Master’s Degree Program

Boston University’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences offers great opportunities for conducting research alongside leading faculty. U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston University #37 in the world (tied with Cornell University) for the strength of its combined psychiatry/psychology faculty research strength—a ranking to which BU psychological and brain sciences faculty contribute greatly. 

BU’s Master of Arts in Psychology provides the flexibility to pursue a variety of areas in psychology, building on a common foundation of scientific methodologies. Our students are exposed to different aspects of the field through completion of coursework and developing an independent project with a faculty member. Particular strengths of the program include cognition, neuroscience, developmental science, and clinical psychology. This program is ideal for students who wish to strengthen their understanding of research methodology and clarify their interest in the field in preparation for employment or advanced graduate training.

Program Opportunities and Requirements

  • Rigorous eight-course program leading to MA degree in one year
  • Course offerings in a variety of specializations including clinical psychology, developmental psychology and brain, behavior and cognition
  • Emphasis on building foundation in research methodology
  • Opportunities to work closely with faculty on a Directed Study

Most graduate-level courses offered by the department are open to MA students and all faculty are available for academic supervision. Faculty are actively engaged in psychological research, which provides ample opportunity for students to participate in ongoing projects.

For more details about the MA in Psychology program’s requirements and structure, refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.

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