Program Overview

William James College offers a Doctor of Psychology in Leadership Psychology for all interested students. Leadership psychology is focused on how leaders organize resources for change.  In today’s world there is a need to develop leaders who can create change, and this program helps to support these leaders with the change.

During the program, students will learn the theory and practice behind leadership in psychology and more about themselves and their personal skills as a leader. Students who complete the Doctor of Psychology in Leadership Psychology will gain skills that are beneficial and necessary in their career fields. A few of these skills include grounding in psychological principles of leadership and leadership psychology theory. Students will learn how to perform as organizational leaders and learn the methodological skills to contribute to the general knowledge about organizational leadership.

The Doctor of Psychology in Leadership Psychology program goal is to help individual students fulfill all of their careers goals the best they can. The courses are built to prepare students for a broad range of organizations and institutions they may be interested in.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    A masters degree is required. All applicants must submit official translations of all non-US transcripts. Completion of an online application (with essay), submission of all required supporting documents and an interview are required. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

    Program is taught both online and with three in-person residencies in the Fall, Spring and Summer in Boston and is delivered in a cohort model.

    School Overview

    On May 7, 2015, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, founded in 1974, officially adopted our new name, William James College. William James is an independent graduate college of psychology that educates culturally sensitive professionals to improve the mental health of individuals and organizations. Emphasizing experiential education, the school attracts developing professionals eager to become leaders and to advance mental health care. Its namesake, William James (1842-1910), the founder of American psychology, is considered to be one of the most influential and innovative thinkers of the 19th century.

    William James College awards master's and doctoral degrees within the following departments:

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Counseling
    • Organizational and Leadership Psychology
    • School Psychology

    Several programs are offered in fully online or blended formats.


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