Graduate Application Deadlines

Wheelock College's graduate programs are offered throughout the year, but many of them have specific start dates.

Our off-campus programs may start at times that do not coincide with our Boston campus semesters.

If you have questions about program start dates, our faculty and admissions staff are ready to help you find an entry date that works best for you.

For Certificate Programs start times, please call the Graduate Admissions office and speak with a counselor.

Graduate Program

Start Dates

Child Life and Family Centered Care Fall or Summer
Educational Studies Spring, Summer, or Fall
Early Childhood Education Spring, Summer, or Fall
Elementary and Special Education Spring, Summer, or Fall
Language and Literacy Spring, Summer, or Fall
Nonprofit Leadership Fall, Special Accelerated Spring Start
Social Work Fall Only
Social Work - Advanced Standing Summer Only


Priority Application Deadlines

Our priority application deadlines are guidelines designed to help students meet all admissions requirements-including the need to secure academic and field experience advising-prior to the start of their academic program. For most of our graduate programs, we will consider applications past the deadline as long as we are able.

International students are encouraged to apply at least one month prior to the priority deadlines listed below. It is common for the processing and gathering of materials to take longer for international students and we want to ensure that any and all applicants have the best chance of being considered for their desired term.


THE DATES BELOW ARE GUIDELINES. Applications WILL BE considered after the deadline as long as we are able, EXCEPT for the Child Life and MSW Advanced Standing programs, which WILL NOT accept applications after March 1.

Start of Program

Priority Application Deadline

Spring Semester (January start)

December 1*

Summer Semester (June start)

March 1*

Fall Semester (September start)

May 1*

Child Life Program (September or June start)

March 1**

MSW Advanced Standing for Boston and Worcester
(Boston Program starts in June/July. Worcester program starts in May.)

March 1**

* This date is a guideline. Applications WILL BE considered after this deadline as long as we are able, EXCEPT for the Child Life Program which WILL NOT accept applications after March 1.
** This is a firm deadline. Applications WILL NOT be considered after this date.

Applicant Notification

The Admissions Committee makes every attempt to notify applicants of a decision within four to six weeks of receipt of a complete application.

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