Current Graduate Students

Current Lynch School Graduate Students

Resources for Current Graduate Students

Academic Forms

Please submit all paperwork to the Grad Office electronically via the Forms Submission Link.

Please refer to the Programs of Study page for individual program forms.

Any questions regarding forms should be directed to the Grad Office (

Graduate Student Policies

Doctoral Candidacy & Dissertation Policies

Doctoral students are not formally admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree until they have been notified by the Lynch School that they have successfully completed their coursework and passed their comprehensive examination. Students must be doctoral candidates to present a doctoral dissertation proposal. This proposal must be approved by the Dissertation Committee and the Institutional Research Board (Human Subjects Review Committee) before a student can collect data for their dissertation research.

Non-Degree Policies

Students not seeking a degree, but interested in pursuing course work at the graduate level, may apply for admission as a non degree student. Many individuals choose non degree student status either to explore the seriousness of their interest in studying for an advanced degree and/or to strengthen their credentials for possible later application for degree status. Others are interested in taking graduate course work for personal enrichment or professional development. Please note, non-degree students are not eligible for any form of financial aid. You must be enrolled in a degree program to apply or be considered for aid.

Fifth-Year & Early Admit Policies

Fifth-Year & Early Admission Programs offer academically outstanding Boston College juniors a unique opportunity to begin graduate study during their undergraduate senior year, allowing them to graduate with a bachelor’s and master's degree in a shortened amount of time. 

Please visit the Admissions page for more information on how to apply and a full list of Fifth Year and Early Admit programs.

Graduate Support & Resources

The Graduate Student Services team at the Lynch School is located in Campion 135. We serve as the support center for the educational, social, cultural, and community life of Lynch School of Education and Human Development graduate students.

Our staff provides a seamless experience from enrollment through graduation and assists students in every aspect of their graduate school experience while studying at Boston College.

We provide services for students including:

  • general advising on course selection
  • assistance with completing Program of Study forms
  • coordinating comprehensive examinations for all programs
  • conducting final clearance for graduation
  • maintaining student records

For more information on our team and the support we provide, please visit our Graduate Advising Site. You’ll find general information for support and resources in the dropdowns below.


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