How to Apply
department of psychology
For application materials or further information about admission into our program, please direct inquiries to the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for review purposes during the application process. If you are accepted and decide to matriculate, official copies of all transcripts will then be required. Should you submit official transcripts during the application process, these will be added to your file and reviewed, and will fulfill the latter application requirement.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- GRE General and Psychology subject tests. The Psychology subject test is optional.
- Personal Statement: Indicate your motivation for pursuing graduate study in psychology. Describe your background, including any relevant research experience, and indicate the kinds of research topics you wish to explore in graduate school. We encourage students to visit our website, read about our faculty and their research areas, and indicate which faculty they would like to work with, if admitted to our program.
All materials must be received by December 15.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
When you submit an application form to the Graduate School of the Morrissey College 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.
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.
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.
The psychology department requires scores for the GRE general test from all applicants. The GRE Subject Test in Psychology is optional.
There is no "required score" or "minimum score" on either GRE test for applicants to be eligible for admission. Simply do your best.
Students who are not seeking a degree but who are interested in pursuing coursework at the graduate level may apply for admission as Special Students. 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.
Special Student applicants should submit the following:
- application form
- application fee
- statement of purpose
- official transcript(s)
No, our department does not offer a Master's Degree.
Our department does not offer programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. A graduate program in Counseling is offered by Boston College's Lynch School of Education. To find out more, visit the Lynch School's Website.
How many students are accepted into the graduate program in the Psychology department at Boston College?
We receive an average of 175 Ph.D. applications each year. In 2016 we accepted nine Ph.D. applications, and four of those matriculated.