Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology

Career Opportunities

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General Information

Graduates of our master's program have a bright job future. Our program is not designed for students who plan to pursue careers as mental health providers. Most states require licensure for the mental health professions, and our program does not meet the educational requirements set by most state licensing boards.

Our graduates however, are qualified for and are successful in finding high-level positions in many service fields, including the following:

  • Executives in the nonprofit sector, where they may become managers, supervisors or directors of a variety of human service and community organizations
  • Policy planners, program developers or evaluators for local or state governments
  • Specialists in the criminal justice system, health care and or mental health field
  • Educators or educational administrators in settings ranging from preschools to graduate programs
  • Researchers working at university or medical research centers or for government and non-profit organizations and
  • Human resource administrators in the community service or public relations side of corporate life

Sample Alumni Job Titles

Here are the job titles of some of our graduates (specific locations omitted):
  • Program Effectiveness and Research Coordinator, non-profit educational consulting group
  • Director, Department of Social Services Area Office
  • Marketing, Consumer Satisfaction and Employee Engagement/Retention Consultant, private consulting firm
  • Coordinator of Children and Family Ministries, 5,000 member church
  • Associate Director, county office for the American Jewish Committee
  • Director, Area Agency on Aging
  • Community Liaison, mid-sized city police department
  • Director, Admissions at a community college
  • Assistant director, university research center
  • Recreation Coordinator, public school system

Skills Translate into Jobs

Whatever their chosen field, our graduates have both varied and particularly strong placement records. Why? We think it's because our graduates have well-developed skills in communications, research methods, organizational change, team-building and community development. These skills are useful in a wide variety of job situations; they always are highly valued by employers.

Classes offered in the CSP program such as grant writing and program evaluation provide not only important skill sets, but also hands-on experience in the community and resume building opportunities. 

Core Competencies: 

  • Community Assessment & Program Evaluation
  • Intervention/Program Planning & Development
  • Resource Development
  • Public Policy & Advocacy
  • Community Organizing & Coalition Building

Our program also provides excellent preparation for students who choose to go on to pursue a doctorate degree. Some of our students have gone on to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, while others have pursued doctorates in such fields as sociology, social policy and education.

Faculty maintain contacts with many potential employers, and through their field work students develop invaluable relationships in the community that can lead to career opportunities. Many of our alumni choose to work in the greater Lowell or Boston areas where they serve as resources and contacts for current graduates just leaving our program.

The University also has a very active Career Services Office that offers a wide range of services to students.