BGSP is on the forefront of integrating psychoanalytic education into graduate degree programs, uniquely holding both regional accreditation and specialized accreditation in psychoanalysis. 

Regional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is the process used in this country to evaluate colleges and universities, as a whole, for quality and to assess their efforts toward continuous improvement. Regional accreditation is the primary (but not the only) mechanism by which the federal government qualifies institutions for participation in federal financial aid and other federal programs. In addition, regional accreditation often serves as the basis for transferability of academic credits.

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, including its campuses in New York and New Jersey, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited institution is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. 

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to Carol M. Panetta, Psy.D., President at BGSP. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210
Wakefield, MA 01880

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditation is a process by which specialized programs at colleges, universities, or institutes are evaluated for quality and continuous improvement in their specific field. Specialized accreditation may also sometimes be used to qualify for certain federal programs. It is more often used as a quality indicator for consumers and is sometimes required for professional credentialing.

BGSP’s Doctor of Psychoanalysis (Psya.D.) and Certificate in Psychoanalysis (Cert. Psya.) psychoanalytic training programs are accredited by the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis (ABAP, Inc.). Accreditation of a psychoanalytic training program by ABAP, Inc. indicates that the program is periodically reviewed by an evaluation team who finds that the program meets ABAP, Inc.’s Standards for Accreditation. Accreditation is not a guarantee, but provides reasonable assurance about the quality of training available to students in the program.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by ABAP, Inc. should be directed to Carol M. Panetta, Psy.D., President at BGSP. Individuals may also contact:

American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis
28 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016