Admissions Criteria

Students come to BGSP from all over the world and from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.

Throughout the admissions process, the admissions team endeavors to gather information about the applicant’s ability and desire to learn and thrive at BGSP.  In order to be admitted to BGSP, applicants demonstrate readiness to pursue graduate study through evidence of prior achievement, found on one’s transcripts, in one’s letters of recommendation, and in one’s writing samples.

At a minimum, applicants to the Master of Arts 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.

In addition to the application for admission, all programs require three admissions interviews:  one with the program director or a key academic administrator, and two with faculty members.

Interviews provide the opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate his or her 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.

International applicants are also evaluated for English proficiency on the basis of 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 race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, creed, or employment status in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other School-administered programs.