For many of the programs, information about beginning your field placement site search is sent to you from the Office of Field Education within one week of paying your initial deposit. For the MA/CAGS in School Psychology Program, the Director of the Program, Dr. Bob Lichtenstein, will contact you directly.
For Organizational and Leadership Psychology
Department programs, students can begin setting up their field work as
soon as they have made their first payment and are enrolled. They can do
this by reaching out to Dr. Kathryn Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Associate Director of Field Education for MAOP/ OLP. The FP course
officially starts after fundamentals week and will be an online course.
For students not familiar with the Greater Boston Area, choosing a location can be difficult. We recommend reading The Guide to Boston and consulting with your advisor about locations that best fit your needs and interests.
Please see our Housing Website for a comprehensive list of online housing resources.
Please also log in to MyCampus, mycampus.mspp.edu and search the Housing message board under Community Bulletin Board.
The first, and best place to look for roommates who also attend William James College is the Community Bulletin Board on MyCampus, mycampus.mspp.edu. You can seek housing with a fellow student or offer a housing opportunity.
For non William James College housing options, boston.craigslist.org is a good resource.
William James College does not have a dining hall. However, Plates Café is located on the ground floor of the building and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-3:00 pm. Each floor is also equipped with state-of-the-art refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, and sinks that are open to the entire William James College community if you choose to bring food with you from home. There is also free coffee and tea available in the kitchens at all times.
For PsyD and Masters students on campus, the library coordinates with an independent bookseller. At the start of each semester representatives from the bookseller come to campus for the first week of classes and sell the textbooks assigned by the faculty. Students may choose to use this seller or find and buy their books online.
For Distance Education students we have an alternative service. Instructions will be provided for ordering your required texts for shipment to your location.
For additional questions, please contact Matt Kramer, Librarian, at email@example.com.
William James College is located at One Wells Ave in Newton, MA. For directions and local restaurants, lodging, and transportation information, please click here.
Our new campus has a large, free parking lot that does not require parking stickers or registration.
Depending on your program, advisors will be assigned in mid-late June by your academic Program Director. You will receive your advisor's name and contact information via your William James College email address.
For Organizational and Leadership Psychology program students, you will be assigned an advisor in mid-August by the program director. You will receive your advisor's name and contact information via your William James College email address.
For any questions, please contact your program director.
Prior to matriculation, all incoming students are required to take part in a brief Student Technology Orientation course. This online course provides students with important information on William James College's technology, systems and databases, and best practices for e-learning. In addition, William James College has a highly skilled IT Support and EdTech staff ready to address any technological concerns or problems students may have, whether they be on campus or at a distance.
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First year Clinical PsyD students can expect to take 5 classes and be on campus two days a week. It is expected they will be at their practicum site 2-3 days a week. Students should plan on giving themselves at least one day a week to dedicate to readings and assignments (of course this varies depending on each individual's unique learning style).
All programs in Organizational and Leadership Psychology are cohort based. This means that you are registered for a set sequence of courses and proceed through them with your peer group. Your schedule is posted on our website under the Organizational and Leadership Psychology programming. Just click on your program and choose "Curriculum".
For School Psychology and Counseling Psychology programs, please visit our website.
The academic schedule at William James College is fairly rigorous, and students should be aware that the program will take up a significant amount of time. However, some students do manage to hold part-time and full-time jobs. Working over 20 hours a week could make it difficult to complete assignments outside of class. Students that need to work should have effective time management skills and be proactive in making time for self-care. William James College also offers a number of work-study positions for those that qualify.
The summer readings are not required. The summer reading list contains suggested readings that the faculty has found influential in their academic and professional development. Although they are highly recommended, they are not required for the entry to your program. If you would like assistance narrowing down the list, you may contact your advisor for his or her personal suggestions.