The School Counseling program at Boston College prepares professional school counselors to work in elementary and secondary schools within a diverse and ever-changing society. The program has educated hundreds of well-trained, licensed school counselors to become leaders, advocates, and change agents who utilize evidence-based practices to remove barriers to learning and to promote positive development for all children and adolescents.
Consistent with the national model of school counseling put forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), our program trains students to take a “whole child” approach to their work by considering both the in-school and out-of-school factors that promote student thriving. Emphasis is placed on helping students to understand the ways in which multiple systems (e.g., families, schools, and communities) interact to promote thriving and achievement among children and adolescents representing diverse cultures, racial/ethnic groups, social classes, abilities/disabilities, and sexual orientations. Through coursework and practicum training, students learn how to utilize a range of interventions with youth and families as well as how to build collaborative partnerships within each of these systems.
The School Counseling program is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and that meets current Massachusetts requirements for initial licensure as a school counselor at the PreK-8 and/or the 5-12 grade levels. The M.A. in School Counseling is also accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of March, 2017 through March, 2027.
To demonstrate foundational training in, and foster identification with, the field of psychology generally, and counseling and school counseling, specifically
To train students to become competent as practitioners, and knowledgeable of the ways in which science influences practice and how practice can inform scientific investigation
The Counseling Psychology program at Boston College is accredited by the MPCAC. As part of this accreditation, the program is required to disclose specific educational/training outcomes and other information to prospective doctoral students.
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This program consists of 16 courses for a total of 48 credits.
Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years.
Part time students can take 3-5 years to complete the program.
Students ideally begin the program in the fall, but may start in the winter.
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Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the CDEP Department.
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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.
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To be eligible for the doctoral program, applicants must already hold a master's degree.
A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.
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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.
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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.
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:
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Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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.