Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology

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Faculty and Students of the Community Social Psychology (CSP) Graduate Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell share a commitment to social justice and the empowerment of all individuals and communities.  To those ends, our program is designed to help students understand the complex relationships between individual, family, and community well being and the broader environment in which we live and work.

Our mission is to produce graduates with the analytic, creative, and practical skills needed to design and implement programs and services that will facilitate positive changes within and across communities – changes that will empower all people to reach their full potential and empower social organizations, public and private, to be more responsive to human needs.

CSP is a 36-credit master’s degree program, providing opportunities for in-class learning experiences, field study, independent study, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students admitted to our program will work with recognized faculty and talented students from diverse backgrounds.

Progra m Emphasis

The Community Social Psychology Program is a leader in establishing close links between the University and the community. Campus and community-based learning experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum; skills are further developed and applied in an advanced 2-semester field placement. Much of the field work takes place directly in Lowell, perhaps the most culturally diverse mid-size city in the United States, located just 25 miles from Boston.

Adm issions

The CSP program is designed for students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree as well as for students returning to school. Our program is suitable for both full-time and part-time study, and courses are typically offered in the afternoon or evening. We invite students from all backgrounds, especially minority and international students, to apply. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their undergraduate record, prior study in psychology/related fields and research methods, work experience, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and a written personal statement.

For application details see How to Apply in the UMass Lowell Graduate online Catalog.

A limited number of graduate assistantships that involve working directly with faculty members are awarded each year.

Master of Arts  and Degree Requirements

Introduction to Community Social Psychology 3
Applied Research Methods 3
Advanced Community Dynamics: Lowell 3
Practicum I and II (field placement and seminar) 6
Option 1: Thesis (6 credits) + elective courses (15 credits)  
Option 2: Project (3 credits) + elective courses (18 credits)  
Option 3: Elective courses (21 credits)  

Examples of electives include:

  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Family Systems
  • Grant Writing
  • Immigrant Psychology & Communities
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology of Diversity
  • Working With Groups
  • Workplace Diversity)

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Graduate Program Co-Coordinators:

Meg Bond, Ph.D.
E-mail: Meg Bond
Phone: 978-934-3971

Michelle Haynes, Ph.D.
E-mail: Michelle Haynes
Phone: 978-934-3925