Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, M.A.

The Master's program in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (ADEP) at the Lynch School of Education is designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of children and youth, as well as the influence of families, schools, and communities on development. It is ideal for individuals who are interested in making meaningful differences in children's lives through education, advocacy, research, policy, or direct services.

Students work closely with faculty mentors to create an individualized program that addresses their specific areas of interest and career goals.  Our program provides opportunities to complete internships, collaborate on research, and engage informally with faculty in ways that enable students to better integrate theory and practice.  As part of their Master's studies, students also may elect to complete a certificate in one of our 5 areas of specialization:  Positive Youth Development, Child and Family Mental Health, Human Rights and International Justice, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Early Childhood Leadership. 


Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Elida Laski

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Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable.

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 5 required courses and 5 electives, which allow students to create individualized programs tailored to their interests and career goals. Total of 30 credits. 

How long will it take?

The program is flexible, allowing students to matriculate full-time and complete the program in 1 to 2 years, or to attend part-time, completing their degree in 2 or more years. 

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7418 

Applied Child Development

This course will address cognitive, language, social, and emotional development in infants, preschoolers, and elementary school age children with a special emphasis on applying developmental science to public policy and professional practice with children and families.

APSY 7419

Applied Adolescent Development

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the theoretical and empirical knowledge base concerning adolescent development. In particular, four broad areas will be considered: (1) psychological, biological, and cognitive transitions; (2) central developmental tasks of adolescence; (3) primary contextual influences; and (4) prevalent types of problematic functioning that emerge during adolescence.

APSY 7617

Learning and Cognition

Discusses theories of learning and cognitive development, explores roles of biology and environment, and examines different interpretations of environment. Discusses whether learning and cognitive development are similar or different processes.

APSY 7470  Advanced Practicum: Applied Psychology

Students meet once a week to discuss their required field work (8-10 hours per week) and to relate their field work to psychological theories, research, and applications. Readings and discussion contribute to critical analyses of how social issues and social problems are situated differently due to gender, race, social class, and diversities of language, ability, sexuality, etc. Participants will explore strategies for translating this knowledge and experience into resources that enable them to identify future career options.


Where do our graduates work?




Research Assistant


Elementary Teacher 









Research Technician 


College Counselor 


Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ADEP MA Program

Application Information




Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
January 10
Rolling Admission
After January 10

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form


To be uploaded to your online Application Form

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.



Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form


Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

For FedEx or UPS shipments, please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

An unofficial score report may be uploaded to your online Application Form; however, an official score report – sent directly from ETS – must also be received by the application deadline.

  • This program requires all applicants to have taken the GRE in a maximum of 5 years prior to application being submitted, regardless of previous academic coursework, previous degrees/credentials earned, and/or professional experience. No exceptions will be made.

  • The GRE is the only exam that is acceptable for this program; the MAT, LSAT, MTEL, GMAT, and other exams may not be substituted for the GRE.

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit

Lynch School of Education GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

Not required.


International Students

An international applicant is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in The Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned. International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements as well as additional requirements outlined below.


Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Click HERE for a complete list of NACES-approved evaluators. Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.


English Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) are required to submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not currently accepted). Below are the minimum scores required.


TOEFL iBT = 100 minimum

IELTS – 7.0 minimum


An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL). TOEFL School Code: 3240.



Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.


  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the language of instruction was English


Conditional Acceptance

The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin. If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met.