Program Overview

Choose Excellence with a MA in Psychology

The MA in Psychology at William James College is a 1-year, 33-credit program. All courses are offered online. These courses are 7-weeks each and can be completed at your convenience through recorded lectures, videos, journal articles, and textbook readings, along with interactive discussion posts with your classmates. There will be ample opportunity to connect with your classmates through group projects. The program can be completed in 3 semesters full-time or 6 semesters part-time.

You can transfer in up to 6-credits to be applied to your master’s program. Credits must be approved by the Program Director, Dr. Jenny D’Olympia.

New Cohorts Begin Every Fall (late August) and Spring (January)

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What is Psychology?

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*

*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 Master's program is open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds and provides a solid foundation in basic psychological and scientific principles. 

You may be someone who wants a primer in psychology before continuing on to advanced degrees in psychology or counseling. Many students continue their education to pursue doctoral training in psychology.*

Or you could be someone who wants to develop the skills needed to enhance your career in another field or pursue opportunities across a variety of settings.

*William James College offers a PsyD in Leadership Psychology and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Participation in the MA in Psychology does not guarantee admission to the doctoral programs.

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, 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 your personal and professional development. Students meet virtually with their advisors twice a semester.

Our psychology faculty members, collectively, represent expertise across many domains of psychology including forensics, child psychology, organizational psychology,  multicultural and global mental health, substance use and addictions, and 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. Jenny D’Olympia, Program Director for the MA in Psychology program and Director of the Military and Veterans Psychology program.