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Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology

Full time Part time BA to MA

UMass Lowell students and faculty of the Master's in Community Social Psychology share a commitment to social justice and the empowerment of all individuals and communities. Our program helps 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.

The Master's in Community Social Psychology is designed for students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree as well as for students returning to school. Courses are available for full-time and part-time study and are typically offered in the late afternoon or evening.

Our 36-credit master’s degree program offers a mix of in-class learning, field study, independent study and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Core courses

  • Introduction to Community Social Psychology 
  • Applied Research Methods 
  • Program Evaluation
  • Advanced Community Dynamics: Lowell 
  • A Social Justice Course (Applied Social Psychology, Psychology of Diversity, or Workplace Diversity)
  • Practicum I & II (field placement and seminar)
For more information on the CSP curriculum including course listings, please visit the Graduate Catalog.
  • Submitted online application
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university 
    • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better
    • Academic background in psychology or a closely related field
  • Official score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - waivers may be available, see the Graduate Catalog for criteria
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A 500-750 word personal statement explaining your interests in CSP and how you believe the degree will help you meet your career goals
  • A 250-300 word essay in which you identify and discuss a current social issue of interest to you
  • Resume
  • $50 application fee

International Applicants

  • Applicants who earned their degree outside of the U.S. must have their transcript evaluated by a credentialing service such as WES or CED.
  • English proficiency testing
    • TOEFL minimum 79
    • IELTS minimum 6.5

UMass Lowell Bachelor's-to-Master's Applicants

Undergraduate psychology majors at UMass Lowell who have a GPA of 3.0 or better are invited to apply to the bachelor's-to-master's program, allowing students to save time and money by beginning graduate level coursework while still pursuing their bachelor's degree.

See the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements of the program. 

Visit Graduate Admissions for more information.


Cost Per Credit: $842.21*
Total Tuition (based on 36 credits): $30,319*

Out-of-state/International Students

Cost Per Credit: $1,496.66*
Total Tuition (based on 36 credits): $53,879*

*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2019-2020 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.


For more information on tuition and financing, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.

Our program prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of professional roles and capacities within government, health and human services, and community and educational organizations. Many graduates attain jobs in program development, management and evaluation. Others work as community advocates or in roles that address local, state and national policy. The CSP program also prepares students for research positions and doctoral study.

Why Study Community Social Psychology at UMass Lowell?


“The professors are very hands-on. They’re always willing to mentor, give career advice and help promote my research interests.”

A research assistantship helped Liz Ejaife continue into the Master’s program in Community Social Psychology – and gave her valuable research experience. Read more

Three women work on a project out in the community together.

Engage with the Community

We have developed close relationships with several community-based organizations throughout the Greater Lowell area. In addition, community leaders participate in many courses and supervise practicum placements. Students receive hands-on experience working with faculty and community members. Learn more


Real-world Job Training

Graduates of our master's program have a bright future. CSP graduates are qualified for and are successful in finding high-level positions in many fields. Learn more