Admission Policies

William James College considers applicants for admission on the basis of individual merit and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. For more information, refer to the William James College Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation in the WJC Graduate Student Handbook and WJC Undergraduate Handbook.

Admission Requirements

All applicants to any graduate program at William James College must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited US institution, or its equivalent, by the start date of enrollment. All applicants must submit official translations of all non-US transcripts (please refer to the online application for additional instructions). Completion of an online application, submission of all required supporting documents, and an interview are required. For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL combined score (no more than two years old) of at least 637 (paper-based test), 270 (computer-based test) or 110 (internet-based test) is preferred.

Applicants to the BS in Psychology & Human Services must have completed 60 undergraduate credits from a regionally accredited US institution, or its equivalent, by the start date of enrollment. Completion of an online application and submission of an official transcript from all previously attended colleges are required. Additional information regarding transfer of credit for BS degree candidates with fewer than 60 credits can be found in the Undergraduate Student Handbook

Please refer to the specific requirements and application deadline for your program of interest.


If you have been offered admission to William James College but wish to start at a later date, you may request a deferral of your application for up to one full year from your original application term (e.g., from Fall 2023 to Fall 2024). You may only request a deferral for the same program to which you originally applied. If you wish to enter a different program, you must complete a new application.

Non-degree Status

Graduate non-degree status allows students to pursue personal or professional goals by taking graduate courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program. Admission to graduate non-degree status and successful completion of non-degree coursework neither indicates nor assures subsequent admission to a certificate or degree program, nor does it qualify a student for financial aid.

Transfer of Credits

No more than 20 percent of the total credits comprising a student's degree program may be satisfied through transfer credit; however, various degree programs may establish policies that further limit the acceptability and application of transfer credit. Transfer of highly equivalent graduate coursework at other institutions may be accepted with faculty approval. The determination of coursework equivalence is made by the program director, in consultation with faculty members. Please refer to specific policies for your program of interest on the Transfer of Credits page of that program.