Current Students

Resources for Current Students


First and foremost, on behalf of colleagues and staff, I would like to welcome you to the undergraduate program at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College! You are joining an elite community of intelligent, committed, and caring professionals whose mission is to prepare you to enhance the life chances of all children and adults through academics, research, and service. We are truly proud of our community, mission, and accomplishments, among which we include your decision to join us.

Transitioning to college is simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. Here you will become autonomous, make your own decisions and choices, and discern your vocation. Here you will establish effective and appropriate academic, physical, and social routines to assure a productive college experience. Here you will explore new subjects, develop fulfilling relationships, and serve others as you come to live fully human lives. Although you are probably concerned about fitting in, succeeding academically, finding like-minded peers, getting involved in campus life, and maintaining good health, our undergraduate student services team—Campion 104—is here to support you as you negotiate these challenges in ways that assure strong intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, and effective physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Our goal is to care for you so that you may care for others.

On the following pages you will learn about the extensive opportunities and rigorous preparation that will guide you as you plan your life at Lynch. Stop by at Campion 104 to ask questions, seek help, learn about campus life, or simply talk. We are here to support you!

All the best,

Julia DeVoy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students


At the Lynch School of Education and Human Development we strive to help each student meet his or her full potential while advancing the school’s mission of enhancing the human condition, expanding the human imagination, and making the world more just through education and applied psychology.

Our small class sizes, proximity to the city of Boston, and dedication to social justice put Lynch School students in a unique position to be agents of innovative change that affect state and national policy while directly impacting the lives of children, families, and schools across the globe.

On the pages that follow you will find information to help you plan your experiences at the Lynch School.  The staff of the Graduate Office is here to support you -- we invite you to meet with us in person to discuss your plans, questions, or concerns.

I am sure you will enjoy your time here at the Lynch School and look forward to hearing about the diverse experiences of our current students.

With warmest regards,

Elizabeth Sparks, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Students

Dissertation Deadlines

Spring graduation: Defend and submit the final dissertation no later than April 1.  The final deadline for revisions by April 16.
Summer graduation:  Defend no later than June 30 and submit the final dissertation no later than August 5.
Fall graduation: Defend and submit the final dissertation no late than December 5.


Lynch School Ambassadors

Each academic program has a student ambassador, who serves as a resource for currents students. Ambassadors provide information about deadlines, program requirements, and much more. Also, they send students monthly emails about important dates and reminders specific to their program. Do you have concerns about your program or upcoming deadlines? Reach out to your ambassador today!