Suffolk’s new doctoral program allows you to study developmental psychology through a social justice lens, challenging you to apply your knowledge while working with children and youth living in Boston’s diverse populations.
This program is ideal for recent undergraduates and professionals in psychology, sociology, education, or other fields related to youth development who’d like to build more research-oriented careers. The rigorous curriculum encompasses methodological content, including experimental design and ethics, as well as cultural and social contexts, public policy, and histories and theories of human development.
Suffolk University’s campus in downtown Boston is steps away from government, community, and nonprofit agencies. Our doctoral students are perfectly placed to pursue a number of career-building research collaborations and internship opportunities in Greater Boston.
Fall Semester: We will begin reviewing applications on December, 1, 2018, with a final deadline of January 15, 2019
Students are admitted to the Applied Developmental Psychology Program to work toward the PhD degree only; the program does not offer a terminal master's degree. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Approximately 2-3 full-time students will be admitted to the program each fall. There are no spring semester admissions in this program.
Unlike other graduate programs at Suffolk, the Psychology Department does not host open-house events for prospective applicants. However, we do offer 1-2 online information sessions, organized through the Office of Graduate Admission.
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.
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 15th.
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 course work as well as discuss research and clinical opportunities.