Admissions and Financial Aid FAQs

Q: How much will my program cost?

A: Our tuition and fees are charged on a per-credit basis, so the cost per semester will vary depending on the number and type of courses that you choose to take.  For a breakdown of the cost of attendance by program and enrollment status, click here.

Q: What do I need to include with my application?

A: To apply to one of our degree programs, please include the following: Application form, $100 application fee, a one page personal statement of interest, two current letters of reference, two letter of reference waivers, official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and an academic writing sample.  International applicants, click here for additional information.

 Q: I would like to visit the school; how do I schedule a tour?

A: If you are interested in visiting BGSP, and would like to meet with an admissions representative, student, or faculty member, you may request an appointment here. You are also welcome to just drop by if you are in the neighborhood during our office hours. We look forward to meeting you!

 Q: I would like to study part-time. Is this possible?

A: Yes, students may choose to enroll part-time or full-time in any of our degree programs. Choosing part-time enrollment leads to a longer time to degree, but allows the student to take fewer courses each semester.

Q: Are your programs accredited?

A: The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, including the New York an New Jersey campuses, is accredited by the New England Comission of Higher Learning . For more information about our accreditation, click here.

 Q: Is your doctoral program APA accredited?

A: The American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation is the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology. Because our programs are in psychoanalysis, not in psychology, this accreditation is not relevant to our programs. The American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis (ABAP) is a national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychoanalysis. BGSP’s psychoanalytic training programs (Psya.D. and Certificate in Psychoanalysis) are accredited by ABAP.

 Q: What are my chances of being admitted?

A: We encourage all those who are interested in studying with us to apply as we make every effort to carefully review each application. Qualified applicants demonstrate their motivation and capacity to understand self and others as evidenced in their written application and admissions interviews; their readiness to undertake graduate level academic study; and their motivation to engage in emotional and intellectual learning.

 Q: I have a Bachelor’s degree. May I apply to the Doctor of Psychoanalysis program?

A: Yes. Our Doctor of Psychoanalysis program is organized into two levels, pre-candidacy and candidacy. Students without a Master’s degree will first complete either the Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis or the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling to fulfill the pre-candidacy requirements. Application to the candidacy level occurs after successful completion of the pre-candidacy level requirements and a qualifying review.

 Q: What kind of career prospects do I have with this degree?

A: Our graduates choose a variety of careers after completion of their degree. For examples and alumni profiles, click here.

 Q: My prior degree is not in psychology, or a related field. May I still apply?

A: We welcome applicants with baccalaureate and graduate degrees from all academic backgrounds. Applicants are not required to have studied psychology, psychoanalysis, or a related field prior to applying to BGSP. We provide the foundational courses in psychoanalysis and related fields as part of the required curriculum for all students in our degree programs.

 Q: Do you accept transfer credit?

A: Yes, it is possible to request equivalency for previous graduate work in psychoanalysis. Requests are evaluated on a case by case basis by the Dean of Students, and cannot be guaranteed at the time of admission.

 Q: I would like to teach at the university level. Can I do this with the PsyaD?

A: Many of our graduates do qualify to work as adjunct professors at colleges and universities. Because the PsyaD degree is not a PhD degree, it is more difficult to obtain a full-time or tenure-track faculty position at a university.

 Q: Do you have a minimum GPA or GRE score requirement?

A: Our admissions process focuses on candidates’ readiness for the deep and challenging work we do, and emphasizes individual interviews. We admit students with outstanding academic records, as well as those who may not have thrived in traditional educational settings, but possess qualities that can help them become gifted clinicians. For this reason, we have neither minimum GPA nor GRE requirements for admission.

 Q: How long should my academic writing sample be?

A: For application to most of our degree programs, the academic writing sample should be about 5-10 pages in length. You may turn in something longer, but it is not required. For applicants to the Accelerated Doctor of Psychoanalysis program, the academic writing sample should be your final capstone project from your psychoanalytic Certificate program. Due to the length
of these papers (usually more than 100 pages), you may choose to provide an electronic copy of your qualifying paper instead of a print version.

 Q: What is the average class size?

A: Classes at BGSP are small, and the average class size is 10. Small class size is one of the benefits of attending a small graduate school like BGSP, allowing for more individual attention and a richer learning experience.

 Q: How long does it take to graduate?

A: The time to degree will vary depending on the program you choose and your enrollment status. In general, the Master of Arts programs are designed to be completed in 2 years at a full-time pace, though many students choose to proceed at a slower pace to facilitate integration of course material and clinical learning. Applicants are advised to consult with the Admissions Committee, and students with their advisors, as to the best pace for them. In the Doctor of Psychoanalysis programs, students typically take a full time pace at the Master’s level (pre-candidacy level) and a part time pace at candidacy level, completing in 8 years.

 Q: Do you conduct admissions interviews?

A: Yes, following completion of the application file, applicants may be selected for interviews. Interviews take place on site, and you will be scheduled for three interviews with three of our faculty members.

Q: Do you offer scholarships?

A: We offer tuition discounts to selected first-time applicants entering the M.A. program in Mental Health Counseling or One Year Program from backgrounds in human service agencies. For more information, see Types of Aid. In addition, BGSP is authorized to offer US Title IV Federal Student loans for US citizens and eligible non-citizens. We also encourage students to seek out private grants or scholarships to help fund their education.

 Q: Can I apply for a graduate assistantship?

A: We do not offer graduate assistantships at this time.  However, we do offer a limited number of paid positions for students who have completed at least one year of study at BGSP.  Please note that we are not able to guarantee a position in a job at the time a student is accepted for admission. These positions are filled as they become available.  On average, jobs are 5-10 hours per week, and are paid by the hour.