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Psychology, MA

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Department: Psychology 

The Department of Psychology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in psychology. This program, which prepares the student to sit for the examination for licensure as a mental health counselor in Massachusetts, equips students to help individuals who may have a variety of behavioral, cognitive and emotional challenges. It may also serve as a steppingstone to further graduate training (PhD or PsyD).

The Master of Arts degree in psychology is a clinical program with a curriculum designed to provide a firm foundation in the understanding of human behavior and  clinical disorders, as well as specific skills in psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Research methods and statistics are emphasized as essential tools for clinical professionals – e.g., in performing clinical outcome studies and program evaluations, and in staying current with the  empirical literature. Students are exposed to a range of empirically supported therapeutic methods. Experiential learning is an essential component of the program, with 15 credits of practica and internships required.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE General test scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in either psychology or a closely related field
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, above-average GRE scores and some experience in the field
  • Final candidates will also receive a personal interview from the Admissions Committee

Grade Requirement

Students in the MA in Psychology must achieve a grade of “B-” or better in any courses taken which will be credited toward the degree. Students may repeat only one graduate course for which they have received a grade of less than a “B-“.

Program of Study

Students must complete a minimum of 60 approved graduate credits for the Master of Arts degree in psychology. Students must complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) before graduation.

All students will complete a minimum 45-credit academic core and 15-credit clinical core (including practicum and internship).

Academic core (30 credits)

Additional course requirements (12 credits)

The following courses may be taken at any time, assuming any prerequisites have been met.

Seminar and research (3-4 credits)

Complete one course, selected from the following:

Clinical core (15 credits)

All students must complete 100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship.

Exit requirement

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required. Please see the Graduate Academic Policies  section of this catalog for additional information.


Only 500-level courses will be accepted for credit in the MA program in psychology.
Degree-seeking students may not transfer any second year courses into the program.
Under current guidelines established by the commonwealth, students completing the program of study in psychology will be eligible (after completing the required number of postgraduate supervised clinical hours) to sit for the examination for licensure as a mental health counselor in Massachusetts.

Total minimum credits: 60

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