The Master of Arts degree in Psychology prepares the student to sit for the examination for licensure as a mental health counselor in Massachusetts, and equips students to help individuals who may have a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional challenges. It may also serve as a steppingstone to further graduate training (PhD or PsyD). Students are exposed to a range of empirically supported therapeutic methods. Experiential learning is an essential component of the program, with 15 credits of practicum and internships required.
The M.A. program in Psychology is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) (February, 2015 - February, 2019).
The MA in Psychology program offers specialization in clinical psychology, and can serve as your gateway into the field of human services or as a foundation for further graduate training. 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 the art and science of psychology as it applies to the understanding of human behavior as well as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional problems.
The MA in Psychology program offers you:
- All faculty are Ph.D.'s in Psychology, while our supervising Clinical Psychologists have all been trained in a broad array of inpatient and outpatient settings.
- A developmentally-oriented curriculum that focuses on personal, as well as professional, growth
- Small classes facilitating individualized learning experiences and personal growth
- Full- and part-time program options, as well as evening and summer courses
- Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state
Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. John Calicchia
- Online application and $50 application fee
- Resume or C.V.
- Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Minimum GPA - Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Degree - Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in either psychology or a closely related field
- *GRE Scores - Above average GRE general test scores
- Field Experience - Field experience is required
- Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement -Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals
- Interview - Final candidates will receive a personal interview from the Admissions Committee
*Applicants are eligible for the GRE/GMAT waiver if they are a current BSU undergraduate senior majoring in Psychology, or recent BSU alumni (three years for fewer) who graduated with their Psychology degree from BSU and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. If both of these criteria are met, the GRE/GMAT requirement will be waived as an admissions requirement for the individual.
Deadline for application is February 15 for Fall admission, there is no Spring admission for this program.
Sample Full-Time First Year Courses
Sample Full-Time Second Year Courses
First year courses must be completed before beginning second year courses.
All students must complete 100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship (included in the above sample schedule as PSYC 591 and PSYC 592)
Total Minimum Credits: 60
Only 500-level courses will be accepted for credit in the MA program in psychology. Degree-seeking students may not transfer any second year courses into the program.
Students must successfully complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) in order to graduate.
Students in the Psychology M.A. program must achieve a grade of B- or better in any courses taken which will be credited toward the degree. Students may repeat only one graduate course for which they have received a grade below B-.
Mental Health Licensure
Bridgewater State University’s M.A. in Psychology meets all of the MA State Board’s requirements to apply for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC).
The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.
The MA in Psychology is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at email@example.com.
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