Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Psychology (BS/PsyD)

School of Arts and Sciences

Pathway with William James College
Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

Earn a combined Bachelor of Science in any field from MCPHS and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from our education partner William James College.

A Broad Knowledge Base Combined with Career Specialization

You will spend four years at the MCPHS Boston campus earning a Bachelor of Science in your chosen field. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to apply for the next phase of study at our education partner William James College, where you will spend five years completing the final coursework and training for your doctoral degree in clinical psychology. You also will gain exposure to such specializations as children and families of adversity and resilience, clinical health psychology, forensic psychology, geropsychology, Latino mental health, military and veterans’ psychology, neuropsychology, and African & Caribbean mental health. This program starts in the fall.

Your Four-Year Journey

Our in-depth curriculum combines biological, psychological, social science, and humanities coursework with career exploration and professional development.

First-Year Experience

  • form connections with members of the MCPHS community and develop strategies for success
  • learn about the breadth and applications of psychology
  • explore the ways in which biological, psychological, and social factors influence health and well-being

Second-Year Experience

  • develop the ability to critically evaluate and synthesize research to make evidence-informed decisions
  • deepen knowledge of psychological concepts related to the biological bases of behavior, human growth and development, and well-being
  • explore, compare, and develop strategies to succeed in careers of interest

Third-Year Experience

  • learn to design research and report findings
  • learn about healthcare ethics and the rights of medical patients
  • identify interesting career opportunities for individuals with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees

Fourth-Year Experience

  • gain experience in a career of interest through field placement and prepare for job and/or graduate school applications
  • identify various ways behaviors, thoughts, and emotions contribute to health and well-being through courses such as stress and illness, mind-body medicine, and nutrition and health
  • explore a topic of interest from a biopsychosocial perspective

The Future of Healthcare is Interdisciplinary

Interprofessional education (IPE) is a way of life at MCPHS.

Help Individuals, Families, Communities

As a psychologist, you will have the knowledge of human behavior to meet the mental health needs of patients and help them function effectively in their personal lives and within society at large.

$81,040 median salary

for psychologists according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

MCPHS: A healthcare think tank

At MCPHS, you are surrounded by peers in other health disciplines who share your commitment to building a healthier world.

#1 in the U.S. for earning power

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College rankings for 2018 place MCPHS graduates on top

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Undergraduate Pathways to a Career in Health Psychology

If you have not yet earned your bachelor's degree, we offer undergraduate to graduate pathways. In all cases, you must apply to the graduate program after you have demonstrated success in the undergraduate portion.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Premed Track

Four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Occupational Therapy Track

A five-year combined program that begins at the Boston campus before moving to the MCPHS Manchester campus.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

A six-year combined program that begins at the Boston campus before moving to MCPHS-Worcester.

Bachelor of Science — Master of Arts in Psychology Pathway (BS/MA)

Four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus. If accepted, students then continue their education at our partner school, the William James College in Newton, MA.