic college-level teaching, while also providing the foundation for advanced graduate-level study toward the PhD. The department's PhD program is organized around the theme Social Economy and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context, and prepares students for careers as university and college faculty members and as researchers and decision makers in business, the public sector, and non-profit organizations.

Natural Sciences Departments

- The Department of Biology offers a PhD program with specializations in cell and molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, bioinformatics, and immunobiology. The department hosts state-of-the-art research laboratories and core-research support facilities.

- The Department of Chemistry offers a PhD program studying all phases of contemporary chemical science, including many interdisciplinary areas interfacing chemistry with the fields of biology, medicine, physics, and material science.

- The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers an MS program designed to prepare its students for successful careers as geoscientists in the environmental and engineering industries, as well as prepare them for continued studies toward a PhD.

- The Department of Mathematics offers a PhD program specializing in Geometry/Topology and Number Theory/Representation Theory/Algebraic Geometry.

- The Department of Physics offers a research-based PhD program. Current research interests include Correlated Electron Systems, Nanostructures for Energy and Sensing, High-Temperature Superconductors, Metamaterials, Thermoelectrics, Luminescence Spectroscopy, Topological Insulators, Heavy Fermion Systems, Plasmas and Plasmonics, Molecular Organic (Super) Conductors, and Magnetic Materials.

Assistantships and Research Grants

Academic awards are available to ensure that outstanding, academically qualified students have financial support while they work toward their degrees. Stipends and scholarships are offered in the form of Graduate Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Teaching Fellowships, University Fellowships, and Tuition Scholarships.

No separate application is required to apply for these awards; individuals whose applications are complete will be considered for academic aid by the department in which they hope to study. All of these awards are made by the Graduate School and are usually renewable given satisfactory performance. The amounts of the awards and the number of years for which they are renewable may vary by department.

Research grants obtained under University auspices by members of the faculty represent another source of financial assistance for graduate students. The availability of such grant funds change from year-to-year and vary markedly among the academic disciplines, with the natural sciences being by far the largest beneficiary. Again, no separate application is necessary to apply for such assistance. Students are routinely considered by the principal investigator for financial assistance those funds afford.

Faculty and Student Research

Research is a central piece of academic life at Boston College. The university is dedicated to conducting nationally and internationally significant research that advances understanding, enriches culture, and addresses pressing social needs. One sign of the maturity of a campus community is its ability to bring students and faculty together across disciplinary boundaries to explore important issues. Through their research, our faculty fosters the intellectual development and personal formation of our students.

Boston College hosts over 40 Research Centers and Institutes that allow faculty and students to cooperate on research and teaching. Boston College's Centers and Institutes make significant contributions in scientific research, the exploration of the relationship between religion and society, and improved practice in education, philanthropy and corporate conduct.

Library Resources

Boston College Libraries are internationally recognized for excellence in their collections and information services. The individual libraries and centers that make up the Boston College Libraries offer general and specialized collections, services, and other resources to support teaching, learning and research at Boston College.

Academic Consortia

In addition to the world-class resources available at the university, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences participates in host of academic consortia which expand the range of resources already available to its students:

-The Boston-Area Consortium allows full-time graduate students within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to cross register for courses within the graduate schools at Boston University, Brandeis University and Tufts University.

-The Boston Library Consortium allows Boston College students to access to millions of volumes and other services at nineteen area institutions in addition to the world class resources available through the Boston College Library System.

-The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (GCWS) is comprised of faculty and students drawn from its 6 member schools: Boston College, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, MIT and Tufts University.

-The Boston Theological Institute (BTI) allows full-time graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to cross-register at Andover-Newton School of Theology, Boston University School of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, Gordon-Conwell School of Theology, Harvard Divinity School, Holy Cross College (Greek Theology School), St. John's Seminary and Weston School of Theology.

Learning Center

The Connors Family Learning Center strives to enhance the quality of learning at Boston College by offering instructional support for faculty and graduate students, special services to students with learning disabilities, and tutoring and skills workshops to all Boston College students. Working closely with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The Center sponsors seminars, workshops, and discussions for graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellows on strategies for improving teaching effectiveness and student learning. Each fall, the Center and the Graduate School hold a workshop designed to help students prepare for teaching. Through these and other activities, the Center plays an important role in enhancing the quality of academic life at Boston College.

Graduate Student Center

The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center is dedicated to the support and enrichment of graduate student life at Boston College. Its primary purpose is to build a sense of community among the entire graduate student population and cultivate a sense of belonging to the university as a whole. Its amenities include study rooms, a computer lab, DVD lending library, kitchen, deck and patio space, complementary coffee and tea, and more! Throughout the year, the center hosts programs organized by the Office of Graduate Student Life and graduate student groups.

Location

Located only six miles from downtown Boston, Boston College is an easy car or "T" ride away from one of the world's most vibrant cities. A booming center for trade, finance, research, and education, Boston is an exciting and dynamic place to live and learn. Home to some of the most prestigious cultural landmarks, Boston provides a rich environment for those passionate about art, music, and history. Some of our country's beloved sports teams call Boston home and many of New England's best recreational sites can be found within driving distance. There are roughly 50 universities located in the Boston area, and the large student population adds to the city's intellectually rich and diverse community.


Location & Contact

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800
United States

Dr. David Quigley

Dean

Phone: 617-552-2393
Email: david.quigley@bc.edu

Mr. Robert Howe

Associate Dean

Phone: 617-552-3265
Fax: 617-552-3700
Email: hower@bc.edu

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Departments & Programs


Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Master of Business Administration/Master of Science (MBA/MS)
      Master of Science/Master of Arts (MS/MA)
      Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
      Master of Arts/Master of Arts (MA/MA)
      Master of Theology (Th M)
      Master of Social Work/Master of Arts (MSW/MA)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL)
      Master of Arts/Juris Doctor (MA/JD)
      Master of Divinity (M Div)
      Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
      Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Philosophy (MBA/PhD)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 169
    • Doctoral Degrees 83
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2,499
    • Accepted 555
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 202
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 2nd January 2nd Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1032
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1032
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Full-time Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian82%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown7%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty428
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%


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