Boston College Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.39 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 6 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
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3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2009

Boston College was a good school; however, there were times I felt that because I was only a Masters student, I was overlooked in favor of the PhD students. Also, there were multiple instances were the school accepted people into a program with a focus that it was unable to provide appropriate classes for.
0.67 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018

The history department itself is wonderful. Faculty are great and I've had really good experiences with my advisor. However, the teaching load is very high and takes a lot of time, making it difficult to complete the program quickly. Additionally, the graduate school is implementing a number of changes which is dramatically reducing graduate student funding and health insurance coverage for future years. In conjunction with other changes a new administration is introducing, I can no longer recommend the graduate program at Boston College. Graduates will likely find it difficult to complete the program without securing outside funding and will likely find the reputation of the program declining in the coming years.
4.25 out of 5.0
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.
3.42 out of 5.0
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.
4.33 out of 5.0
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.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

I am currently enrolled in the 5th year BA/MA program within the History department at Boston College. I loved my time as an undergraduate, so I was thrilled to be accepted to the 5th year program to spend another year with the BC history department. I feel that one of the biggest pros of this program is the opportunity to receive a Master's degree in just one year after undergraduate graduation. I feel that this is a very strong program and will be very valuable in my academic and professional life.
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