We prepare students to be innovative, reflective, and effective leaders in their fields who make a difference through education and applied psychology. The Lynch School houses four departments offering a range of high-quality professional preparation programs including 13 master’s programs, six doctoral programs, and five dual-degree programs. Theory, research, and practice are integrated across these programs, which leverage the robust practicum opportunities available in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and universities in the Boston metropolitan area. Lynch School alumni, who are highly regarded in their fields, continue to make research matter, shape policy, promote collaboration, and expand social justice worldwide.

Making Research Matter

We conduct and disseminate innovative, collaborative, and rigorous research that is grounded in social justice and informs solutions to complex problems. Our nationally and internationally recognized community of scholar-practitioners conducts pioneering research that extends from the Boston area to national and global arenas on some of the most pressing issues of our day. Hallmarks of the Lynch School’s research enterprise include collaborations across departments and specialties as well as engagement of undergraduate and graduate students and alumni in this research. The Lynch School is the home to seven internationally renowned research centers and four journals.


We advance the Lynch School’s international reach and influence with rigorous scholarship, collaborations, professional preparation, and strategic initiatives, focused on emerging global educational trends and fair and sustainable human development. Students collaborate with faculty across the Lynch School’s seven research centers, including the TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center, which conducts comparative studies on math, science, and reading achievement in more than 60 countries, the Center for International Human Rights and International Justice, and the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE).


We influence the creation, implementation, evaluation, and discussion of education and social policy across local, national, and international arenas. Faculty and students disseminate their research in public and media forums and participate in congressional briefings and committees to ensure that policies are informed by the best available evidence. We prepare students to apply their professional knowledge and skills in policy settings and to understand the social and political contexts of their professions. The Lynch School also partners with Boston College Law School to offer three dual-degree programs that equip graduates with knowledge that is particularly relevant to policy engagement.


We foster professional talent, relevant research, and social policies to affirm diversity and reduce disparities in educational outcomes and the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Lynch School focuses on expanding social justice—a hallmark of our programs and the work of our students and faculty. The annual Diversity Challenge conference, run by the Lynch School’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, convenes experts from across the nation to discuss racial and cultural issues. The annual Nelson Chair Colloquium and Roundtable bring together nationally and internationally prominent leaders of community programs to network ideas for furthering social justice.


We nurture University-community partnerships that effectively link inquiry to action. We work with local agencies, programs, research centers, and schools to provide students with ample opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-world experience in a variety of environments and cultural settings. As members of the Lynch School’s collaborative community, students work directly with leading scholars and researchers. The Lynch School also offers professional development, mentoring, and other resources to our graduates to help them thrive in their careers and professional endeavors.