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Lynch School of Education

Fifth Year and Early Admit Programs

for boston college juniors

The Fifth Year Program and Early Admit Program offer academically outstanding Boston College Juniors a unique opportunity to begin graduate study during their undergraduate senior year, allowing them to graduate with a bachelor's and master's degree in a shortened amount of time.

All undergraduate juniors in the Lynch School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Connell School of Nursing, and Carroll School of Management are eligible to apply for these programs.  (*see additional Early Admit requirements below)

In consultation with an advisor, a graduate level course is added each semester to the student's senior-year schedule. In addition to the time advantage, there is a considerable savings involved. The two graduate level courses taken in the senior year are covered by undergraduate tuition, so the amount saved at current graduate tuition rates is more than $6,000.

Fifth Year Programs are available in: 

  • Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Education
  • Moderate Special Needs (mild/moderate learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and behavior disorders)
  • Severe Special Needs (including visually impaired, deaf/blindness, and multiple disabilities)
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Higher Education
  • Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
  • Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

Early Admit Programs are available in: 

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling

*Students who have completed some psychology-related coursework, have at least a 3.5 GPA, and have completed some type of practical, field-based or helping experience (e.g. residential advisor, camp counselor, hotline operator, youth worker, etc.), either volunteer or paid, are strong candidates for this program.

Application Process

  • Students must apply during their junior year.  Please submit the application by March 1, 2014.
  • Applicants must meet all graduate admission requirements.  Download the Application Checklist
  • The application fee is waived for applicants to the Fifth Year and Early Admit Programs.
  • Please indicate "Summer 2014" as your intended term of entry on the application.
  • Please choose "Fifth Year" as your dual degree on the application.
  • Notification of approval to begin the program is usually made in May by the Office of Graduate Admission.
  • If students are in a study-abroad program during their junior year but are still interested in one of these programs, they should contact the Office of Graduate Admission or (617) 552-4214.
  • If an applicant is not offered admission into the program, they are welcome to re-apply to the Master's program upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

Full Graduate Student Status

Upon successful completion from the undergraduate program, senior year coursework and the additional graduate-level courses are reviewed and a determination about formal admission into the full graduate program is made.  Upon final admission, the student is sent an official letter of acceptance into the Lynch Graduate School of Education.