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Lynch School of Education

Applied Psychology and Human Development

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Do you want to enrich the lives of children every day? Do you want to improve the communities, schools, and families around you and throughout the world? Are you looking for a practical major that opens up a variety of options in employment, graduate school, and leadership?

If so, then a degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development is your first step. The program prepares students to contribute to society through social and community service, counseling, human development, educational psychology, leadership, and management.

The Applied Psychology and Human Development program in the Lynch School of Education is a top choice among Boston College undergraduates. That’s because our faculty features leading researchers and our focus is always on application and meaningful learning in the classroom and in the local, national, and international communities. 

The program features:

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty in applied development, educational, and counseling psychology
  • A foundational 10-course sequence in developmental psychology and counseling
  • Three focus areas: Human Services, Organizational Studies-Human Resources, and Community Advocacy and Social Policy

Did you know?

Applied Psychology and Human Development majors have gone on to child advocacy, early intervention, and community programs for children and families, research, counseling, management, and human resource positions with leading companies. In addition, 46% of our students attend graduate training.

Why study psychology in a school of education?

The Applied Psychology and Human Development major in the Lynch School of Education emphasizes state of the art connections between research, theory, and practice. Through practica and community involvement, students gain real-world experience and graduate prepared to apply what they learned in an array of community, education, business, and policy settings.