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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, students have the ability to take up to two graduate-level courses in their senior year.  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 could potentially be 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
  • Reading and Literacy

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.


Speciality Programs

  • Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars (UOI)
  • Urban Catholic Teacher Corps (UCTC)


Application Process

  • Students must apply during their junior year.  Please submit the application by March 1, 2017.
  • Applicants must meet all graduate admission requirements.  
  • The application fee is waived for applicants to the Fifth Year and Early Admit Programs.
  • Please indicate "Summer 2018" 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 June 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.

*Due to new changes in course requirements, Boston College undergraduate students are required to earn a minimum of 120 credits for their Bachelor's degree. Although students who are accepted into the Fifth Year Program may take up to two graduate courses in their senior year, some students may only have room to register for one graduate course. While it is the student's responsibility to meet all undergraduate requirements, the Lynch School Graduate Office will gladly assist students in planning their Fifth Year courses.


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