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Career Opportunities

General Information

Graduates of our Master's program have a bright job future. Our graduates are qualified for and are successful in finding high-level positions in many fields, including the following:

  • Leaders in the nonprofit sector, where they may become managers, supervisors, or directors of a variety of human service and community organizations
  • Specialists in prevention programming and health promotion
  • Program evaluators, grant writers, and strategic planning specialists for a wide range of programs and organizations
  • Policy planners and program developers for local or state governments
  • 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
  • Human resource administrators and in the community service, public relations, or foundation giving sides of corporate life

Please note: our program is not designed for students who plan to pursue careers as direct service mental health providers. Most states require licensure for mental health providers, and our program is not designed to address the educational requirements set by most state licensing boards.

Sample Alumni Job Titles

  • 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
  • Director of Substance Abuse Programming for a city government
  • Director, Area Agency on Aging
  • Community Liaison, mid-sized city police department
  • Director of Admissions at a community college
  • Director of a University Research Center
  • Recreation Coordinator, public school system

Skills Translate into Jobs

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. They have learned to think critically about issues of social justice and social change. These skills are useful in a wide variety of job situations, and they are highly valued by employers.

Classes offered in the CSP program such as grant writing and program evaluation – as well as the capstone, full-year practicum – provide important skill sets, hands-on experience in the community, as well as resume building opportunities.


  • 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 – both through our core courses and through additional optional research opportunities. Some of our students go 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 students and recent graduates.

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