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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go for Technology Support
For any technology questions regarding email, Moodle, MyCampus, SSIG, etc. please visit the HelpDesk or email support@williamjames.edu. You can also contact HelpDesk by phone at 617-327-6777 x1600.
How do I learn about field placement

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 (kathryn_stanley@williamjames.edu), Associate Director of Field Education for MAOP/ OLP. The FP course officially starts after fundamentals week and will be an online course.

Where can I find out about housing options
Our first recommendation is that you begin your search early. The downtown section of Boston tends to be high priced, while the surrounding communities tend to have more affordable options. The great majority of students live in communities such as: Allston, Jamaica Plain, Brighton, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park or suburbs such as Brookline, Dedham, Newton, Cambridge, Somerville, to name a few.          

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.

Where can I find a roommate

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.

I am new to Boston - Do you have information on the city and surrounding areas

Yes, we have a section on the website for those new to Boston. Please visit the page here.

You can also visit our student blog.  The following posts are what some of our current students have had to say about the city and surrounding areas: blog.mspp.edu/topic/around-boston

Where can I find the academic calendar - When are our holiday breaks

The Academic Calendar can be found on MyCampus under the Registrar section.  

Do I get a student ID - When and where can I obtain that
Once a year the IT Office makes IDs for everyone. An email will be sent to your school email address announcing the date, time, and location to have an ID made.
Does William James College have a dining hall

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.

Where and how can I buy my textbooks
Our Library helps coordinate the availability of class instructional materials.  Electronic copies of many assigned readings are available via MyCampus, William James College's intranet site.                            

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 matthew_kramer@williamjames.edu.

What are the services provided by the library and what are the hours

Please see the Library web page for all of this information.

Please contact the Librarian, Matt Kramer if you have specific questions at matthew_kramer@williamjames.edu

How do I get to William James College - Where can I park

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.

Will I be assigned a faculty advisor - How can I contact them

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.                    

Does William James College accept transfer credits
Yes, William James College does accept some transfer credits, but it varies by degree program. Please visit our Degree Programs website here. On the left sidebar of each page, under the admissions category there is a link called Transfer of Credits. Please click on the link for program-specific transfer credit information.  If you have further questions please contact the Registrar's Office.
I am registered in a program that uses a blended or hybrid format - How do I get training to navigate the course platform and access to the courses

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.                            

Click here to review more FAQs about distance learning.

What will my schedule look like

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.

Can I have a part-time job while attending William James College

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.

Do I need a car

Due to the variety of practicum settings William James College offers, placements can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours away. William James College's campus in Newton is also not directly accessible by the T.

How much homework will I have

The number of assignments is very class-specific. Some classes have more readings (up to six per week), some have more papers (one each week), and some have more projects and presentations. A lot of material is covered in each class each semester, so students can expect a rather rigorous workload.

Am I required to do the summer reading

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.

Student Organizations

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