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Carroll School of Management – Boston College

Boston College is a private Jesuit Catholic university occupying multiple campuses each just a few miles west of central Boston. The Carroll School of Management is located on the Chestnut Hill Campus, occupying centrally located Fulton Hall near Alumni Stadium. The management school was founded in 1938, and was renamed in 1989 for Boston College alumnus Wallace E. Carroll, who contributed the school’s largest private grant at that time. Carroll offers full- and part-time MBA programs, as well as PhD and MS degrees in business-related fields.

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Students in the MBA program at Carroll have access to over 130 professors; Boston College overall has roughly 786 faculty members. Faculty members focus on seven academic departments: accounting, business law, finance, information systems, management and organization, marketing, and operations management. Their research regularly earns awards in specialized fields spanning corporate finance, operations management, strategic management, and securities and derivatives.


Each of the Carroll School’s academic departments are shaped by its world-class faculty, who contribute to an integrated curriculum that draws on collaboration between programs, departments, and students. Such a cooperative environment facilitates intellectual teamwork, even as it encourages students to maintain their individual concentrations. The school places emphases on developing public speaking; data analysis and SQL training; structure, analysis, and integration problem-solving; and executive-level management skills.

The two-year, full-time MBA academic year is broken into two semesters beginning just before Labor Day (generally late August) through December for the fall term; and mid-January through mid-May for the spring term. It consists of 33 total graduate credit hours. During their first year, full-time MBA students focus on core-curriculum coursework as a cohort, developing their business knowledge and capabilities that form the foundation of the graduate experience, and serve as a bonding time among classmates. The core consists of progressive coursework starting with the one-week Introduction to Strategic Management, followed by seven weeks each of three different data-analytics courses, plus classes in marketing, accounting, financial management, and managing people and organizations. Year one also includes follow-up professional-development sessions that are scheduled several times throughout the first semester. During the seven weeks of semester two, students will continue core classes in data analytics, both strategic and operations management, and management-practice experience (as a simulation); along with three electives. The second year consists of eight skill-strengthening electives that students choose according to their interests and disciplines. The Carroll School also requires graduate students to fulfill a volunteer requirement as part of the institution’s Jesuit heritage and tradition of serving the community.

Additionally, MBA project teams spend part of their second semester participating in the Diane Weiss Competition. Teams apply their evolving skills to confront real-world business challenges, finding and developing solutions for the school’s external, corporate partners. The competition concludes at the end of year one, with formal presentations of each team’s 90-day Management Practice Experience, addressed to faculty and judges who hold leadership roles in top companies. In addition to the real-time learning opportunities, the top teams earn awards and prominent recognition.

The school also offers applied-learning, credit-earning opportunities beyond the classroom. Among the options is the Graduate TechTrek field-study course each January, with weeklong visits technology firms in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and New York City. The International Consulting Project is an elective course for which Carroll MBA students consult as teams for international clients during the fall semester, then travel to their clients’ home countries to share their recommendations. These and several other experiential-learning programs round out the school’s rigorous coursework on and off campus.

Other MBA Degree Options

Along with its two-year full-time MBA program, Carroll offers a part-time MBA program with classes held on weeknights and Saturdays. The part-time MBA program allows students to earn an MBA in as little as 2 years or as many as 4 years, joining both on-campus and/or online classes. The school also offers full- or part-time MS programs in accountancy and finance, and PhD programs in business-related fields such as finance and organization studies. (The Carroll School of Management also is home to an undergraduate program.)


  • Asset Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Competitive Service Delivery
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting and Controls
  • Global Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Information Analytics
  • Product and Brand Management

Degree Offerings

Full-Time MBA

Part-Time MBA

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Clubs, Conferences and Competitions

The Carroll School has an established set of guiding principles meant to instill fundamentals of character in its community members and build trust among its selective class of students, faculty, administration, alumni, and employers. Like all Carroll students, MBA candidates will find that mutual respect, integrity, personal accountability, and the pursuit of excellence form the foundation of the school’s community.

Collaboration and social contributions are key to the Carroll experience, and are rooted in Boston College’s Jesuit heritage. As such, graduate students are required to join the university’s tradition of service in underserved communities. This can be done in several ways, such as providing pro-bono professional services to local nonprofit organizations, or volunteering as tutors and mentors. The university also sponsors a Jesuit Day of Service that gathers and gives back to the local community.

In the professional realm, MBA students can expand their leadership experience and explore and develop their personal and professional interests through a number of student organizations and clubs. Clubs like Graduate Women in Business, Graduate Management Association, and Graduate Technology Club host networking events, panel discussions, and social outings crafted around their niche interests. Other groups such as Invest in Kids invite Carroll students to impart some of their knowledge to and inspire future business leaders.

Meanwhile, Carroll considers forums and speaking events integral to its graduate curriculum. Applied-learning programs like the Manager’s Studio and Chief Executives Club bring in executives from top corporations to impart their personal and professional expertise to MBA students.

Campus Spaces

The Carroll School of Management is on the Chestnut Hill Campus of Boston College, southwest of central Boston and about 4 miles from Fenway Park. The school is mainly housed inside Fulton Hall, a stone-masonry structure built in the 1940s and updated with contemporary features. MBA students have exclusive access to its Graduate Computer Lab and the Graduate Management Lounge, as well as a variety of meeting and study rooms.

Boston College doesn’t currently offer graduate housing on campus, but the off-campus housing office can assist MBA students with listings and guidance.

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Career Services

The Graduate Management Career Development office provides many ways for students to develop professionally during their time at the Carroll School. These services include print and digital resources, and workshops to determine an individual’s optimal career path. Practice interviews, job coaching, résumé and cover letter preparation, and on-campus recruiting and internship opportunities give MBA students regular access to “GradLeaders,” the school’s online career network. Carroll graduates also can maintain their strong university ties through the Alumni Association’s online community and its regional chapters.

Career Statistics

About 98% of Carroll’s Full-Time MBA class of 2017 secured internships in their first year in the program. Data for class of 2016 full-time MBA graduates showed them earning positions in a variety of fields: 36% in financial services, 20% in health care/biotech/pharma, 14% in consulting, 9% in consumer goods, 5% in technology, 5% in government/non-profit/energy, 3% in manufacturing, and 8% in other fields. In their post-graduate careers, Carroll alumni averaged $110,307 in total compensation.

The majority of graduates were hired in marketing/sales roles (25%), finance/accounting (23%), and general management (22%). About 88% of Carroll’s class of 2016 students found employment within three months of graduation.

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Class Profile

Carroll School of Management has a class of 2018 size of 86 students, selected from 688 applicants. About 14% of the incoming class pursued degrees in engineering, as well as 14% in humanities/social science, followed by 12% in finance, 10% in economics. Fifteen percent of the class had double majors in their undergraduate studies. Upon matriculation at Carroll, students averaged 28 years in age with five years of full-time work experience. The average GMAT score of incoming students was 667. In total, 34% of students in the class of 2018 are international, 34% are women and 19% identify as a member of a minority group.

Application Procedures

Carroll offers applicants four admission rounds, taking place early November through mid-April. The school encourages applicants to submit as early as possible to receive priority admission and scholarship consideration. The application requirements for Carroll include completing the school’s online application form and submitting an essay, résumé, one letter of recommendation, and transcripts from each college attended. Applicants also must report their GMAT or GRE test results from within the past five years, and, where applicable, TOEFL or IELTS scores. Interviews are required for full-time MBA candidates, upon notification by the Admissions Office. A $100 application fee is required, though the fee is waived for military members and veterans who have been on active duty within the past 15 years.

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Carroll’s 2017-2018 tuition is $24,617 per semester. With additional fees such as living expenses, health insurance and books, however, the estimated cost of attendance for one year (two semesters) is $77,589.

The school offers a number of merit-based scholarships and assistantships to both domestic and international full-time applicants. All are considered for these awards upon admission to the program by indicating their interest on the application form. Additionally, more than 75% of full-time MBA students received Dean’s Scholarships, which are awarded to particularly strong candidates; they vary in value, but the average award totaled about $44,000. Financial aid and loans are available to all students, as are outside scholarships and loans, work-study programs, and combinations of each.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

  • Tuition (per semester) $24,617
  • Room and Board (per academic year) $14,805
  • Books and Fees $1,500
  • Medical Insurance $2,775
  • Personal $3,255
  • Summer Living Expenses $6,020
  • Total $77,589 (per year)

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Class Size86
Mean GMAT667
Mean GPA3.2
% Female34%

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Boston College
Carroll School of Management
140 Commonwealth Avenue, Cushing 203
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617.552.3920
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @BCCarrollSchool

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October 11, 2017 11:33am
Interview Invite via email.
GPA: 4. GMAT: 710. Canada.
May 6, 2017 1:29am
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April 11, 2017 11:00pm
Waitlisted via n/a.
April 7, 2017 8:58pm
Waitlisted via email.
March 9, 2017 8:37am
Accepted via phone.
GPA: 3.42. 680.

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