DEADLINES

View the Master's Student Checklist

  MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

 

  Early Decision

All programs

  11/1/2016

  Regular Decision Spring Semester   11/1/2016

  Regular Decision

Higher Education

  12/1/2016

International Higher Education    1/4/2017

All other programs

  1/4/2017

  Late Decision

All programs

  3/1/2017

 

  DONOVAN URBAN TEACHING SCHOLARS 

  SEUS-Eligible Programs ONLY

  12/1/2016

  All Other Programs

  1/4/2017

 

  URBAN CATHOLIC TEACHING CORPS 

  Early Decision

  12/1/2016

  Regular Decision

  1/4/2017

 

The Lynch School uses a three-phase system for master’s degree admission, which includes Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Late Decision. Details for each admission period can be found below. Please note that all required application materials must be submitted by the dates indicated in order to be considered in a specific admission period. Applications will not be considered for admission until fully complete.

  • Early Decision
    Early Decision allows applicants to apply and receive an admission decision earlier than other applicants. Applicants must agree to commit to enrolling at the Lynch School if accepted and applications to all other institutions must be withdrawn within two weeks of enrolling in The Lynch School. All applicants accepted during this round of admission are guaranteed a minimum $7,500 scholarship and are given preferential consideration for additional merit scholarship, up to a full-tuition scholarship. We strongly encourage applicants to apply during the Early Decision period only if you are 100% sure that you intend to enroll at Boston College.
  • Regular Decision
    Regular Admission is the standard application period. Applicants accepted during this round of admission are given preferential consideration for merit-based awards if funding is available, but are not guaranteed a scholarship if accepted. Applicants are not committed to enrolling at The Lynch School if accepted.

  • Late Admission
    Late Admission allows applicants to apply for admission once the regular decision period has ended, and may be offered admission if openings are available in the program of interest. Applicants accepted during this round of admission are least likely to receive an award, as merit-based scholarship will only be offered in this period if funding is still available. 

Applications submitted after these deadlines will be reviewed only if enrollment openings are available. Applicants to the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars program and the Urban Catholic Teaching Corps program will be notified of their special program admission separately from the academic program admission.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Applicants to all master’s programs must submit each item below.

  • Application Form 
    This is the first and most crucial piece of submitting a graduate application, as it determines your next steps. If you do not receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted, please re-enter your application and be sure to fully submit the form.
    APPLICATION FORM 

  • Application Fee 
    A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required. The fee can be paid online or by check or money order made payable to Boston College. The fee is waived for applicants to Boston College Fifth-Year/Early Admit Program, UCTC Program, Teach for America, The Jesuit Volunteer Corps, The McNair Scholars Program, and the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers. To receive a waiver, a fee waiver form must be submitted.
    FEE WAIVER FORM

  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application. 

    Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Data Processing Center
    P.O. Box 8027
    Portsmouth, NH 03802

    If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
  • Personal Statement
    The personal statement is an essay – approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length – that describes your academic and professional goals and any experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

  • Resume 
    In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
    -Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held); 
    -Any social justice related experience; 
    -Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and; 
    -Any research experience or publications

  • Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.

  • GRE Exam
    The GRE is required of all master’s applicants and an official test score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS); copies or reports submitted by the applicant are not acceptable. Please note that GRE score reports must be received by the application deadline and that ETS will report scores to the Office of Graduate Admission automatically within 10-15 days. Therefore, applicants should make arrangements to register for the GRE well in advance of application deadlines to ensure that score reports arrive in time. A score report from the MAT, LSAT, or GMAT may be acceptable. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid for further information about acceptable entrance exams for your particular program of interest. 

  • The Lynch School's GRE Code is 3218
    Visit the ETS website for more information, test dates, and testing sites or call ETS at 609-771-7670. Written requests for substitution of a GRE score report for another standardized exam can be made to the Office of Graduate Admissions at gsoe@bc.edu.
 

DEADLINES

View the Doctoral Student Checklist

  DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS 

  All Ph.D. Programs

  12/1/2016

  Ed.D.: PSAP Program

  2/1/2017


All doctoral programs adhere to the deadlines indicated, and all materials must be submitted by the due date. Applications that arrive after the deadline and applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be reviewed. Please note that no exceptions are made to this policy.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Applicants to all doctoral programs must submit each item below.

  • Application Form
    This is the first and most crucial piece of submitting a graduate application, as it determines your next steps. If you do not receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted, please re-enter your application and be sure to fully submit the form. 
    APPLICATION FORM 

  • Application Fee
    A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required. The fee can be paid online or by check or money order made payable to Boston College. The fee is waived for applicants to Boston College Fifth-Year/Early Admit Program, UCTC Program, Teach for America, The Jesuit Volunteer Corps, The McNair Scholars Program, and the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers. To receive a waiver, a fee waiver form must be submitted.
    FEE WAIVER FORM

  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

    Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Data Processing Center
    P.O. Box 8027
    Portsmouth, NH 03802

    If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

  • Personal Statement
    The personal statement is an essay – approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length – that describes your academic and professional goals and any experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

  • Writing Sample
    Doctoral applicants are asked to submit one piece of work that demonstrated their writing ability. This writing sample may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual or curriculum that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing. The length of the writing sample varies by program, as follows:

    -Counseling Psychology: 15 pages
    -Curriculum and Instruction: No more than 25 pages
    -Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation: 20 pages
    -Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: 15 pages
    -Higher Education: 25-30 pages

  • Resume
    In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
    -Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
    -Any social justice related experience;
    -Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
    -Any research experience or publications

  • Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation are required: at least two from academic sources (professors familiar with your academic work) and one or more from a practical or applied setting.

  • GRE Exam
    The GRE is required of all doctoral applicants (except for applicants to the PSAP program – see note below) and an official test score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS); copies or reports submitted by the applicant are not acceptable. Please note that GRE score reports must be received by the application deadline and that ETS will report scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions automatically within 10-15 days. Therefore, applicants should make arrangements to register for the GRE well in advance of application deadlines to ensure that score reports arrive in time.

    The GRE requirement is waived for applicants to our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (PSAP Program). This requirement is not waived for any other programs.

    The Lynch School's GRE Code is 3218

    Visit the ETS website for more information, test dates, and testing sites or call ETS at 609-771-7670

    Written requests for substitution of a GRE score report for another standardized exam can be made to the Office of Graduate Admissions at gsoe@bc.edu.

DEADLINES

Admissions for all C.A.E.S. programs offer rolling admissions, meaning that there is no deadline to submit an application or required materials. However, we encourage applications to be completed as soon as possible, to be sure enough time to prepare for classes, including advisement, registration and ordering textbooks.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Applicants to all C.A.E.S. programs must submit each item below.

  • Application Form
    This is the first and most crucial piece of submitting a graduate application, as it determines your next steps. If you do not receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted, please re-enter your application and be sure to fully submit the form.
    APPLICATION FORM 

  • Application Fee
    A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required. The fee can be paid online or by check or money order made payable to Boston College. The fee is waived for applicants to Boston College Fifth-Year/Early Admit Program, UCTC Program, Teach for America, The Jesuit Volunteer Corps, The McNair Scholars Program, and the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers. To receive a waiver, a fee waiver form must be submitted.
    FEE WAIVER FORM

  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education.

    Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

    Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Data Processing Center
    P.O. Box 8027
    Portsmouth, NH 03802

    If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

  • Personal Statement
    The personal statement is an essay – approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length – that describes your academic and professional goals and any experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

  • Resume
    In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
    -Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
    -Any social justice related experience;
    -Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
    -Any research experience or publications

DEADLINES

Admissions for all certificate programs offer rolling admissions, meaning that there is no deadline to submit an application or required materials. However, we encourage applications to be completed as soon as possible, to be sure enough time to prepare for classes, including advisement, registration and ordering textbooks.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Applicants to all certificate programs must submit each item below.

  • Application Form
    This is the first and most crucial piece of submitting a graduate application, as it determines your next steps. If you do not receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted, please re-enter your application and be sure to fully submit the form.
    APPLICATION FORM 

  • Application Fee
    A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required. The fee can be paid online or by check or money order made payable to Boston College. The fee is waived for applicants to Boston College Fifth-Year/Early Admit Program, UCTC Program, Teach for America, The Jesuit Volunteer Corps, The McNair Scholars Program, and the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers. To receive a waiver, a fee waiver form must be submitted.
    FEE WAIVER FORM

  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education.

    Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

    Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Data Processing Center
    P.O. Box 8027
    Portsmouth, NH 03802

    If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

  • Personal Statement
    The personal statement is an essay – approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length – that describes your academic and professional goals and any experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

  • Resume
    In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
    -Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
    -Any social justice related experience;
    -Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
    -Any research experience or publications

DEADLINES

Admissions for non-degree students has rolling admissions, meaning that there is no deadline to submit an application or required materials. However, we encourage applications to be completed as soon as possible, to be sure enough time to prepare for classes, including advisement, registration and ordering textbooks.

REQUIRED MATERIAL

Applicants for all non-degree course must submit an APPLICATION FORM If you do not receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted, please re-enter your application and be sure to fully submit the form. 


An international applicant or international student is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in The Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree program and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements and must complete the additional requirements below.

  • Transcripts
    All applicants that completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Click HERE for a complete list of NACES-approved evaluators.

    Applicants to master’s programs are required to submit all undergraduate transcripts and applicants to doctoral programs must submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, unless a master’s degree has not been completed. Please note that a master’s degree is required to apply to a doctoral program, with the exception of extenuating circumstances.

Once an official evaluation is submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission, no other transcript documents are required. Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

  • English Proficiency
    All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) is required to submit proof of English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not accepted). Below are the minimum scores required by all graduate programs in The Lynch School:

    TOEFL iBT = 100 minimum
    IELTS – 7.0 minimum

    An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL) or IELTS to the Office of Graduate Admission. The School Code for the TOEFL is 3240.

    Exemptions
    : Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency
    -Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States
    -Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the instruction was taught entirely in English

  • Conditional Acceptance
    The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin.

    If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met.

ACCEPTED INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants that are officially accepted to a graduate program in The Lynch School and who plan to matriculate in a campus-based program in the United States are required to provide confirmation of available personal finances. This is not required in order to apply to a graduate program; only applicants who have officially been accepted are required to submit this document. Once the applicant has submitted the Enrollment Response Form, the form detailed below is required to be issued a valid I-20 from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

  • Confidential Declaration of Finances
    This form verifies the student's ability to cover his/her educational and living expenses and requires the applicant to specify the amounts and sources of funds, accompanied by official documentation, such as bank letters, etc. The Lynch School will supply this form upon offer of admission and you should not submit this form until you have received an offer of admission from the Lynch School. Not all expenses can be covered by BC financial aid; therefore, students must have personal resources to support their graduate study. Please note:
    -If your spouse will be joining you in the United States you will need to add at least $4,000 to the amount you will be required to certify; if your children will be joining you, add at least $2,000 per child.
    -Students holding the Student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visas will not be authorized to work except under extraordinary circumstances; therefore, the applicant should not look to employment, either part-time during the academic year or full-time during the summer, as a means of support while at BC. Spouses who accompany students to the U.S. on the F-2 Visa are not permitted to accept any kind of employment in the U.S.

  • Visa Authorization
    Provided this documentation is in order, BC will issue a Certificate of Eligibility Form (Form I-20 for an F-1 Student Visa or a Form DS2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa) for the student's use in obtaining a Visa. The Office of International Students and Scholars offers resources for incoming international students, including information on the Visa Application Process.