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Admissions Criteria

BGSP’s highly individualized approach to learning and an interview-based admissions process that emphasizes character and personality attracts a distinctive pool of applicants to BGSP each year.

Because we are seeking curious minds who are passionate about the human experience, we admit students with outstanding academic records, as well as those who may not thrive in traditional educational settings, but possess qualities that can help them become gifted clinicians. Through their academic achievements, and their life experiences, suitable applicants demonstrate an appreciation for a variety of factors underlying human behavior. They demonstrate an interest in understanding what drives themselves and others around them.

Throughout the admissions process, the admissions team endeavors to gather information about the applicant’s ability and desire to learn and thrive at BGSP. At a minimum, applicants to the master’s programs are required to have earned a baccalaureate degree from an approved undergraduate institution, while applicants to the doctoral programs and the Certificate program are required to have earned a master’s degree from an approved institution or BGSP. Beyond these credentials, however, applicants demonstrate through their personal statement and interviews (when invited) their motivation to learn, capacity to understand oneself and others, academic and applied interests, and readiness to engage in studies of unconscious processes, either as a central focus of study (in the clinical programs), or as a crucial component for understanding social and cultural dynamics.

In order for BGSP to determine academic readiness for graduate level study, applicants submit transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, a statement of interest and a writing sample. For those applicants who meet the academic criteria, there will be three admissions interviews scheduled with the faculty. In addition, applicants who are interviewing are asked to write a spontaneous response to a psychoanalytic text.

International applicants are also evaluated for English proficiency based on their TOEFL or IELTS scores (required) and their performance during the admissions interview and on their writing samples. Some international students require additional training in writing in a second language. Newly accepted students are sometimes advised that this training and support will be required in order to succeed in the program, and may choose to register for additional writing support throughout the course of their studies at BGSP.

Graduates of a Master’s program at BGSP who wish to continue in the Certificate or one of the doctoral programs are required to apply to that program separately. At that time, their readiness to progress into an advanced clinical or academic program is assessed on the basis of interviews and their previous work at BGSP.

BGSP does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic status in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other School-administered programs.