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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Program Handbook

department of psychology

Getting Started

Welcome to Boston College’s Department of Psychology. Each year the Department is pleased to welcome a small, highly select group of outstanding students. We know that you are the next generation of psychologists and that we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you. You begin as students, and we all remain students throughout our careers, but we look forward to your quickly becoming our collaborators and then our leaders as you become independent researchers. Our hope is that in fulfilling the formal rules to which we now introduce you, you will acquire the professional skills and knowledge needed to pursue your intellectual interests and make your contributions to psychology.


This handbook is designed to give you current information about the steps you need to take to fulfill the requirements of our program. Be sure to read the handbook carefully each year and discuss the requirements of the program with your advisor. The person ultimately responsible for making sure that you are aware of all of the requirements for completion of your degree is you the student.