Program Overview

William James College offers a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology. Through this program students will learn how to maximize human performance with effective team dynamics, change strategies, and leadership competencies.

The Organizational Psychology program prepares students to develop skills necessary for their careers in organizational development, change management, consulting and human resources. The program is offered online or as a hybrid option, allowing students to obtain their master's while maintaining their current job. 

The program is built on a foundation of psychology of human behavior and organizational behavior and development concepts. The curriculum blends together theories of individual, group, and systems behavior through case studies, applied projects, and research. Students learn to go beyond technical solutions, and instead use other modes of change that use culture, values and beliefs to create positive change.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology will have the tools to provide leadership for desired change while still taking into account the stakeholders needs. With these skills, graduates will be able to work as independent consultants within organizations. To improve efficiency and quality of work life in the workplace, graduates will be able to apply their research methods and psychological principles they have learned.

Possible career areas for graduates include: leadership development, team-building, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness roles. This master's program prepares students for profit, non-profit, government and educational settings.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: Yes

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    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.

    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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