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Program Details

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology offers a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology in Higher Education Student Personnel Administration. This program can be completed entirely online, therefore there is no onsite residency required. This option makes it easier for students to complete their program outside of the Boston area and manage other responsibilities in their lives too.

Along with the online courses, students are required to complete an 80-hour field project. This project may be completed at the students worksite; however, they are allowed to complete the field project at other worksites as well. This field project is designed to provide students the opportunity to focus on developing and demonstrating competency with their performance skills. After everything is completed, the student’s work will be complied into an e-portfolio to help position them into the next step.

The program is only a Master's program that spans over a 12-month period. It is run as a cohort model and courses will be taken in sequence. There are a total of 30 credit hours to complete the full masters degree.

The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology in Higher Education Student Personnel Administration is geared towards professionals looking to enhance their careers. These careers include student affairs/students life administrators, directors of housing/residence life, student union and student activities directors, student counselors, career development advisors and many more.

Once students have completed the Master's program they will be well prepared with the combination of coursework and field educational experiences. Graduates will also demonstrate the following values: diversity, learning, integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship, and the spirit of inquiry.


All applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited US institution, or its equivalent, by the start date of enrollment. 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.

Accreditation & Licensing

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

Has full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.