O’Brien Fellowship

Global business leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and humanitarian advocate Denis O’Brien, who received an MBA from Boston College in 1982, has generously created the O’Brien Fellowship at the University. Irish citizens who matriculate in the Carroll School of Management’s full-time MBA program may qualify for the O’Brien Fellowship.

Candidates for the fellowship must be Irish citizens whose academic, professional, and other accomplishments reflect the high professional and personal standards of Mr. O’Brien, one of Ireland’s most prominent entrepreneurial and philanthropic leaders.

The O’Brien Fellowship will cover the full cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for two years (or the duration of the MBA program), as well as international travel. Eligible candidates will receive consideration for the fellowship during the initial application review by the Admissions Committee.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 O’Brien Fellowship is January 7, 2020. Candidates will be notified of their admission decision by March 18. Learn more about application requirements.  

Admission Criteria

The Carroll School of Management seeks to enroll a diverse class of bright and creative future business leaders. We seek candidates who are driven to make an impact in business and society.

In evaluating applications for consideration for the O’Brien Fellowship, Dean Andy Boynton and members of the MBA Admissions Committee look for academic excellence, strong work experience, and outstanding potential for leadership. Courses in business administration or management are not required, but students are expected to be proficient in communication skills and mathematics. 

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Requirements:

Boston College welcomes applications from graduates of accredited colleges and universities. Please submit the online application for admission, together with the following materials:

  • Current resume, including education and employment history
  • Academic transcripts from every college or university in which you were enrolled in a degree-granting program
  • GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years; GMAT school code: 44x-J5-96, GRE school code: 3033
  • Employment History, using the form provided within the online application
  • Recommendation from an individual who can provide an objective appraisal of your capacity for rigorous graduate study and your potential for professional success
  • Personal essay, 500 words, 12 point font, double-spaced
  • Application fee of $100 USD is waived for Irish citizens. Please email bcmba@bc.edu prior to submitting your application to receive waiver.
  • Admission interview by a member of the MBA Admission Committee

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Application deadline: January 7, 2020
Notification date to candidates: By March 18, 2020

Ready to apply? Access the online application for admission.