Lynch School of Education and Human Development
The Lynch School offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education and applied psychology and human development.
The mission of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development is to improve the human condition through education. It pursues this goal through excellence and ethics in teaching, research, and service. It prepares undergraduate and graduate students to serve diverse populations in a variety of professional roles as teachers, administrators, human service providers, psychologists, and researchers.
Through research, the Lynch School seeks to advance knowledge in its respective fields, inform policy, and improve practice. Teachers, scholars, and learners at Lynch engage in collaborative school and community improvement efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. What unites the diverse work conducted within the Lynch School of Education and Human Development is the underlying aspiration to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just.
The Lynch School is named in honor of Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch. Peter Lynch, a Boston College graduate, is one of the country’s best-known financial investors.
Undergraduate students in the Lynch School may choose to major in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Applied Psychology and Human Development. All students entering Lynch School undergraduate programs follow a program of study in selected majors and complete Core requirements and electives needed to fulfill degree requirements.
Elementary Education majors must also complete a second major either in a content area in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences or in one of several interdisciplinary majors. Interdisciplinary majors include American Heritages, General Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Perspectives on Spanish America.
Secondary Education majors must also major in a state-approved licensure area. These areas include Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Earth Sciences, Physics, English, History, Mathematics, Latin Studies, foreign language, and Classical Humanities.
All education majors complete three pre-practicum experiences (1 day/week for 10 weeks) and one full practicum experience (5 days/week for 14 weeks) in a variety of classrooms where they mediate theory and practice to develop and provide instruction that enhances the life chances of all children. All Elementary and Secondary Education programs lead to endorsement for Initial Licensure in the state of Massachusetts. These programs may change in response to state licensure regulations. All students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass all the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), regardless of in which state students wish to teach.
Graduates from Elementary and Secondary Education programs attain positions in public, private, parochial, and charter schools, other education-related fields, and areas that require strong liberal arts, subject matter, and pedagogical preparation and the ability to collaborate with others.
The major in Applied Psychology and Human Development prepares students for work in human, social, and community services and/or for graduate study in counseling, human development, educational psychology, organizational studies, higher education, and related fields. Coursework in this major curriculum offers a theoretical base in developmental and counseling psychology with a focus on understanding psychological processes in a variety of contexts.
Students in Applied Psychology and Human Development obtain employment in educational, human service, and business settings. A practicum experience is strongly recommended and provides students with an opportunity to develop important professional skills and explore career opportunities. The 10-course major provides a strong background in the area of developmental psychology and an introduction to the field of counseling. Students choose to concentrate their upper level courses in one of three focus areas: human services, organizational studies, or community advocacy and social policy. The major is specifically designed for students who wish to work in a range of human service and community settings.
Students in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program are required to complete a minor of six courses in one discipline outside of the Lynch School, either in an interdisciplinary minor or major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences or the Carroll School of Management or in a second major or interdisciplinary major in the Lynch School. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science depending on the degree requirements of the second major.
In addition, there is a number of Fifth Year Programs available for academically superior students through which the bachelor's and the master's degrees can be earned in five years. Please refer to the section following the descriptions of majors in the Lynch School of Education for more information about these programs.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Lynch School of Education and Human Development students who are Elementary or Secondary Education majors must successfully complete 120 credits which must include the Core curriculum, the education major, and an appropriate second major. Students who are majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development must also successfully complete 120 credits, which must include the Core curriculum, the Applied Psychology and Human Development major, and at least one minor in a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences discipline or an interdisciplinary minor in the Lynch School or the Carroll School.
To continue enrollment in a full-time program of study, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.667 as the minimum standard of scholarship and must not fall more than 6 credits behind the total number of credits a student of his/her status is expected to have completed (Elementary and Secondary Education majors usually carry 15–17 credits each semester during the first three years and 30 credits during the senior year). For example, a first semester sophomore student must have completed at least 30–32 credits during the freshman year. Any student who is permitted by the Dean to continue enrollment in a full-time undergraduate program is considered to be in good standing.
Failure to maintain good standing either through a low cumulative grade point average or by incurring excessive deficiencies including failures, withdrawals, or unapproved underloads will result in placement on academic probation, possible withdrawal or dismissal, as determined by the Academic Standards Committee or the Dean.
A student on probation may return to good standing by approved methods, e.g., make-up of credits via approved summer school work, raising GPA to acceptable standards, etc. (Students may make up no more than 9 credits in summer study.) A student who incurs additional failures or withdrawals, or carries an unapproved underload while on probation, may be required to withdraw from the institution at the time of the next review.
Information for First Year Students
Although students may satisfy Core requirements (42 credits) during any of their four undergraduate years, they are advised to complete most or, if possible, all Core requirements within the first two years. The remaining 78 credits (minimum) are to be fulfilled by courses required in the major(s), minor(s), and elective choices.
All first semester, first year students should select ENGL1010 First Year Writing Seminar or a Core Literature course, APSY1030, Child Growth and Development, First Year ERA, and the course(s) designated by your major department. (Students who place out of Core courses in advance will take different courses selected in collaboration with an advisor.) Major requirements are listed in the sections that follow. If you have not declared a major and are listed as undeclared, follow the course requirements for the Applied Psychology and Human Development major.
The First Year Experience, Reflection, and Action Seminar (First Year ERA), a 3-credit course (1 credits first semester and 2 credit second semester), is also a requirement for all Lynch School students and is taken as a sixth course during first and second semesters, freshman year.
The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Development degree requires the completion of at least 120 credits, which includes the University Core. Students must achieve at least a cumulative grade point average of 1.667. Furthermore, students majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development must also complete an approved minor or second major (18 credits).
Students majoring in Elementary Education or Secondary Education must also complete 120 credits, which include the University Core and which are normally distributed over eight semesters of four academic years. Both Elementary and Secondary Education students must also fulfill a second major. Elementary Education majors may fulfill the second major in either a subject in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences or one of the five Lynch School interdisciplinary majors. Secondary Education majors can only fulfill a second major in specific content areas in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. All Teacher Education majors must complete three pre-practica, a full practicum, and an inquiry seminar. Students pursuing teacher licensure programs, however, must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 in order to be eligible to participate in the full practicum (full-time student teaching). Any student who enrolls in a pre-practicum must obtain a Massachusetts Education Personnel Identification (MEPID). Please consult the Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development for more information.
The Associate Dean or the Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Services must approve a program of study in the declared major in the Lynch School before the end of sophomore year. Students majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development or a teacher licensure program must be accepted officially into the major by the Lynch School.
Students seeking a major leading to teacher licensure must complete and submit a Declaration of Major form and an application for Admission to a Teacher Education Program to the Associate Director (Campion 104). This office reviews applications and accepts qualified applicants prior to the end of the sophomore year. Early application to the program is encouraged. Applied Psychology and Human Development majors need to complete a Declaration of Major form.
The remaining courses required for graduation include additional major courses, minor courses, and electives.
Ordinarily, credit for courses taken online is not transferable. In rare cases of extenuating circumstances, e.g., proximity to degree, certain conditions apply. If students have circumstances that might warrant an exception, they should see their Academic Dean.
Practicum Experiences Leading to Teacher Licensure
Endorsement for license is a collaborative effort between the Lynch School Director of Practicum Partnerships, the Program Supervisor, and the Supervising Practitioner. The Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development, Campion 102, approves and arranges placements for pre-practica and full-practica leading to licensure only for eligible students enrolled in programs in the Lynch School. Placement for full practicum also requires prospective teacher candidates to complete a successful interview with the Principal/Headmaster and/or potential cooperating teacher from the school in which they plan to fulfill this requirement. The Director of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development, for appropriate reasons, may choose not to approve a student for the practicum. All students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) regardless of which states students wish to teach in upon graduation.
Pre-practica and full practica are essential components and experiences of the teacher preparation curriculum in the Lynch School. Students must complete three semesters of pre-practicum placements (1 day/week/10 days) before they enter a full-time student teaching placement in Elementary and Secondary Education classrooms. A full description of student teaching policies may be found in the pre-practicum handbook available in the Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development in Campion 102.
A full practicum (student teaching) is a full-time, five-days, per week experience that occurs for a minimum of 14 weeks during the senior year. In the Lynch School, a full practicum must meet the teaching standards required by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Student teachers must demonstrate competence according to the standards outlined in the Boston College Candidate Assessment of Performance (BC-CAP).
The semester prior to completing a field placement, students must formally apply and participate in an interview in the Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development before securing a field assignment.
Subject to eligibility, students submit an online application for pre-practicum and practicum experiences. Online applications are available at the Student Teaching page.
All students seeking teacher licensure must complete the full practicum. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and successful completion of all major courses are required prior to student teaching for all students in the Elementary program. Students in Secondary Education must complete all major courses in Secondary Education and 4/5 of Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences courses prior to student teaching. No incomplete grades may be outstanding and a minimum of 87 credits must have been completed before placement is approved. A full description of student teaching policies may be found in the pre-practicum handbook available in the Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development in Campion 102. All students will be screened for eligibility and any who fail to meet the standards (academic, health, professional) will be counseled into courses that will complete an appropriate degree program from Boston College. These students will not be recommended for endorsement for teacher licensure and will not receive the BC Endorsement (a recommendation for licensure). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues teacher licenses not the endorsing university. Therefore, students who earn the BC Endorsement submit all licensing documentation directly to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students will not be allowed to overload courses while student teaching. If, for any reason, a student is unable to complete the full practicum, an extended practicum (additional time in the field) will be required by arrangement of the Director of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development.
Application deadlines for all pre-practica are May 1 for fall placements and December 1 for spring placements. Application deadlines for all full-practica are March 15 for fall placements and October 15 for spring placements. The Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development will not be able to arrange assignments for late applicants. Applications are submitted online at the Student Teaching page.
The school sites utilized for pre-practica and full-practica are located in Boston and neighboring communities. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from these facilities.
Applied Psychology Field Practica
Applied Psychology and Human Development students should visit the Applied Psychology and Human Development page for information on practicum experiences for this major and register for APSY2152 or APSY4245 in the semester during which they will complete their field practicum experience.
International and Special Practicum Placement Program for Undergraduate Studies
Lynch School students may participate in the International Programs described in the University Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.
The Lynch School's International and Special Practicum Placement Program offer opportunities for undergraduate coursework in a variety of foreign countries for pre- and full-practicum placements. International settings include classrooms in such countries as Switzerland, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Mexico. For information regarding programs and requirements, contact the Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development in Campion 102.
The Honors Program
Scholarship and academic excellence are traditions at Boston College. To meet the needs of superior students, the Lynch School offers an Honors Program. Students are admitted to the Honors Program by invitation only prior to the beginning or at the end of freshman year, based on prior academic accomplishments and other criteria.
Majors in Education
The undergraduate majors in the Lynch School, with the exception of the major in Applied Psychology and Human Development, are intended to meet the requirements for Initial Licensure as a teacher of the Massachusetts Department of Education. The Lynch School accreditation process and the Interstate Licensure Compact (ICC) facilitate licensure in other states. Licensure requirements are set by each state, however, and are subject to change. Students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass all appropriate tests of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure. All students must consult with the Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development to review the most recent licensure requirements of Massachusetts and other states.
The Lynch School offers two minors and one concentration for Education majors—Middle School Mathematics Teaching, Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings, and a Special Education Concentration. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is mandating that all teacher candidates complete a specific bilingual course. Please consult the Chair of Teacher Education, Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction or the Associate Dean of Undergraduates at LSOE for the most current information.
The concentration in Special Education is designed to prepare students to work with a diverse group of special needs learners. In light of a growing national movement for further inclusion of special needs students in regular classrooms, teachers must be able to accommodate special needs students in their classrooms. All education students are strongly urged to consider this important concentration. Detailed information on the concentration in Special Education can be found in the minors section of the Lynch School catalog and on the Lynch School website.
The minor in Middle School Mathematics Teaching is available to Elementary Education majors with a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Mathematics major or Mathematics/Computer Science interdisciplinary major, or to Secondary Education majors with a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Mathematics major. Teachers of middle school mathematics are in great need in the United States, and all eligible Lynch School students should investigate this option. For more information on the minor in Middle School Mathematics Teaching, consult the minors section of the Lynch School catalog and the Lynch School website.
The minor in Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings is open to Lynch School majors in Applied Psychology and Human Development as well as students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management, and Connell School of Nursing. This minor is limited to 15 students per class and requires a specific grade point average of 3.5, a completed application, and a 250-word rationale for pursuing this minor. See the minors section of the Lynch School catalog and the Lynch School website.
Major in Applied Psychology and Human Development
The major in Applied Psychology and Human Development consists of course offerings in developmental psychology, personality theories, educational psychology, and related fields. It provides a basic foundation for careers in social service and community settings or for graduate study in many fields of psychology, including counseling, developmental or educational psychology, organizational studies, business, and social work. This major prepares students for entry-level employment as support personnel in offices of senior professional psychologists and counselors and in settings such as child/adult residential or day care facilities and alternative educational, community, or business settings. Ten courses or a minimum of 30 credits are required for the major.
The Applied Psychology and Human Development major requires five specified courses and five additional courses selected from one of the following concentrations: Human Services, Organization Studies, and Community, Advocacy and Social Policy. Each concentration includes 2–3 specified courses and/or 2–3 electives.
Learning outcomes for Applied Psychology and Human Development majors include:
- Outcome 1: Understand the processes of human development and learning from infancy into late adolescence or the transition to adulthood.
- Outcome 2: Understand how social and cultural contexts shape developmental and educational processes.
- Outcome 3: Understand how contemporary social problems affect children, families, and communities.
- Outcome 4: Use foundational theories of applied psychology and human development to analyze educational and other real-world settings.
- Outcome 5: Articulate a researchable theoretical argument and apply appropriate research techniques to empirical analysis.
- Outcome 6: Articulate their personal core values and beliefs, how these are informed by critical engagement with theoretical and empirical knowledge in applied psychology and human development, and how these inform their relationships with their families and communities.
- Outcome 7: Develop a specialized understanding of 1 of 3 areas:
- Human Services: Basic knowledge of psychosocial challenges to normal development and of a range of individual and community-level strategies to prevent mental illness and enhance psychosocial well-being and mental health;
- Organizational Studies—Human Resources: Basic knowledge of organizational behavior theories, their applications in human resource management, and the contributions of applied psychology in these contexts.
- Community, Advocacy and Social Policy: Basic knowledge of theories of community psychology and the applications of psychological knowledge to advocacy and social policy for and with children, youth and their families and communities.
The Applied Psychology and Human Development major does not provide for state licensure as a classroom teacher.
Students who are pursuing Applied Psychology and Human Development as their primary major within the Lynch School, regardless of class year, are required to complete coursework in one of the following:
- A minor of 18 credits in a single subject discipline in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, in Management and Leadership in the Carroll School of Management, in Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings in the Lynch School, or in other specific interdisciplinary minors. Please note: the minor in Management and Leadership is limited to 15 students per class and requires a specific grade point average, rationale, and application.
- A major or an interdisciplinary minor (e.g., African and African Diaspora Studies, Women's and Gender Studies) in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences; or
- A second major or interdisciplinary major in the Lynch School.
The minimum number of credits acceptable for most minors is 18, which may include applicable Core courses. The concentration in Special Education (which does not satisfy the required minor for students in Applied Psychology and Human Development), however, requires only 12 credits. This is an excellent option as a second area of concentration for Applied Psychology and Human Development majors interested in special needs settings. The minor in Management and Leadership, offered in collaboration with the Carroll School of Management, is another excellent option for students planning to work in business or industry. The Lynch School also offers an interdisciplinary minor in Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings. Students who have a second major automatically fulfill the minor requirement. Approved areas of study for both majors and minors are listed under the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, with acceptable interdisciplinary majors listed above.
Additional detailed information for Applied Psychology and Human Development majors is available on Applied Psychology and Human Development page. There is a link at the bottom of this page for details about course requirements. There are also links from this page to a list of faculty who teach in the program, field practicum courses, supporting fields of study, and study abroad opportunities, as well as information about future career choices. It is strongly recommended that all students pursue a field practicum course which includes ten hours a week of volunteer work in community, business, or human service agencies or programs, and a weekly seminar. Links to existing sites are available on the web and can be discussed with the Coordinator of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Program or the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students.
Second Majors and Interdisciplinary Majors for Lynch School Students
All students in the Lynch School pursuing an Education major leading to licensure are required to complete a second major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences or an interdisciplinary major as outlined below. Applied Psychology and Human Development majors are also required to carry a minor of 18 credits in a single subject discipline in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, a major or an interdisciplinary minor in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, or a second major or interdisciplinary major in the Lynch School. Acceptable interdisciplinary majors are listed below.
Lynch School Majors
Interdisciplinary majors are based in two or more Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences disciplines that are relevant to teaching in elementary school settings. Each of these majors is available to students in the Lynch School pursuing Elementary Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. Students should consult their advisors regarding the specific courses required for these interdisciplinary majors.
Note: Secondary Education students cannot become licensed to teach in any of these interdisciplinary areas. Secondary licensure requires a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences major in one of the specific subject disciplines listed under the description of Secondary Education requirements.
Applied Psychology and Human Development majors may choose a second major or one of the interdisciplinary majors listed below in place of their Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences minor requirement.
Recommended for students who are interested in the American heritage from literary and historical perspectives. Two tracks are available for students pursuing this major, a cultural track with emphasis in the literary perspective, and a social science track for students interested in historical and sociological perspectives.
Designed for students seeking a broad and general background in science to help them teach in an elementary or special education setting. Nine courses are required from four science departments—Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geosciences).
This major is recommended for students who have had four years of high school mathematics and wish to specialize in the area of mathematics and computer science but who are not interested in the traditional Mathematics major because of their intended career objective as elementary, early childhood, or special needs educators. Many students who complete this interdisciplinary major in conjunction with Applied Psychology and Human Development or Elementary Education go on to acquire licensure to teach mathematics at the secondary level by fulfilling master’s degree requirements in Secondary Education through the Fifth Year Program.
Perspectives on Spanish America
Recommended for students who may have had at least two years of high school Spanish and wish to develop Spanish language skills, this minor coupled with a background in the historical, sociological, and literary traditions of Hispanic cultures.
Minors or Concentrations for Lynch School Students
Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings Minor
This 18-credit minor is designed for students who may have an interest in institutions of higher education, in local and international non-government organizations (NGOs) and/or in community-based organizations and programs.
Middle School Mathematics Teaching Minor
A minor in Middle School Mathematics Teaching is available to undergraduates who are either: Elementary Education majors (with an MCAS Mathematics major OR a Mathematics/Computer Science Interdisciplinary major) OR Secondary Education majors (with an MCAS Mathematics major). While the minor does not lead directly to middle school mathematics certification at Boston College (we do not offer middle school certification), it does fulfill the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics requirements for middle school teachers of mathematics. With this minor, acquiring middle school mathematics certification in Massachusetts should not be difficult.
Special Education Concentration
The Special Education Concentration is available to Lynch School of Education and Human Development students only. This includes students majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Applied Psychology and Human Development who have an interest in special needs education.
Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate
The Lynch School of Education at Boston College offers a certificate program in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL). Candidates should be working toward a licensure in an education field (early childhood, elementary, secondary, reading, etc.). This program is designed to prepare mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners/English Language Learners in their mainstream classroom settings. The certificate requires two courses and completion of a field experience in a classroom that includes bilingual learners.
Minors in the Carroll School of Management for Lynch School of Education and Human Development Students
There are six minors offered to non-management students: Accounting for CPAs, Accounting for Finance and Consulting, Finance, Management and Leadership, Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good, and, Marketing. Interested students should visit www.bc.edu/csom-minors for more information.
Minors in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences for Lynch School of Education and Human Development Students
In addition to a multitude of MCAS department and interdisciplinary minors, open to the Lynch School undergraduates, students may also declare the following minors that were created for Lynch School students by visiting Campion Hall 104:
Educational Theatre Minor
This minor provides drama education and theatre training to LSOE students who hope to include theater as a subject they teach and practice in school settings and/or who want to use creative dramatics and applied theatre techniques as teaching tools in other institutional settings.
This 18-credit minor introduces students to the field of Communications. Students enroll in four required courses and two electives.
Minors in the Lynch School for Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management, and Connell School of Nursing Students
Applied Psychology and Human Development Minor
This 18-credit minor may interest students who wish to (1) deepen their knowledge of human behavior in the areas of psychology, human development, and learning sciences in preparation for a career in fields such as human capital, consulting, research, consumer behavior, organizational studies, client relations, recruitment, marketing, advertising, counseling, public health, social, community and political advocacy, among others; (2) gain specialized knowledge in certain specific areas of human development and wellness: for example, counseling, training, personal assessment, family crisis assistance, substance abuse interventions, and child/aging/elderly care; or (3) prepare for employment in a government or private sector organizations.
Foundation in Education Minor
This 18-credit minor introduces students to courses in the fields of applied psychology and teacher education.
Inclusive Education Minor
This 18-credit minor is designed to (1) introduce students to the world of disabilities and special education, with an emphasis on special education practice, and (2) enhance the ability of future professionals to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students in America’s schools.
Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings Minor
This 18-credit minor is designed for students who may have an interest in institutions of higher education, in local and international non-government organizations (NGOs) and/or in community-based organizations and programs.
Declaration of Minor Process
To declare any of the minors listed above students should complete a Declaration of Minor form in Campion Hall 104.
Secondary Education Minor
This minor is open to Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences students who major in one of the following disciplines: English, Mathematics, History, Latin, Classical Humanities, Foreign Language, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, and who plan to pursue licensure to teach in high school. The minor is also open to CSOM or CSON students who would like to explore options for pursuing licensure to teach in high school.
Declaration of Minor Process
All interested MCAS, CSOM and CSON students interested in the Secondary Education Minor should make an appointment in Campion 104. This minor requires early planning, an interview, an application and a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
For information regarding graduation, visit the Graduation section of Undergraduate Academic Policies.
This includes information on policies regarding such topics as:
- Advanced Standing
The University awards degrees in May, August, and December of each year, although commencement ceremonies are held only in May.