Program Overview

Choose Excellence with an Online MA in Psychology

The Master of Arts in Psychology program at William James can provide you with the advanced credential you need to get ahead in your career in behavioral health, business, education, law enforcement, human resources, social services, and many others. A one-year, 33-credit program offered completely online, the MA in Psychology will give you essential skills in management, collaboration, communication, research, social responsibility, and of course, psychology.

The MA in Psychology program can be completed in three semesters full time or six semesters part time. You will enjoy the flexibility to complete your work at your own convenience throughout the program. The asynchronous courses are each seven-weeks long and are comprised of recorded lectures, videos, journal articles, and textbook readings, along with interactive discussion posts and group projects with your classmates.

You can transfer in up to six credits to be applied to this online master’s program in psychology. These credits must be approved by Dr. Aubrey Orloff, program director.

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What is an online MA in Psychology?

As a student in the online 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 our Master’s in Psychology Graduates*

*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.

Pursue a Program That Meets Your Career Goals

The online Master's in Psychology program is open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds and careers. While it does not lead to licensure as a psychologist or counselor, this program provides a solid foundation in basic psychological and scientific principles.

Some students use this program to move up in their current industry, some are career changers looking to get an introduction to the field, and others enroll in this program to enhance their knowledge and prepare for further education in psychology or counseling. Learn more about potential career paths for graduates of a master’s in psychology here or call us at 888-664-6777 x1507 or email us at about your goals and if this program is the right fit.

Choose Community Connectivity, Support and Student Life

The William James College community is supportive and connected. Our Dean of Students Office offers regular programming, in person and online, for all students, and oversees our Academic Resource Center. Student leadership and student groups create more opportunities for engagement, and we are proud to be home to the William James College Black Mental Health Graduate Academy, a community for Black students enrolled in our doctoral and master’s degree programs, that provides mentorship and networking opportunities.

Choose Mentorship and Personal Growth

As a student in our online Master's in Psychology program, you will engage with faculty through education and advising. All students work closely with an advisor to navigate the program, access support services, and enhance their personal and professional development. Students meet virtually with their advisors twice each semester.

Collectively, our psychology faculty members  represent expertise across many domains of psychology including forensics, child psychology, organizational psychology, multicultural and global mental health, substance use and addictions, and many more.

William James College faculty are practicing professionals who bring their clinical expertise and real-world examples into the classroom.


Student:Faculty Ratio

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).

Meet Dr. Aubrey Orloff, program director for the MA in Psychology program and teaching faculty in the MA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs.


Frequently Asked Questions

The online MA in Psychology program can prepare you to understand psychological research and theory to apply your knowledge to real-world situations. There are many job titles and industries you can choose from as a graduate of William James College Master of Arts in Psychology program including those in behavioral health, education, law enforcement, social services, human resources, marketing, management, and government positions. You can learn more about these opportunities and salaries here.

We offer our online MA in Psychology both full time and part time, so you can complete the program at your own pace. The program can be completed in three semesters full time or six semesters part time. You can find the curriculum here.

You can find program tuition and fees here.  We also offer scholarship and financial aid options to help you finance your education. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change annually.

The MA in Psychology program does not lead to licensure as a psychologist or counselor. It is intentionally designed to provide a foundation in psychology, research, and social responsibility to serve professionals across industries. If you are someone interested in licensure, you can learn more about all of our program options here.