Boston College Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(4.02 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 111 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 14,354 (9,796 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 23% part-time, 77% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $26,262
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2021

The Poli Sci department is political-theory dominant, and because I am studying Comparative Politics, my sub-department is not a priority to the department. So there are fewer events, opportunities, course offerings, and so on, for comparative students. That being said, what we do have is still quality and the professors are excellent, and very invested in the success and well being of their students.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018

The doctoral program in history at BC is something special. There's an unusually convivial spirit amongst grad students in large part because we're all guaranteed funding so we aren't competing with each other. Reading groups provide feedback for written work and there are opportunities to present work in progress. For the most part, professors are available and engaged (and engaging). My adviser in particular is amazing. There is a fairly high teaching load, but having fourth year for funded research is amazing. The department is also open to discussing and promoting job opportunities outside the ivory tower.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

Going to BC for my MSW is the best decision I've made thus far. The experience as a whole, the faculty, coursework, and opportunities, have proven to be while worth the move to Boston.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

I've enjoyed the majority of my courses so far, though some of the core courses could have been more challenging. The students in the program are fantastic, with good diversity, very good social atmosphere, and great variety of people here.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Not very challenging. Too Student Affairs centric. Great students.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2020

Pros: faculty support, congenial environment, social life, reasonable workload. Cons: Possible implications of program reputation/ranking for the academic job market.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

I feel like a lot more resources are poured into the undergrad program because of their rankings. There is also not a lot of choice for classes when you are in your 2nd year and not focused on finance.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Safe location, great diversity,small class size Cons: bad weather, amount of courses are limited
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

In the history department, I've worked with some fantastic professors. I feel that I have learned a great deal on my subject, but also about professional academia. There are also many opportunities for students to gain hands on experience teaching at an academic level with TA positions. The workload is rigorous but manageable, and I feel more confident about my skills. The history department is also beginning to offer new areas of study, including minors in archival work and public history. Off-campus housing that doesn't cater to undergrads can be pricey. There is a Graduate Student Association, but they don't seem very active.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Great faculty, great scholarships and financial aid, great program. Boston, although an expensive city to live in, is a fun city with a ton of opportunities.
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