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. 

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.

  • Learn to critically analyze and evaluate research, programs and policies related to developmental and educational psychology
  • Learn to communicate about research and current controversies in the field through collegial discussions in courses and close collaborations with faculty
  • Learn how to apply disciplinary knowledge to real-world situations through field placements and internships

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?


Curriculum


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30
  • Comprehensive Exam

Where do our graduates work?


Boston Children's Hospital

Research Assistant

Newton Public Schools

Elementary Teacher

Up Academy

Teacher

Education Development Center (EDC)

Researcher

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 $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. Here’s why:

Application Information

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Deadlines

Regular Decision
1/6/20
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
Spring
Regular Decision
11/1/19

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

Resume

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.

Transcripts

All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. 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 gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

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

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 and Human Development. Learn about requirements for international students.

Contact Us

  gsoe@bc.edu
  617-552-4214