Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

The Master's program in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (ADEP) at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development is designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of children and youth, as well as the influence of families, schools, and communities on development. It is ideal for individuals who are interested in making meaningful differences in children's lives through education, advocacy, research, policy, or direct services.

Students work closely with faculty mentors to create an individualized program that addresses their specific areas of interest and career goals.  Our program provides opportunities to complete internships, collaborate on research, and engage informally with faculty in ways that enable students to better integrate theory and practice.  As part of their Master's studies, students also may elect to complete a certificate in one of our 5 areas of specialization:  Positive Youth Development, Child and Family Mental Health, Human Rights and International Justice, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Early Childhood Leadership. 

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program is an equal mix of core courses and electives which allow students to create individualized programs tailored to their interests and career goals.
The program consists of 10 courses and 30 credits. 

How long will it take?

Full-time students complete the program in 1 to 2 years.
Part-time students complete their program in 2 or more years. 

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30
  • Comprehensive Exam

Where do our graduates work?

Boston Children's Hospital

Research Assistant

Newton Public Schools

Elementary Teacher

Up Academy


Education Development Center (EDC)


Boston University

Research Technician

Choate Rosemary Hall

College Counselor

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ADEP MA Program.

Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 

Application Information


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Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
Until 6/1
Intl. Applicants
Until 6/1
Regular Decision
Regular Decision

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To be eligible for the doctoral program, applicants must already hold a master's degree.

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Three letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

  • Course titles and grades for each course
  • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
  • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
    • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

  • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants. If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Learn about requirements for international students.

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