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. 

For international students, Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology is a STEM designated program by the Department of Homeland Security. Learn more on the International Applicants page

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 $7.5 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.

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 5 required courses and 5 electives, which allow students to create individualized programs tailored to their interests and career goals. Total of 30 credits. 

How long will it take?

The program is flexible, allowing students to matriculate full-time and complete the program in 1 to 2 years, or to attend part-time, completing their degree 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?

Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7418 

Applied Child Development

This course will address cognitive, language, social, and emotional development in infants, preschoolers, and elementary school age children with a special emphasis on applying developmental science to public policy and professional practice with children and families.

APSY 7419

Applied Adolescent Development

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the theoretical and empirical knowledge base concerning adolescent development. In particular, four broad areas will be considered: (1) psychological, biological, and cognitive transitions; (2) central developmental tasks of adolescence; (3) primary contextual influences; and (4) prevalent types of problematic functioning that emerge during adolescence.

APSY 7617

Learning and Cognition

Discusses theories of learning and cognitive development, explores roles of biology and environment, and examines different interpretations of environment. Discusses whether learning and cognitive development are similar or different processes.

APSY 7470  Advanced Practicum: Applied Psychology

Students meet once a week to discuss their required field work (8-10 hours per week) and to relate their field work to psychological theories, research, and applications. Readings and discussion contribute to critical analyses of how social issues and social problems are situated differently due to gender, race, social class, and diversities of language, ability, sexuality, etc. Participants will explore strategies for translating this knowledge and experience into resources that enable them to identify future career options.


Where do our graduates work?




Research Assistant


Elementary Teacher 









Research Technician 


College Counselor 


Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ADEP MA Program

Application Information


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Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
Regular Decision

Application Form

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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

Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.


Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.


Transcripts must be mailed to the following 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

Standardized Tests

For all Boston College students and alumni
If you received any type of degree from Boston College, or if you are a current Boston College student, the GRE is not required.

For all other applicants
If you did not receive a degree from Boston College or if you are not a current Boston College student, the GRE is required.

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. Learn about requirements for international students.