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Psychology Schools in Massachusetts

The following guide to psychology schools in Massachusetts, which is home to some of the nation’s top colleges and universities, is designed to provide you with essential information that will assist you in finding the best undergraduate or graduate psychology program for your academic needs and career goals. The undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered at Massachusetts’s colleges and universities allow students to gain the necessary foundation for a successful career in the field of psychology. For some students, flexibility and convenience are essential to earning a degree. Many universities also offer undergraduate and graduate psychology degree programs online, learning a viable alternative to a traditional college experience.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 60 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Massachusetts.
  • 30 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Harvard University 97%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Nichols College 43%1
  • Highest net price*: Worcester Polytechnic Institute $35,6371
  • Lowest net price*: University of Massachusetts—Boston $10,9401
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Massachusetts with psychology and counseling programs*: $12,980 – $43,0002
  • 2 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (62) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (99)
    10 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Harvard University (1), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (6), Tufts University (28), Boston College (31), Brandeis University (33), Boston University (51), Northeastern University (61), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (65), Clark University (83), and University of Massachusetts, Amherst (97).
  • We found 9 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: Harvard University (1), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2), Tufts University (38), Boston University (43), Brandeis University (57), Northeastern University (59), Boston College (70), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (92) and Clark University (104).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs. Transfer-out rate is the percentage of students who started as a freshman in 2005 and transferred to a different school without earning a degree at the initial institution.

Keep reading to learn more about several of the popular undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered at some of Massachusetts’s top colleges and universities.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Massachusetts

Boston College
Boston College offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Those students interested in pursuing a masters degree may do so by completing a fifth year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Psychology majors in the B.A. program may opt for a concentration in clinical psychology with core concentration courses including clinical psychology and clinical fieldwork in psychology. Junior psychology majors are invited to complete an independent study while interested seniors may undertake a senior thesis. Psychology students may also spend an academic semester or a full academic year abroad during the junior year.

Northeastern University
Northeastern University allows undergraduates to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology at the Boston campus or online. The 160 credit program generally takes four years to complete and encompasses general college requirements – such as math, science, and English – in addition to psychology coursework. Major courses include statistics, infancy and childhood, personality, learning, sensation and perception, and social psychology. Psychology majors are also required to undertake research their senior year and are encouraged to complete an internship. With additional courses, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology rather than a BS.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Massachusetts

Boston University
Boston University features a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology that allows students to fulfill degree requirements on a full-time or a part-time basis. However, classes are not offered during the evening. The psychology department does not offer specific concentrations for the master’s degree, and masters students will be in integrated classes with doctoral students. Graduate students must complete eight courses to earn a master’s degree. A thesis is not required. Instead, psychology students must complete a directed study with a faculty member, which consists of an extensive research project either within the psychology department or another department on campus.

Brandeis University
Graduate students may pursue a Master of Arts (MA) in General Psychology at Brandeis University. The program allows for full-time and part-time study with full-time students completing the degree in a year. The eight-course program requires students to undertake such classes as advanced psychological statistics, graduate research methods in psychology, and master’s project readings, which prepares students to complete the mandatory thesis. Students may also choose from a wide range of electives in such diverse topics as adulthood and old age, human memory, and disorders of childhood. Successful candidates enter the program in the fall semester.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Massachusetts

Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2000
http://www.bu.edu/

Student Review: “I took psychology as my “fun” degree while I was at Boston University. My intro to psychology 101 was taught by a lovely young British woman with tattoos and multiple piercings – she explained to us why she got into the field and it captivated me. Most of my classes through the psychology department were taught by professors who love what they do. Less than a handful of the classes left me with a negative impression. The one class that I did not like was my history to psychology class. This was taught by professor Devlin. Very rarely did he stay on topic, most of his classes were him ranting his thoughts on Marxist communism and how it relates to today’s society. And yet when he graded us, it was not on anything covered. He taught the class more like a graduate level than the undergrad level it is intended to be. Overall, I have a very positive regard for the psychology department at Boston University.” – Student at Boston University
stars-4

Clark University
950 Main St
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 793-7711
http://www.clarku.edu/

Student Review: “Studying psychology at Clark University has been, overall, a great academic experience. Psychology is one of Clark University’s top majors. Because it’s so popular, it was been very easy to find peers and resources who have been willing to support me and create an academic community. Clark is a very supportive school, and the administration is very helpful in making sure that each student gets what they need. This can have some less desirable effects, however, because sometimes it feels like the school cares more about supporting each other than it does about fostering individual academic growth. This isn’t to say that Clark is unchallenging if you apply yourself, but since the psychology program is both large and inviting, it attracts a lot of students who simply never decided on a more fitting major. My professors have always been extraordinary, however, and I have relished the opportunities for hands-on research that Clark provides.” – Student at Clark University
stars-4

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1000
http://www.harvard.edu/

Student Review: “My psychology preparation was phenomenal. I had both large lecture classes and small seminar classes where we discussed cases and examples in details. In addition, it was very easy to take advantage of research experiences and find unique and interesting opportunities. For example, I worked in the lab of a well-known psychologist for two semesters and a summer and often went into talks and lectures by famous psychologists such as Steven Pinker, Susan Carey, and John Weisz. I also had dinner with different professors on many occasions. In addition, I had access to many online and paper psychology resources, all that Harvard’s library had to offer. The only downfall is that is a big department so it can be hard especially during the first year to develop relationships with faculty and my student adviser was a graduate student who was entirely unhelpful.” – Student at Clark University
stars-5

Our Lady of the Elms College
291 Springfield St
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 594-2761
http://www.elms.edu/

Student Review: “I received my bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology from Our Lady of the Elms College. Overall, it was a positive learning experience and I feel I learned a lot that has helped me and can continue to help me in my career or should I decide to return to school. The pros of this experience were that since it was a small school, I only had three different psychology professors throughout my entire time at the school, so I had a very solid education and was able to work closely with them. I learned very useful skills, such as thinking and writing critically about psychological and research related issues, which I currently use in my profession. The only con I have is that I do not feel as if I was well equipped to know how to go about pursuing additional education in this field. The intern and fieldwork opportunities were not easily accessible, although I still feel that if I returned to receive a graduate degree, I could use the knowledge I gained to succeed in a graduate program.” – Student at Our Lady of the Elms College
stars-4

Merrimack College
315 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 837-5000
http://www.merrimack.edu/

Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
(413) 584-2700
http://www.smith.edu/

Student Review: “Smith College provided me with the support I needed to help me transition smoothly from high school to college. During my first year I was given the opportunity to enroll in any subject matter in order to sort out what major I wanted to pursue, which was amazing since I was able to delve into many of my interests without having to fear wasting my time (since they were all for credit and would count towards my degree). The professors were amazing, always making time before and after classes as well as during office hours to answer any questions or give advice. One of my top reasons for considering Smith College the best choice for me was the vast amount of activities on campus and the campuses surrounding us. Every week there were movies, lectures, poetry readings, plays, and several times a year there were concerts of the top performers of the year. There were also many opportunities to work in my field including a part-time job tutoring and counseling students at the nearby elementary school.” – Student at Smith College
stars-5

Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Pl
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 573-8000
http://www.suffolk.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Suffolk University is astounding. I had the opportunity to meet so many professors that guided me through my academic career. I remember I took a class in childhood psychology and I was given the opportunity to meet children and complete studies with them and through our assignments. Suffolk University is a private institution, which allows students to go to college and also gain hands-on experience. I also recall another time when I was taking a psychology counseling class and I was given the opportunity to shadow my psychology professor at a counseling session after the patient gave him and I consent. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.” – Student at Suffolk University
stars-4

Tufts University
419 Boston Ave
Medford, MA 02155‎
(617) 628-5000
http://www.tufts.edu/

Student Review: “I found the psychology program to be thorough and applicable to other areas of research, both qualitative and quantitative. Professors were very approachable and held appropriate office hours. However, I felt that there were not enough sections of some courses offered each semester. For example, it was difficult to take the basic research methods course until junior or senior year, which in turn made it difficult to pursue independent research before graduation. Although the staff was friendly and approachable, the inability to pursue independent research made the development of student-professor relationships more challenging. Despite this drawback, I highly recommend the psychology program to prospective students hoping to pursue a career in research.” – Student at Tufts University
stars-4

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0111
http://www.umass.edu/

Student Review: “I studied psychology at Umass Amherst and had a fantastic time with the program. One of the unique things that Umass provided students with was the ability to hold research opportunities and lab hours at their own convenience. For example, for studies I would post to our “SONA” website looking for volunteers from our student body. Interested students would sign up through the website and receive an email confirmation with the location, time, and study information. Many professors through the psychology department would give students extra credit for these studies to add an incentive for them to assist fellow peers with their research. For example, one of my professors gave one extra point on an exam for each hour or credit that we completed (1 hour = 1 credit). This not only helped improve my grade but also helped researchers conduct studies!” – Student at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
stars-5

Wellesley College
106 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 283-1000
http://www.wellesley.edu/

Student Review: “I have immensely enjoyed my experience as a psychology student at Wellesley College. Unlike programs at other schools, which often focus on particular branches of the field, Wellesley allows students to fully explore the subfields within psychology. Rather than offering predominantly biological or cognitive psychology courses, Wellesley provides students with an equal opportunity to explore social, personality, abnormal, cognitive, biological, and even cultural psychology. Furthermore, the program maintains a unique requirement for the major in the form of research methods courses. Limited to small groups and focusing on one of the various branches of psychology, these classes allow students to research, design and implement their own psychological experiment, giving students invaluable practical experience with psychological experimentation. Finally, the department offers a host of research, practicum, and internship opportunities in positions that range from social media interns in Boston-based companies to clinical training in various locations throughout Massachusetts.” – Student at Wellesley College
stars-5

Student Review: “I had a wonderful experience with the psychology department at Wellesley College. Classes are small (20 students in my largest class, and up to 8 in seminars) and professors are eager to help and always accessible–they are mentors in the truest sense of the word and care deeply about students. Group projects, research papers, take-home exams, and weekly assignments allow students to delve deep into subjects of interest. There are opportunities for extracurricular involvement including clubs, lectures, research positions, and conference participation. The intense student-driven passion and tight-knit community are worth highlighting, as it creates optimal conditions for the pursuit of higher learning.” – Student at Wellesley College
stars-5

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=MA&major=psychology&sort=best