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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. We encourage students from all backgrounds to apply.

Our 36-credit Master’s degree program, provides opportunities for in-class learning experiences, field study, independent study and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students are required to take seven core courses: 

  • Introduction to Community Social Psychology 
  • Applied Research Methods 
  • 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 the current information on the CSP program, please visit the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Why Study Community Social Psychology at UMass Lowell?


Gain Hands-On Experience

Campus and community-based learning experiences are integrated throughout our curriculum. Skills are further developed and applied in an advanced two-semester field placement, often within Lowell.

Expand Your Career Options

Our graduates are prepared for leadership positions in government, health and human services, and community and educational organizations in a variety of professional roles and capacities.
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Access Resources

Our “laboratory” is the community. We have close relationships with community-based organizations and leaders throughout Greater Lowell who participate in many of our courses and practicum placements. In addition, our faculty is engaged in a variety of research endeavors including work through various labs, groups, and centers.