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 a 48-credit hour track that 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.
In the Spring semester of 2016, the School Counseling program reviewed 68 applications for admission. Approximately 69% of these applicants were accepted into the program, and 18 of these applicants enrolled in the Masters in School Counseling program in the Fall semester of 2016. Seventeen students graduated from the Masters in School Counseling program in Spring 2017.
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
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.
National Ranking Among Top 10 Student Counseling Programs
U.S. News & World Report
Director of Graduate Admission
Associate Director of College Counseling
College Counseling Assistant
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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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.
Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in email@example.com 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
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.