Master of Arts in Psychology


Master of Arts in Psychology


Make a Difference. Change Lives for the Better.

Every year, bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million Americans age 18 and older.1 Nearly 2.4 million adults in the U.S. have schizophrenia.2 Major depression affects approximately 6.7 percent of our nation’s adult population annually.3

Mental disorders are widespread in the United States, and the numbers continue to rise. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans over 18 – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year. Based on 2004 U.S. Census estimates, this figure translates to approximately 57.7 million people.4

Along with these mounting statistics comes the growing need for highly educated, well-trained professionals in the practice of psychotherapy and psychological assessment.

Are you prepared to meet this need? You can be, with a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology from Bridgewater State University.

1National Institute of Mental Health. 2Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Release, June 9, 2005.3National Institute of Mental Health. 4National Institute of Mental Health.

Program Highlights

The MA in Psychology program offers specialization in clinical-psychotherapy, and can serve as your gateway into the field of human services or as a stepping-stone into a doctorate program. As a student of the program, you will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the principles of psychology within the framework of a strong clinical emphasis. Courses present various aspects of the art and science of psychology as it applies to the understanding of human behavior and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional problems.

The MA in Psychology program offers you:

  • Diverse faculty with strong clinical experience in a variety of settings
  • A values-based curriculum that focuses on personal as well as professional growth
  • Opportunities to add real-world experience to your resume through internships and community partnerships
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Full- and part-time program options, as well as evening and summer courses
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Bridgewater State University's MA in Psychology program complies with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor.

The Curriculum

The MA in Psychology is a clinical program, consisting of a 61-credit curriculum, which has been designed to prepare students to counsel individuals who may be facing a variety of behavioral, cognitive or emotional challenges. Research methods and statistics are emphasized as essential tools for clinical professionals. As a student, you will be exposed to a broad range of empirically supported therapeutic methods, with special emphasis on cognitive-behavioral techniques. Your classroom experiences will be underscored with a number of experiential learning opportunities, including required internships and practica.

Clinical and counseling psychologists work with individuals, couples, families and groups to help identify maladaptive patterns of behavior and to develop new life skills and approaches to encourage positive change.

Field Education – Real-Life Experience, Making a Real Difference.

The clinical psychology practicum represents a unique opportunity for you to gain valuable, hands-on experience in the field by working in a mental health or social service agency. The practicum is an excellent way to get real-life exposure to – and experience with – the people and psychological phenomena you have read about and discussed in the classroom. Possible placements include local hospitals, mainstream and special needs schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, prisons, and child welfare agencies.


You’ve thought about it. You believe you can do it. And you’ve explored your options. Now you’re ready to advance your career – through the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Take the first step. Apply now. And get ready to transform your life!

Bridgewater State University College of Graduate Studies

Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

Bridgewater State University remains steadfast in its dual mission to educate citizens to be the best they can be and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to advance the economic and cultural life of the region and beyond.


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Master of Arts in Psychology Programs, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300


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