Master of Arts in Psychology - Online Program

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Earn your master’s in psychology through our affordable, online Master of Arts in Psychology program

Meet the need and make a difference. We believe in making psychological knowledge available to help individuals better their lives and the lives of others. Open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds, William James College’s MA in Psychology program provides a solid foundation in basic psychological and scientific principles. Be a strong resource and apply your knowledge in this area to provide solutions in your workplace and community.

Learn from Scholar-Practitioners who bring their experience to the classroom, and provide you with real-world application of the principles and theories you will learn.

This 33-credit (11 courses) Master’s in Psychology program also offers two degree completion tracks:

  1. Track 1 is designed for individuals who would want to continue advanced degrees in psychology or counseling.
  2. Track 2 is designed for those who want to develop the skills needed to enhance their careers or pursue opportunities across a variety of settings.

MA in Psychology Highlights

As a student in the MA in Psychology program, you will pursue goals in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge Base in Psychology
  2. Scientific Mindedness
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
  4. Communication
  5. Professional Development

We follow the APA Guidelines on Core Learning Goals for Master’s Degree Graduates in Psychology https://www.apa.org/about/policy/masters-goals-guidelines.pdf (*)

(*) Please note that APA does not accredit master’s programs in psychology, and that this program does not lead to licensure as a psychologist, which is state regulated and requires a doctoral degree.


Careers for MA in Psychology Graduates

The MA in Psychology program can prepare you to understand psychological research and theory to apply your knowledge to real-world situations. Carry out your role in science and practice with attention to cultural diversity, intersecting identities, upholding ethical principles and integrating the latest theories and research results.

As a graduate of William James College Master of Arts in Psychology program, you may explore related job titles:

  • Employee assistance program specialist
  • Employment specialist
  • Research coordinator/manager
  • Intake counselor
  • Care coordinator
  • Probation officer
  • Case manager
  • Mental health worker
  • Academic advisor
  • Victim’s advocate
  • Family services worker
  • Employee trainer

*These examples are a general guide. Career options may require additional experience, training, licensure or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Employment settings to explore:

  • Law enforcement
  • Colleges or universities
  • K-12 schools
  • Child and family service organizations
  • Local, state, or federal governments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Residential care facilities
  • Market research firms
  • Social service agencies
  • Human resource department
  • Religious organizations

Accreditation 

William James is fully-approved to offer online education by NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education) and by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement).


Delivery Method: Online 

This program will be delivered fully online in an asynchronous model, with no residency requirements. This means you can participate in the online weekly requirements at your convenience. Students will participate in an online orientation with the Program Director and selected faculty before starting classes. Students will be assigned an advisor to provide them with professional and academic advice while they are in the program. Faculty will hold live office hours on a weekly basis through Zoom (an easy to use video conferencing platform). Students can make individual appointments with faculty and advisors. Courses run for 7 weeks at a time.


Time to Completion

The program can be completed full time (3 semesters in one year), part-time (6 semesters in two years).


Sample Curriculum Map - Full time

Prior to program start
COU CP505 - Orientation MA Psychology Program (credits: 0) 

Semester 1A (7 weeks)
COU LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3) 
COU CC524 - Diversity, Difference and Inclusion (credits: 3) 

Semester 1B (7 weeks)
COU CN520 - Psychopathology (credits: 3) 
CLI RS526 - Statistics (credits: 3) 

Semester 2A (7 weeks)
CLI PS801 - Ethics, Standards, and Professional Practice (credits: 3) 
COU CX510 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3) 

Semester 2B (7 weeks)
CLI PS603 - Social Bases of Behavior (credits: 3) 
ORG OP600 - Leadership and the Use of Self (credits: 3) 

Semester 3A (7 weeks) 
TRACK 1
For individuals who want to pursue further advanced training
COU RS610 - Research and Program Evaluation (credits: 3) 
ORG PA550 - Organizational Assessment: Qualitative and Quantitative (credits: 3) 
TRACK 2
For individuals who want to advance their career across a number of settings
Will choose 2 from a number of electives:
BX701 - Adult CBT Theory and Practice
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment (credits: 3) (COU CN520 is a prerequisite)
Other electives might be available later

Semester 3B (7 weeks)
CN515 - Substance Use and Addiction

Sample Curriculum Map - Part time

Prior to program start
COU CP505 - Orientation MA Psychology Program (credits: 0) 

Semester 1A (7 weeks)
COU CC524 - Diversity, Difference and Inclusion (credits: 3) 

Semester 1B (7 weeks)
CLI PS603 - Social Bases of Behavior (credits: 3) 

Semester 2A (7 weeks)
COU CN520 - Psychopathology (credits: 3) 

Semester 2B (7 weeks)
COU CX510 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3) 

Semester 3A (7 weeks)
CLI PS801 - Ethics, Standards, and Professional Practice (credits: 3) 

Semester 3B (7 weeks)
TRACK 1
For individuals who want to pursue further advanced training
ORG PA550 - Organizational Assessment: Qualitative and Quantitative (credits: 3) 
TRACK 2
For individuals who want to advance their career across a number of settings
Will choose 1 from a number of electives:
BX701 - Adult CBT Theory and Practice
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment (credits: 3) (COU CN520 is a prerequisite)
Other electives might be available later.

Semester 4A (7 weeks)
COU LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3) 

Semester 4B (7 weeks)
ORG OP600 - Leadership and the Use of Self (credits: 3) 

Semester 5A (7 weeks)
CLI RS526 - Statistics 

Semester 5B (7 weeks)
TRACK 1
For individuals who want to pursue further advanced training
COU RS610 - Research and Program Evaluation 
TRACK 2
For individuals who want to advance their career across a number of settings
Will choose 1 from a number of electives:
BX701 - Adult CBT Theory and Practice
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3)
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment (credits: 3)COU CN520 is a prerequisite)
Other electives might be available later.

Semester 6A (7 weeks)
CN515 - Substance Use and Addiction Evaluation and Treatment