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department of psychology

What is a Self-Managed Application?

Can I submit application materials separately?

How am I notified of my application status?

Does the Psychology department accept students for the spring semester?

Do I need to take the GRE?

What is the required score on the GRE general test or subject test?

What is "special student status?"

How do I apply to be a Special Student?

Do you offer a program in Clinical Psychology?

How many students are accepted each year?

Questions and Answers

What is a self-managed application?

Applications for admission into a program in the Psychology department are self-managed application. A self-managed application means that you (the applicant) are responsible for ensuring that all required application materials have been received by the admissions office. The admissions office does not notify you if pieces of the application are missing.

Can I submit application materials separately?

When you submit an application form to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, a file is created for you in our online system. If we receive materials separately from your application, we hold these materials in a pending area that will link to your application once it is received. We encourage you to submit all of your materials together, but if you must submit them separately, please include your name, department, and social security number on all forms.

How am I notified of my application status?

Once admission decisions have been made, you will receive written notification via the U.S. Postal Service. No admission decision information will be given out over the phone, fax, or internet.

Does the Psychology department accept students for entry in the spring semester?

The Psychology department does not accept students for entry in the spring semester. Applications are due December 15 for the following fall semester. Students may, however, apply for non-degree seeking "special student" status any time.

Do I need to take the GRE?

The psychology department requires scores for the GRE general test from all applicants. The GRE Subject Test in Psychology is optional.

What is the required score on the GRE general test or subject test?

There is no "required score" or "minimum score" on either GRE test for applicants to be eligible for admission. Simply do your best.

What is Special Student status?

Students not seeking a degree, but who are interested in pursuing coursework at the graduate level, may apply for admission as Special Students. Many individuals enter departments of the Graduate School in this status, either to explore the seriousness of their interest in studying for an advanced degree or to strengthen their credentials for possible later application for degree study. Those admitted as a Special Student may take courses only in the department that has recommended their admission. Permission to continue to take courses as a Special Student beyond the semester for which admission was originally gained must be obtained from the admitting department's Graduate Program Director. Special Student applicants are not eligible for University sponsored sources of financial aid or any financial aid that requires matriculation in a degree program.

Admission as a Special Student does not guarantee subsequent admission for degree candidacy. Individuals admitted as Special Students who subsequently wish to apply for degree study must file additional application documents and be accepted for degree study. The number of credits one has earned as a Special Student that may be applied toward the requirements of a degree is determined by the department to which one applies, in concert with the Graduate School regulations.

How do I apply to be a Special Student?

Special Student applicants should submit the following:

  • application form
  • application fee
  • statement of purpose
  • official transcript(s)
Does the Psychology department offer a program in Clinical Psychology?

Our department does not offer programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. A Counseling program can be found in the Lynch School of Education's Graduate School. To find out more, visit the Lynch School's Website.

How many students are accepted into the graduate programs in the Psychology department at Boston College?

We receive an average of 175 Ph.D. applications and 65 Master's applications each year. Our admissions statistics for 2013 are as follows:

  • We accepted nine Ph.D. applications, and five matriculated.
  • We accepted one Master's application, and one matriculated.