Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Leadership Psychology
- 98 credit PsyD earned over 4 years with 30 credits applied from a master’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Semester format running 2 courses each semester for 15 weeks plus one summer session.
- 600 hours of practicum and 300 hours of internship required
- Graduate portfolio and doctoral project
- Three residencies in total. With two 4-day residencies held annually in the fall and spring in Boston, MA:
- 2015-16 Fall Residency, November 4-7, 2015; Spring Residency, March 16-19, 2016
- 2016-17 Fall Residency, November 2-5, 2016; Spring Residency, March 15-18, 2017
- 2017-18 Fall Residency, November 1-4, 2017; Spring Residency, March 14-17, 2018
- One 3-day summer residency. Dates TBA
- First Year Entering Class attend a mandatory residency the week before classes start in fall or spring.
- Students may begin the program in January or late August each year. Click here to view the academic calendar for our semester schedule.
Overview of Curriculum
(starting Fall 2017)
I. Foundational Courses (
First year students are required to take these course before moving on to Theories of Practice Courses.
- CP600 Orientation Residency (no credit)
- The Psychology of Leadership and Followership (3 credits)
- Leadership, Use of Self, and Multicultural Competence (3 credits)
- Ethics and Standards of Organizational Practice (3 credits)
- The Psychology of Human Systems (3 credits)
II. Theories of Organizational Practice
Doctoral students complete these required course in years 2-4.
- The Neuroscience of Leadership (3 credits)
- Organizational Assessment, Development and Change (3 credits)
- International Organizational Structures, Theory and Leadership (3 credits)
- Group Development for Leaders (3 credits)
- Advanced Intervention and Consultation Skills (3 credits)
- Leadership and and Resistance to Change (3 credits)
- Advanced Integration: Self and System (3 credits)
III. Assessment Courses
Students complete these required assessment courses in years 1-3.
- Quantitative Methods 1: Organizational Assessment (3 credits)
- Qualitative Methods of Naturalistic Inquiry (3 credits)
- Quantitative Methods 2: Research (3 credits)
IV. Electives* – Practice and Intervention
Courses in the emphasis are can be taken as electives by all students. Students committed to an area of emphasis can only take 2 credits of electives. Students NOT committed to areas of emphasis need to take 8 credits of electives.
*Electives offered if class size is 6 or more.
- Interpersonal Conflict and Negotiation (2 credits)
- Process Consultation and Facilitation Skills (2 credits)
- 21st Century Leadership (3 credits)
- Addiction and Business Leaders (3 credits)
- The Psychology of Adult Development and Learning (3 credits)
- Creative Change and Transformational Leadership (3 credits)
- Strategic Human Resources and Talent Management (3 credits)
- Area of emphasis courses in V.
V. Area of Emphasis
There is demand for learning how to lead, develop and consult to those leading Non Profits and NGO’s. This area of emphasis focuses on the unique systems dynamics, political environmental challenges to those leading in this space. Students taking this area of emphasis will also do practicum and internship hours at a Non Profit or NGO. Their Doctoral Projects will be on topics related to the emphasis.
Leading Non Profits and NGOs Emphasis
Required to take 2 out of the following 3:
- Leading Non Profits and NGOs (3 credits)
- Promoting Resilience in Communities After Trauma (3 credtis)
- Cultural Immersion (Haiti, Kenya, Guatemala) (3 credits)
VI. Advanced Leadership Seminar (
Students take the Advanced Leadership Seminar at the start of their second year in the program. Leadership seminars are held via webinar at a mutually agreed upon time one hour a week or two hours ever other week for the semester. They are designed to support the student in their practicum and doctoral project work by exploring diverse perspectives and models of consultation, diagnosis and intervention.
- Year 2: Advanced Leadership Seminar 1 (2 semesters, 1 credit per semester, 2 credits total) Topics: role comfort, self-awareness, contracting, consulting skills, ethics.
- Year 3: Advanced Leadership Seminar 2 (2 semesters, 1 credit per semester, 2 credits total) Topics: Diagnosis, assessment and intervention from multiple perspectives, ethics.
- Year 4: Advanced Leadership Seminar 3 (2 semesters, 1 credit per semester, 2 credits total) Topics: Intervention, evaluation, and their own leadership/practice model building.
VII. Practicum and Internship
Hands on work in the field is the cornerstone of a William James College education. Leadership Psychology students will complete a total of 900 hours of field work by the time they graduate. This hands on work experience with organizational clients is supported by the Advanced Leadership Seminar instructors who are experience organizational practitioners. This work experience ensures are graduates are able to apply what they learn and fully embody the professional role their degree affords them.
Required: 900 total hours (150 hours per credit)
- Year 2: Practicum I (1 credit per semester for 2 semesters 2 credits total)
- Year 3: Practicum II (1 credit per semester for 2 semesters 2 credits total)
- Year 4: Internship (1 credit per semester for 2 semesters 2 credits total)
VII. Doctoral Project
Students are required to take the doctoral sequence of three courses that culminates in their doctoral project thesis. DP I-III sequence (6 credits total for 3 consecutive semesters, respectively)
- Doctoral Project I (1 credit)
- Doctoral Project II (2 credits)
- Doctoral Project III (3 credits)