PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology
Thanks to Suffolk’s ideal location in downtown Boston, doctoral students will have ample opportunities to apply their social justice–oriented education while working with the city’s diverse populations.
This program encourages recent undergraduates and professionals in psychology, sociology, education, or other fields related to youth development who’d like to build more research-oriented careers to apply.
Starting in fall 2019, Suffolk University's doctoral programs will be fully funded. In addition, the department offers stipends for independent teaching and research pursuant to your degree.
Faculty Accepting Students in the Applied Developmental Psychology Program
- Dr. Miriam Arbeit
- Dr. Rosemarie DiBiase
- Dr. Amy Marks
- Completed online application
- $50 Application Fee
- Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
- Goal Statement (essay)
- Two Letters of Recommendation (learn more)
- Official GRE Scores
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)
Students wishing to apply for admission must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must complete the Suffolk University Graduate Admission Application Form. All applicants should use the online application.
All PhD applicants will also need to submit the Psychology PhD Supplemental Form. This form is available as a Word document and is accessible via the online application.
Official transcripts of all post-secondary work should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission, 73 Tremont Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.
Students must submit official scores on the general aptitude (verbal, quantitative, and analytic or analytical writing) sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); the advanced psychology subject test is not required, but is recommended for applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree in psychology. The Suffolk University GRE code is 3771. There is no separate GRE code for the Psychology Department; please use 3771 to code all scores.
NOTE: Students who score less than the 50th percentile on either the GRE verbal or the GRE quantitative sections have little chance of admission in the absence of compelling compensating factors. In addition, a GRE writing score of 4.0 or higher is typically a prerequisite for admission. In addition, most of our admitted applicants carry a psychology GPA of at least 3.5.
Special attention should be paid to the personal statement, which should include all relevant background experience (in both research and applied settings), academic interests, professional goals, and potential mentors. Applicants should specifically identify and describe those portions of their experience and professional goals that they believe make them well-suited to this program and the faculty with whom they would like to work. In addition, the program is dedicated to training applied developmental psychologists who will have competency working with diverse populations from a social justice orientation. We encourage applicants to address any interest and/or experiences they have with regard to this criteria.
Recommendations can be submitted electronically through the online application process or directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Suffolk University (please see the application for more details). The recommender should use institutional letterhead when available. Recommendation letters will not be accepted from any third-party agencies. Recommenders should include their full name, title, and a phone number where we can contact them if necessary. Applicants' first and last names should be included in the letter.
Applicants invited to interview weekend are required to interview with two different faculty members. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend interview weekend in person. If circumstances preclude in person attendance at interview weekend, the department will attempt to schedule Skype interviews but this is not guaranteed. Interview Weekend 2019 will be held Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2.
Applicants should have completed a minimum of five courses in psychology, preferably including courses in both statistics and research methods. Though not required, the program values the additional evidence of maturity, competence, and capacity for responsibility that comes from a broad range of work and life experiences. Thus, many students admitted to the program have engaged, after college, in both supervised psychological research and some type of supervised work in an applied setting.
Please note that while sealed materials (transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.) will be accepted with application materials, they must remain unopened. This method is strongly encouraged. These materials can certainly be sent directly to Suffolk University; however, it does create the potential for your credentials to be lost in the mail or otherwise not collected into your application package. The occurrence of this is rare, but it does happen, and may delay your application materials from being received by the deadline.
International applicants must submit successful completion of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic.
Final admission decisions will be made by April 15.
Upon acceptance, each student will be assigned a program advisor. This advisor will guide the student over the course of his or her graduate education, helping to plan coursework as well as discuss research and clinical opportunities.