Psychology

Understanding the mind.

With your knowledge of human behavior, you can help people cope, grow and thrive to help meet the mental health needs of society. You can help children with disabilities find new ways of learning. Counsel a couple about their genetics and what it means for their future. Or even research workplace behavior to help companies find new avenues of productivity.

Become a highly skilled mental health specialist.

Working closely with world-class educators, you’ll develop knowledge in psychology with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and liberal arts, and an informed sense of healthcare issues. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers. Or you can seamlessly advance your education with a master’s or doctorate in one of our pathway programs.

Unique Undergraduate Program

Ours is one of the few undergraduate programs nationwide to provide both a general foundation in psychology as well as a focus on psychosocial aspects of health and illness.

Immersive Field Experience

Students complete a one-year field placement for practical education specific to their individual career goals, including programs for children with autism, college counseling and wellness programs, research labs, inpatient and outpatient medical facilities, and community outreach programs.

Highly Trained Faculty

MCPHS professors are industry experts with years of expertise in both teaching and advising.

Expert Mentorship

Throughout the baccalaureate program, students work closely with faculty to identify and prepare for careers that match their individual interests and strengths.

Seamless Advanced Degree Transition

MCPHS has an established agreement with William James College to prepare students for its graduate programs, so students may seamlessly continue their professional education.

A field of growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for psychologists is expected to grow at a much faster rate than many other occupations, with a potential 19% increase in jobs needed by 2024. Employment of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is projected to grow 20% by 2024.

Well-prepared

With innovative training and immersive clinical opportunities, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter and advance in a wide variety of careers with a baccalaureate degree in health psychology. Through the advanced degree pathway programs, students can continue their professional education at the master’s level to work as independent professional mental health counselors in both behavioral health and medical settings, or at the doctoral level to specialize in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience, Clinical Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Geropsychology, Latino Mental Health, Military and Veterans Psychology, or Neuropsychology.

Well-paid

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for psychologists was $72,580 in May 2015, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $118,310.

Health Psychology

The mission of the Health Psychology program is to produce graduates who can apply the knowledge and skills of psychological science to the ethical solution of real-world problems that include, but are not limited to, those related to health; to support the development of critical thinking, evidence-based problem solving, communication, collaboration, and informatics skills; to prepare students to provide quality, patient-centered care that promotes physical, mental, and emotional health in the rapidly changing healthcare environment; and to provide a system of mentoring that encourages the pursuit of individual interests and preparation for direct employment and graduate training. The Health Psychology program aims to provide an engaging learning environment that includes opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom and to work in interdisciplinary teams through service, field placement, and research.

 

School of Arts and Sciences

Vision

Through teaching, scholarship, and service, the faculty of the School:

  • provide a broad academic foundation in the Arts and Sciences to all MCPHS students,
  • provide depth and breadth in the academic and professional training of students in Arts and Sciences programs,
  • actively participate in and contribute to the scholarly disciplines in the Arts and Sciences, and
  • contribute to the University’s mission in the broader academic and professional communities.

Mission

The mission of the School of Arts and Sciences is to embody and promote the core values defined in the 2015 University Strategic Plan through:

  • scholarship that creates knowledge, pedagogies, integration and engagement in the disciplines represented by the Arts and Sciences faculty,
  • interdisciplinary and inter-professional initiatives and collaborations among Arts and Sciences faculty and in concert with other School faculties to produce scholarship and public service,
  • implementation of a core curriculum that integrates the basic sciences and liberal arts with professional studies,
  • commitment to and promotion of the values of general education and development of the whole person,
  • cultivation of knowledge, reasoning skills, and values that prepare students for lifelong learning,
  • development and application of learner-centered curriculum designs and teaching strategies,
  • assessment that systematically collects and uses data for curricular review and continuous improvement,
  • service to the School, University, and professional communities, and
  • collaboration with Student Affairs staff in the development and implementation of co-curricular programs.