Applied Psychology (MS)

Designed to strengthen your understanding of applied psychology by deeply exploring core concepts to help clarify your interest in the field and prepare you for advanced job opportunities or further training.


Apply by June 1, 2023 for Fall 2023 entrance.

Program Overview

  • Gain core competencies in applied psychology fields.
  • Have a better understanding of how family systems, culture, and economic status play a role in one’s mental health.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate key statistics and trends found in behavioral health.
  • Prepare to work in a variety of settings, such as community mental health agencies, higher education, research settings, non-profit agencies, and within healthcare organizations.

Program Information

  • Full time only
  • One year, 30-credits
  • Learn on campus in Boston
  • Will not lead to Mental Health Counselor Licensure

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate/minor degrees in Psychology, Human Services, or Health Sciences
  • Overall GPA of 3.2
  • Application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Resumé
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English

Program Faculty


Coursework for the Applied Psychology master’s provides evidence-based knowledge in applied psychology. Students select one of two tracks that focuses their curriculum: 1) Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology, or 2) Prevention Science. Students take 10 classes (5 per semester) for 30 credits total.

Sample Curriculum


Core Courses (3 credits each)


CAEP 6260 Community Counseling (Spring)
CAEP 6203 Understanding Culture & Diversity (Spring)
CAEP 6282 Ethics and Professional Development (Fall)
CAEP 5877 Applied Research Methods (Fall)
HLTH 5410 Intro to Statistics in Health and Beh. Sci. (Fall)

Electives by Track (3 credits each)


1) Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Track

CAEP 6247 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (Spring )
CAEP 5878 Pediatric Psychology (Fall )
CAEP 5879 Trauma and Mental Health (Spring )
CAEP 6218 Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development (Fall )
CAEP 5150 Early Intervention: Family Systems (Fall )
CAEP 6222 Human Sexuality (Spring )

2) Prevention Science (general track)

CAEP 6220 Development Across the Life Span (Fall )
PHTH 6204 Society, Behavior, and Health (Fall )
CAEP 6242 Psychopathology, Diagnosis, & Treatment (Spring )
CAEP 6360 Consultation and program evaluation (Spring )
CAEP 5876 Mental Health Education and Program Planning (Spring )

Apply to the Applied Psychology MS Program

For more information, contact Dr. Christie Rizzo at
[email protected].