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Program Type Format
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 2467
The Boston College Department of Psychology offers a Masters program for graduates which runs full time for 2 years, is research focused and consists of a detailed thesis, various coursework and maintaining a supportive role from a dedicated faculty member. The program is only available to a limited number of students and those who are accepted, there are 5 areas of concentration from which candidates can apply and gain a Master of Arts in one. In addition to this, students will have the option to take part in department based disciplinary program. The Masters Program follows the same course as the first 2 years of the Ph.D. [full profile]
Masters of Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience Master's Campus
Masters of Psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience Master's Campus
Masters of Psychology - Developmental Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Psychology - Quantitative Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Psychology - Social Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in School Psychology Master's Campus
Boston University
One Silber Way, Boston, MA 2215
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences of Boston University provides an 8 course program completed over a 1 year term that grants an MA in Psychology upon graduation. This degree gives students the opportunity to pursue a career in one of the many areas of psychology and build a solid base in methods applied by psychological scientists. Through the investigation of behavioral, societal, and cognitive issues facing society, graduates will gain strength in their specialization and learn how to apply each subject to real life situations. An MA from BU allows students to gain a further understanding in the study of psychology which can be a continuation from an undergraduate field, or a stepping stone toward a doctoral degree. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
PhD in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 2138
Harvard University currently offers degree programs in psychology, designed specifically for those who intend to go on to a doctoral degree. The degree places specific emphasis on academic careers and this is why teaching is an integral part of the program. Various different research themes are on offer through Harvard University, which range from animal learning and condition to thought disorders, and from genetics and individual differences to learning and memory. As a student, you will have to complete both a first and second year project and you must complete your Ph.D. program in less than six years, before you take part in the internship. [full profile]
Master of Arts Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts Counseling Psychology with School Psychology Certification Master's Campus
Master of Arts CounselingÊPsychology with Elementary School Counselor Certification Master's Campus
Master of Arts CounselingÊPsychology with Secondary School Counselor Certification Master's Campus
Lesley University
29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2790
Lesley University offers a Master's of Arts in Counseling Psychology that projects students to great heights in their field throughout a 48-credit program created specifically with the intent to train students wishing to practice in the profession of counseling and intervention. Consultation professions aimed at both children and adults are also a possible outcome of this course, and a strong background in basic psychology provides the necessary foundation for generalists in the subject of psychology as well. Throughout the study period, students may study part-time or full time to complete course work and practical field experience. Full time students will graduate after a two year program, while part-time students may be required to continue for an extended period of time. [full profile]
Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Online
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075-1489
The Mount Holyoke College currently offers a Master of Arts in Psychology. The degree does not offer clinical training, but does have a strong focus on research, which makes it perfect for those who wish to continue their educational career in clinical training. The emphasis of the degree is on psychology and learning and also has a focus on gender psychology. As a liberal arts college, Mount Holyoke wants to serve its community and ensures students have the opportunity to play an important role within this both during and after their studies. In doing this, they offer a fully supportive learning experience. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115-5005
Northeastern University now offers a Ph.D. in Psychology program. Only a small number of people are admitted to this program each and every year, and they have very stringent requirements before they even consider a candidate. The program itself lasts for five years, with the second year leading to a Master's Degree. Not only does this program have the usual requirements of a Ph.D. program and delivers the knowledge and experience that you would expect, it also has a strong focus on developing your teaching and your research skills, should you wish to work in that particular field. [full profile]
Ph.D. in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Salem State University
352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 1970
At Salem State University, there are a variety of degrees and programs within the field of psychology available for you. At an undergraduate level, there is the BA and the Minor in Psychology. As a graduate, you can choose the MS Counseling & Psychological Services or the MS Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Additionally, they can also help you towards enrolling in a psychology internship, which is necessary for successful completion of the full degree program. In offering the two different graduate programs, Salem State University focuses both on those who want to work directly with individuals and people, and on those who want to apply psychology in the business world. [full profile]
MS Counseling & Psychological Services Master's Campus
MS Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
University of Massachusetts Amherst
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 1003
First year graduates in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will need to enroll in Psychology 640 and 641 to progress onwards, a pass grade of at least BC must be achieved. Students must then take 3 core courses which are separate from the Major specialization they are following. These courses will need to be completed within the first 2 years. Each area comes with it's own additional coursework requirements. Students cannot study at a doctoral level without first achieving a Masters Degree, completing an approved thesis and having a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0. [full profile]
Masters in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
PhD in Health Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Psychology Health PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Organizational Science PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers a unique Research Psychology program that was created specifically to prepare doctoral students for the work required of them in the psychology department. This relates to professional opportunities as well as research careers that call for a Master's Degree in Psychology. Students will be paired with well-respected members of the UMASS Dartmouth faculty for a collaborated research effort; students will also complete coursework and lab works in the close relation with professors. A low student to faculty member ratio allows for a more hands on approach to learning in the classroom than other schools are able to offer. Successful applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree and must have three letters of recommendation in order to be considered for the program. [full profile]
Masters in Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in General Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854-5104
The University of Massachusetts-Lowell offers a unique program in Autism Studies with many courses made available through online learning resources. Full-time and part-time study options are available, and on-campus courses can be catered toward the need of working students with late afternoon and evening classes. In order to complete the Master's Program in Autism Studies students will require a full course load of 42 academic credits. Although transferring credits from other areas of academics is allowed, at least 30 of the 42 completed graduate credits must be taken through UMASS Lowell, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. New students will be presented with a faculty mentor and meetings will be scheduled regularly throughout each semester to design your course load and discuss future options in the field of your choice. [full profile]
Masters in Social Community Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Autism Studies Master's Campus
Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate Campus
Certificate in Diversity in the Workplace Certificate Campus
Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention Certificate Campus
Certificate in Family Studies Certificate Campus
Master of Artsin General Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
William James College
One Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
Doctoral Program in School Psychology PsyD PhD/Doctorate Online
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science with Certification in School Psychology Master's Campus
Certification in Supervision of School Psychological Services Certificate Campus
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health Master's Campus
Masters in Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
Psy.D. (doctorate) in Leadership Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus

Psychology Education In Massachusetts

The job outlook for psychologists in Massachusetts is certainly positive. This means that choosing a psychology career could be a very good option, as there are many jobs out there. However, the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists has set a number of stringent requirements for aspiring psychologists in the state.

Before you can become licensed, you will need to complete a significant amount of education, followed by a lot of working experience. You will also need to complete a state examination. This is mainly due to the fact that, as a psychologist, you are fully responsible for the mental health of your patients. This starts at the assessment and doesn't finish until you have successfully completed a treatment program. Psychologists can also work in research, where they make significant contributions to the field on a global scale. As such, Massachusetts wants to ensure all psychologists have demonstrated that they are ready to take on this amount of responsibility and you cannot call yourself a psychologist until you have done so.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts

To become a psychologist in the Bay State, you must hold a doctorate degree in psychology. This can either be a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. There are significant differences between the two and you will notice these differences when you start to work. Hence, it is important to choose properly between these two and it may be advisable to speak to a career adviser first.

The Board of Registration of Psychologists only accepts doctorate degrees from educational establishments that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Quite a number of schools exist in the state that are accredited by the APA, some of which offer online programs as well.

Before you can take part in a doctorate program, however, you will need to complete a four year bachelor's degree. This is followed by a two year master's degree. Once this has been completed, you will need to choose between the Psy.D., which generally takes two years to complete, or the Ph.D., which will take you four years on average. The doctorate degree must be in psychology or a very closely related field, such as counseling psychology or educational psychology.

School psychologists are exempted from the doctorate rule. Their minimum level of education must be a master's degree. Additionally, they must have taken part in a 1,200 hours or more advanced practicum.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Massachusetts

Once you have completed your doctorate degree, you must also gain two years supervised work experience. No more than one of these years can be completed before graduation in an internship. The experience can be gained in any field related to psychology, such as research, assisting a psychologist or teaching.

Massachusetts Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Now that you have met all the educational and experience requirements, you can apply for license through the Board. Once they review and accept your application, you will be able to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This test is a national examination that meets all the necessary industry standards. It consists of 225 multiple choice questions and you must answer at least 70% correctly in order to pass. The topics covered include such things as assessment, different bases of behavior, intervention, diagnosis and more. The cost of this examination currently stands at $600, although this may change from year to year.

The Career of a Psychologist in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a great place to get to work as a psychologist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2014, there is significant growth in all areas of psychology. The average salary depends on the type of psychology that you practice:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average annual salary of $78,220.
• Industrial organizational psychologists earned an average of $82,590.
• All other psychologists earned an average annual salary of $80,320.

Once you get to work as a licensed psychologist, you will truly notice the difference in the degree that you have chosen. As someone with a Ph.D., you will generally work in research or education, having little to no clinical contact with patients. This is directly opposite to those with a Psy.D., who will work mainly with patients and in providing direct care.

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