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Faculty and Students of the Community Social Psychology (CSP) Graduate Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell share a commitment to social justice and the empowerment of all individuals and communities. To those ends, our program is designed to help students understand the complex relationships between individual, family, and community well-being and the broader environment in which we live and work.

Our mission is to produce graduates with the analytic, creative, and practical skills needed to design and implement programs and services that will facilitate positive changes within and across communities – changes that will empower all people to reach their full potential and empower social organizations, public and private, to be more responsive to human needs.

CSP is a 36-credit master’s degree program, providing opportunities for in-class learning experiences, field study, independent study, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students admitted to our program will work with recognized faculty and talented students from diverse backgrounds.

The Community Social Psychology Program is a leader in establishing close links between the University and the community. Campus and community-based learning experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum; skills are further developed and applied in an advanced 2-semester practicum placement. Much of the field work takes place directly in Lowell, perhaps the most culturally diverse mid-size city in the United States, located just 25 miles from Boston.

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 academic credits, at least 24 of which must be taken at the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a grade average of B or better, is required for the completion of the degree. The 36 credits for the Master’s degree are divided as follows:

Required Coursework (3 courses, 9 credits total):

  • Community Social Psychology (Psyc.5000)
  • Applied Research Methods (Psyc.5120)
  • Advanced Community Dynamics (Psyc.6250)

Required Practicum (Must be taken over two consecutive semester starting in the fall: 6 credits ):

  • Practicum I (Psyc.6310)
  • Practicum II (Psyc.6320)

The remaining degree credits consist of elective courses. Students may select from over 15 elective courses in Community Social Psychology, most of which are offered at least once every two years. In their choice of electives, students have the option of completing a Master's Project or Thesis.

Total must equal 36 credits.

Please note: Each newly matriculated student in the program will be assigned to an adviser from among the faculty of the graduate program. The student will meet with his/her adviser on a regular basis throughout the years of study to discuss course selections, planning for practicum, and the development of the thesis or project (optional). Once a student selects a faculty supervisor for his/her thesis or project, this faculty member takes over as graduate academic adviser.

Graduate Program Co-Coordinators

Meg Bond, Ph.D.
Email: Meg Bond
Phone: 978-934-3971 

Michelle Haynes, Ph.D.
Email: Michelle Haynes
Phone: 978-934-3925