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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.
There is a Priority Application Deadline on March 15. Applicants who wish to meet the Priority Deadline should ensure that their applications, including external materials (e.g., GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc.), are complete and ready for review by March 15. Review of applications by the program's Admissions Committee will commence on that date. Applicants who meet the Priority Deadline will have their application fee waived and receive priority consideration for scholarships or assistantships.
Applications can be submitted anytime after March 15 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all available spots are filled.
Students are encouraged to begin coursework in the fall semester because of the timing and sequence of required courses.
Matriculated students in Community Social Psychology are allowed to transfer up to 12 credits of graduate course work completed with a grade of B or better taken in other departments at UMass Lowell or at other accredited universities, provided that such courses are within the content area of community social psychology and do not involve credit for field experience or professional work. Such transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator and the Registrar's Office.
While the program in Community Social Psychology provides for full-time study, part-time students are encouraged to apply. Most courses are offered at late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate students who are employed. Students not pursuing an advanced degree or who wish to begin their graduate study without first applying for matriculated status are invited to register as non-degree students for specific graduate courses on a space-available basis.
If a non-degree student later applies for acceptance into the master’s program, his/her application will be treated equally with those of other new applicants, though performance in graduate courses taken on campus may be used as an additional admissions criterion. Non-degree students accepted as matriculated students may apply to transfer a maximum of 12 graduate credits earned at the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a grade of "B" or better toward the master’s degree (but students may be encouraged to formally apply to the program after completing 6 CSP credits).
*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2021-2022 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.
A research assistantship helped Liz Ejaife continue into the Master’s program in Community Social Psychology – and gave her valuable research experience. Read more
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
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