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Boston College is home to nearly 5,000 graduate and professional students, studying in a variety of degree programs and disciplines. Browse these websites for information regarding admissions, individual programs, and departments. 

Carroll Graduate School of Management Admissions  |  617-552-3920

Connell Graduate School of Nursing Admissions  |  617-552-4928 

Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Admissions  |  617-552-3268

Graduate School of Social Work Admissions  |  617-552-4020

Law School Admissions  |  617-552-4351

Lynch Graduate School of Education Admissions  |  617-552-4200

School of Theology and Ministry Admissions  |  617-552-6501

Woods Graduate School of Advancing Studies Admissions (Administrative Studies, part-time, evening)  |  617-552-3900

 

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Admitted Students: Welcome to Boston College!

Information for incoming graduate and professional students

The Office of Graduate Student Life is here to support you during your time at Boston College. We offer a wide variety of programs throughout the academic year, including the university-wide New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, which is held in late August.

Check out the Student Services Getting Started Guide for important information about beginning this next phase of your academic journey. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Student Services at 617-552-3300 or 800-294-0294, or send an email to studentservices@bc.edu

The Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and the Graduate Student Association welcomes new graduate students to Boston College during our New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation program.

The Orientation schedule includes a welcome address, returning graduate student panels, a BBQ lunch, campus tours, a resource fair, library tours, educational sessions, and a welcome reception! Educational session topics include financial services, getting to know Boston, the doctoral student experience, a panel for spouses, partners, and family members, and more.  

Click here to visit our orientation page.  

Each fall, the Graduate Student Association plans a series of events to welcome new graduate and professional students to BC.  For more information, please visit their page. 

Funding Your Graduate Education

We have lots of resources for you to help figure this out.

  1. Check out the Graduate Students Financial Aid Site, where you will learn more about, and begin the process of applying for graduate financial aid.
  2. Calculate the estimated cost.
  3. Learn more about applying for grants, scholarships, and assistantships.
  4. View the current listing of graduate assistantships and other job opportunities at Boston College.

 

Orientation by School

School of Theology and Ministry
Friday, August 24, 8:30am-11:00 am
Mass, lunch and advising to follow

School of Social Work
Incoming Part-Time Students: Wednesday, August 22, 4:30pm-7:00pm
Incoming Full-Time  Students: Tuesday, August 28, 9:00am-2:00pm

Law School 
Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24, All day

Woods College 
Thursday, August 23, 11:00am to 12:00pm
Gasson Hall 3rd floor, room 305

School of Nursing 
Traditional Master's Nursing: Wednesday, August 22, 9:30am-4:00pm, Maloney 365
Ph.D Nursing Orientation: Wednesday, August 22, 9:00am-2:00pm, Maloney 296 

College of Arts & Sciences 
Classical Studies: 
Thursday, August 23 
English Department: Ph.D and MA: Monday, August 27
Sociology Department: Tuesday, September 4 & 5
Psychology Department: Wednesday, August 22, 3:00pm
Romance Languages & Literatures: Tuesday, August 21- Friday, August 24
Physics Department: Friday, August 24
Earth & Environmental Sciences: Wednesday, August 22
Mathematics Department: Tuesday, August 28
Middle Eastern Studies: Wednesday, August 29, 5:00pm
Theology Department: Ph.D: Tuesday, August 28, 12:00pm
Chemistry Department: Monday, August 20- Friday, August 24
Biology Department: Monday, August 27- Tuesday, August 28
Philosophy Department: MA:Thursday, August 30, 10:00am & PhD: Friday, August 31, 1:00pm, Room Stokes N325 (For both orientations) 

New Student Checklist

The Office of Graduate Student Life has created a checklist to help you manage all of the important matters we think you should attend to as you prepare for arrival in Boston and at Boston College.

 
Student Services
Financial
Academic
Living in Boston

Current Students: Resources and Services

A multitude of services exist specifically to assist graduate students in academics, research, and student life.  Links to many of these resources can be found below.

Libraries

Detailed information regarding BC libraries.

Connors Family Learning Center
A primary academic assistance resource for all BC students.   

Health Insurance and Health Services

Counseling Services, University
University students encounter a variety of challenges during their years of study. They face the tasks of separating from their families, establishing themselves as independent adults, developing new and closer relationships, and defining and committing themselves to a career. Older students may face some of the same challenges, while also managing the responsibilities of work and more permanent relationships. Contact them for an appointment.

Office of Health Promotion - BC Chill
The official stress management health campaign for the Office of Health Promotion aimed to help BC students identify what makes them stressed and develop coping strategies that really work.

Christian Life Community

Cura Personalis (care of the whole person) stems from the desire to see and care for a person as God sees and cares for that person, and in gathering in groups, we seek to listen more deeply to God and others. CLC groups meet once a week for an hour and have the opportunity to attend retreats and activities througout the year. 

Graduate Student Facilitators lead weekly faith-based reflection groups of seniors with one other co-leader. Leading a CLC group is a unique opportunity to create a space for open sharing and faith-based conversations through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality. Those interested shoud visit the CLC site and reach out in August or September (cura@bc.edu). Open to all students.


GPS Retreat

GPS is an overnight retreat experience for first-year master's students that takes place in November. The retreat provides a space for engagement in self-reflection and meaningful conversation about the realities of navigating life in graduate school.

Graduate Student Facilitators are at least in their second year of graduate school and are responsible for delivering an 8 minute reflection talk about one of the retreat themes (transitions, relationships, detours, vocation) and leading small group breakout sessions with peers. Prior GPS experience is not needed to apply. The time commitment is as follows:  7 weekly 1 hour, 15 minute training meetings in the Fall semester and additional talk practice time (~3-5 hours). Applications are due mid- to late-April. Email gsc@bc.edu and visit the GPS page for more information.
 

Hope Grief Support

Grieving the loss of someone can be confusing and isolating, especially in college. Hearing from and sharing with peers is an important part of coping, healing, and growing. HOPE Grief Support is a service offered for BC students to talk with other BC students who have experienced loss in their lives. The loss can be from the death of someone close or not-so-close, recent or not-so-recent. Groups form several times each semester based on peoples' schedules.

Graduate Student Facilitators who are interested in becoming involved with this program should contact Rick Rossi (Richard.Rossi@bc.edu). This opportunity is specifically oriented towwards those from the LMHC program, MSW, STM, or dual degree students from these fields. 
 

Kairos

Kairos is a weekend retreat that seeks to deepen or begin a student's connection to their spirituality and to explore their understanding of God's role in their lives. Using a simple approach to conversation and reflection, the retreat is open to students of all faith backgrounds. Students listen to talks, discuss in small groups, and experience some special Kairos surprises - all led by other students who have been on Kairos before.

Graduate Student Facilitators facilitate the team formation process using the provided Kairos director's manual and with support from the Kairos office. Meetings last 2 hours and occur 10-12 times leading up to the retreat. A day-long retreat is also a part of the preparation process. Honorariums include $750 for directors (those with experience leading Kairos) and $500 for assistant directors (those who many be new to the ministry). Applications are taken on a rolling basis, typically beginning after spring break for retreats occurring the following school year. If interested, please contact John Glynn (john.glynn@bc.edu). 
 

Prism

Prism is a discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, questioning, trans*, queer, genderqueer, and/or other female-identified students. This program seeks to offer a safe space for students to both receive support and discuss any issues they face in their day-to-day lives.

Graduate Student Leaders would aid in facilitating these groups to the benefit of the students, directing conversation and promoting a welcoming atmosphere. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm. All students interested in Prism or other events offered by the LGBTQ+ Resource Department (panels, etc.) should contact Caroline Davis (caroline.davis.2@bc.edu).


Racial Identity Development Experience (R.I.D.E.)

R.I.D.E. is a weekend retreat offered by the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. Generally held in January each year, the weekend provides a safe space for undergraduate students to consider and discuss experiences of race and identity. On this retreat, participants will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, reflect on their own personal experiences, and learn from other students. 

Graduate Student Facilitators help lead the retreat, facilitate small group discussions, and share their experience with race and racial identity. If you would be interested in gaining valuable facilitation experience and engaging in discussions about race and identity, please consider applying! The application for Graduate Student Facilitators is due in mid- to late-October. Contact ride@bc.edu or bowmancenter@bc.edu for information and deadlines. 

Financial and Assistantship Resources

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES:

Office of Student Services: processes and awards BC need-based financial aid in the form of federal loans and work-study for students.

$uccessful Start Program: The goal of the Successful Start program is to ensure that Boston College's students are financially literate for their lifetime by offering a series of workshops and seminars, led by Boston College employees and expert guest speakers, related to all aspects of personal financial management.

Financial Aid

ASSISTANTSHIPS

Many offices on campus offer assistantships or fellowships for graduate students, which are compiled and can be found here.

CONFERENCE GRANTS:

Each year the Graduate Student Association funds two different programs which provide money for graduate and professional student activities.  Find out about their funding process here.


CAREER RESOURCES:

BOSTON COLLEGE CAREER CENTER: Career Center Resources for Graduate Students.


 

The Office of Graduate Student Life | The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center
292 Hammond Street | Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 | PH: 617-552-1855 | E: gsc@bc.edu

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