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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology

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.

Campus Information

Lowell

UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A foreign credential evaluation is required for degrees earned outside of the U.S.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of3.0 or better. At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, students may be admitted with a grade point average below 3.0 if they have substantive work experience in the field.
  • Academic background in psychology or a closely related field. We prefer to see at least 18 credits in psychology or a related field, including at least one course in research methods.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, on both verbal and quantitative, or scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

GRE/GMAT scores may be waived if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • Are a current UMass Lowell student qualifying for the BA/MA program.
  • Earned a BA or BS with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater at UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst, UMass Boston or UMass Dartmouth in the past 5 years.
  • Earned a BA or BS with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater from an accredited university in the United States or Canada in the past 5 years.
  • Have taken two or more UMass Lowell graduate courses (as a matriculated or non-matriculated student) and earned at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Hold a graduate degree (master's, Ph.D., J.D., etc.) from an accredited university in the United States or Canada.
  • Have at least three years of full-time professional work experience (paid or unpaid) that is relevant to Community Social Psychology.
  • Three letters of recommendation including at least one and preferably more than one, from a recent or current professor.
  • A personal statement. A 500-750 word personal statement explaining your interests in CSP and how you believe the degree will help you meet your career goals. Specifically, please include a description of your:
    • Academic background
    • Career aspirations and how completing a degree in community social psychology supports your career goals
    • Relevant experience including undergraduate campus involvement, community-based projects, research involvement, and/or relevant paid work experiences that reflect your interest in social justice issues.
  • A 250-300 word essay in which you identify and discuss a current social issue of interest to you.
  • A resume summarizing education and work experience
  • Students from whom English is not a national language must also submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 570 for the paper test and for the new Internet-based test the aggregate minimum is 79. The minimum IELTS score is 65.

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.