Boston College

Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The APA accredited Counseling Psychology PhD program at Boston College is part of the Lynch School of Education in Chestnut Hill is committed to providing outstanding training in the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing the importance of training in a context that develops well rounded individuals. Students have access to top-notch practice opportunities in diverse mental health settings, including schools, universities, hospitals, and outpatient community mental health facilities.

Doctor students take course in a broad range of areas to fulfill basic professional training standards, including professional core, statistics and research design, psychological measurement, and psychological foundations, as well as additional practicum, dissertation, and a predoctoral internship.

The PhD program admits both students with bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees, but prerequisite courses include principles and techniques of counseling, introductory statistics, psychopathology, psychological testing, and group counseling or family therapy. Only 6 to 8 students are accepted each year, and applications must be received on or before December 1st for classes starting the following fall. The program typically requires a minimum of 5 years, but those entering without a master’s degree often take longer to complete.

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The cost of tuition for graduate school at Boston College is around $1,200 per credit hour—this amount does not include additional costs and fees, including books, student activities, or living expenses. The Lynch School of Education provides some form of academic financial support to almost 80% of its graduate students in the form of fellowships, assistantships, and partial tuition scholarships through both need-based and merit-based financial aid. Additional funding opportunities are also available through grant-funded research.


Belle Liang, PhD (email: [email protected])
Director of Training
Counseling, Developmental, and Education Psychology Department
Room 314
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-4079

Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2012)

The tuition and fee information below was obtained from the 2012 IPEDS survey and is for informational purposes only, for the offical cost of attendance please contact Boston College.

  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $23,260
  • Additional Fees: $90
  • Part-Time Graduate Per Credit Charges: $1,290

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at Boston College has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 1982.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Boston College has ranked #15 out of the 62 programs that were analyzed. The rankings are based on performance of graduates on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The EPPP is broken into eight content areas or "Rubics" which are listed below, get more information by visiting our data and ranking methodology page.

Overall EPPP Passrate: 90.91%

Content AreaPercent Correct

Biological Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 12%

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 13%

Social and Multicultural Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 12%

Growth and Lifespan Development

Percent of Exam: 12%

Assessment and Diagnosis

Percent of Exam: 14%

Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision

Percent of Exam: 14%

Research Methods and Statistics

Percent of Exam: 8%

Ethical, Legal, Professional Issues

Percent of Exam: 15%