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

with William James College 

Location: Boston

As a psychologist, you have the power to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities function effectively and creatively. This program allows you to focus your education on your career goals, so you’ll be well prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career.

In this professional pathway, you have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science, in any field, from MCPHS and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. During your four years at MCPHS, you’ll receive a challenging baccalaureate curriculum that prepares you for professional study. You’ll spend the next five years at William James College to complete the professional education required for the Clinical Psychology doctoral degree, with a specialization in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience, Clinical Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Geropsychology, Latino Mental Health, Military and Veterans Psychology, Neuropsychology, or African & Caribbean Mental Health.

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Our agreements with partnering institutions require that students complete all of their coursework at MCPHS. For that reason, we are unable to accept transfer students into this pathway program. 

Please consider applying to the following program, which you can transfer in to: 

Health Psychology (BS)

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 151*

Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology

3

CHE 110**

Basic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

FYS 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

TOTAL


14

*After consultation with the program director, students may substitute BIO 110 and 210 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II) for BIO 151 and 152.

**Students in the HPSY major who choose to pursue a PRMD minor may substitute CHE 131 (Chemical Principles I) for CHE 110 and replace LIB 120 with MAT 151 (Calculus I) in the first semester. Additional curriculum changes should be reviewed with the program director & an ARC advisor.

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152

Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

MAT

Determined by Placement

3

MAT 197

Computer Applications

3

TOTAL


16

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 250

Health Psychology

3

BEH 352

Human Development

3

MAT 261

Statistics

3

HUM

Humanities Elective

3

SSC

Social Sciences Elective

3

TOTAL


15

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 101

Health Psychology Seminar I

1

BEH 350

Abnormal Psychology

3

BEH 451

Research Methods in Health and Behavior

3

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

SSC

Social Sciences Elective

3


General Elective

3

TOTAL


16

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 260

Behavioral Health

3

BEH 456

Applications of Research Methods

3

BEH

Category A

3

HUM

Humanities Elective

3

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

TOTAL


15

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 102

Health Psychology Seminar II

1

BEH

Category B

3

BEH

Category C

3

PSB 412

Medical Patients' Rights and Professionals' Liabilities

3

MAT 451

Biostatistics

3


General elective

3

TOTAL


16

Year IV-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 103

Health Psychology Seminar III

1

BEH

Behavioral Sciences Elective*

3

LIB 590

Health Psychology Field Placement I

3


Two General Electives

6

TOTAL


13

* may be fulfilled with any BEH course

Year IV-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH

Behavioral Sciences Elective*

3

LIB 592

Health Psychology Capstone

3


Three General Electives

9

TOTAL


15

* may be fulfilled with any BEH course

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 120 s.h.

Category Course Options

Category A

BEH 341 Biological Psychology

BEH 405 Mind-Body Medicine

BEH 454 Stress and Illness

BEH 457 Drugs and Behavior

Category B

BEH 254 Death and Dying

BEH 357 Positive Psychology

BEH 345 Myths & Misconceptions in Psychology

Category C

BEH 351 Social Psychology

BEH 355 Organizational Psychology

BEH 356 Gender Roles

BEH 340 Psychology of Aggression

Learn more about William James College and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program. 

Mission
William James College strives to be a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. We assume an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines to meet the evolving mental health needs of society.

About
In 2015, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, founded in 1974, officially adopted the new name, William James College. Since its founding, an education at MSPP/William James College has meant classroom instruction that creatively integrates psychological theory and research with critical self-knowledge and clinical illustrations offered by supervisors, colleagues and a practitioner faculty. 

William James (1842-1910), the founder of American psychology, is considered to be one of the most influential and innovative thinkers of the 19th century, and he was the mentor to, among others, John Dewey, the architect of experiential learning. William James championed diversity and access to education across race and gender lines; he promoted openness to wide ranging social perspectives; and he promoted a more practical application of psychology. We're proud to attach our institution to James' important legacy.