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Psychological Studies  Master of Education

Advance your career or expand your teaching capabilities by growing your knowledge base with a Master of Education in Psychological Studies. This program will enable you to help your clients or students even more by gaining deep knowledge in topics you choose. Choose your preferred format: fully online (asynchronous) or hybrid/campus-remote. You can earn this degree in as few as 14 months.

36 Credits
Starts September 3, 2024
36 Credits
Starts September 2, 2024


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Psychological Studies Program Overview

The Psychological Studies degree from Cambridge College is a non-licensure graduate program that explores a broad range of psychological perspectives. This elective-driven master’s degree program gives you the opportunity to refine your skills, gain valuable knowledge and experience personal development. The Psychological Studies major also emphasizes the needs of an evolving multicultural society.

Psychological Studies Degree Program Highlights and Learning Outcomes

As a professional at the intersection of education and psychology, you can benefit from the interpersonal skills and effective communication training in this Master of Education program. The coursework is highly applicable not only to students of psychology but also to professionals in human resources, marketing, counseling and education.

As a Master of Education in Psychological Studies student, you’ll explore a broad range of psychological principles and target your specific areas of interest, from human development and trauma studies, to addiction, psychotherapy and more. You’ll build a strong foundation in the following topics:

  • Comprehensive understanding of psychology
  • Counseling theory, including knowledge in assessment and resources
  • Cultural and racial dynamics
  • Roles on interdisciplinary teams, ethics and laws
  • Small group dynamics and processes
  • How leadership styles influence group processes
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Self-awareness and personal growth
  • Communication and personal skills

What is Psychological Studies?

Psychology is the study of the human mind and human behavior. By studying psychology in this MEd program at Cambridge College, you'll explore topics such as counseling theory, the psychological and biological aspects of human development, addiction disorders and the role of culture in mental health.

Choose Cambridge College

The Psychological Studies program at Cambridge College offers a flexible, hands-on master’s degree option for adult learners. It's a unique opportunity to tailor your education to fit your interests and career path.

  • Experiential learning: The program features research, experiential exercises and career development opportunities that allow you to apply your learning to real-world situations.
  • No GRE or MAT scores required: Cambridge College’s no-hassle application and admissions process lets you start your Psychological Studies degree quickly. Apply without taking the GRE or MAT exams.
  • Flexible class options: Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, the Psychological Studies program is taught in two formats. You can choose to enroll in the fully online (asynchronous) program where you decide your class and study time each week. Or you can select the hybrid option and attend a mix of on-campus and remote (Zoom) sessions, where classes take place on nights and weekends.
  • Convenient location: Attend in-person classes at our Boston campus which is a 5-minute walk from the Orange Line and offers free parking for students.
  • World-class faculty: At Cambridge College, you’ll work closely with expert faculty who bring diverse psychology research and professional counseling experience into your learning experience.
  • Diverse students: Cambridge College welcomes 300+ students from 50+ different countries around the world and was recently ranked as one of the Most Ethnically Diverse Colleges in America by Best College Reviews, giving you the opportunity to work with other adult learners from all over the world.
  • Exceptional value: As one of the most affordable private nonprofit colleges in the nation, Cambridge College offers quality education at a low tuition rate.

"As a working professional, I was able to obtain my MEd without disturbing my daily routine. The faculty and staff at Cambridge College are mostly working in the field and understand the demands of work-life balance. I was promoted within two months of my degree attainment, and I truly cannot thank my professors enough for aiding me to get there."

Lisa W.
Psychological Studies (MEd '22)

Psychological Studies MEd Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Cost Per Credit$639
Credits* 36 credits
Total Program Tuition $23,004
Cost Per Credit$639
Credits* 36 credits
Total Program Tuition $23,004

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Master's Degree in Psychological Studies Concentrations

Add an Addictions Counseling concentration to focus your Psychological Studies degree even more. Note: Only available with hybrid option.


Prospective graduate degree students for programs in the School of Education & Counseling must satisfy the following requirements plus any program-specific requirements your program may have.

  1. Complete and sign the online application.
  2. Pay the application fee. Pay your $50 ($100 for international students) application fee by the term start date.
  3. Send official transcripts. Maildirectly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts. Required degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities.
    • Master's and most graduate certificate programs require an earned bachelor's degree.
    • Post-master's certificates and CAGS require an earned master's degree.
    • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency. See all international student requirements
  4. Send your résumé and work experience. Send your resume that details your education and work experience, including how they pertain to your career goals. If your SEC program has a work experience requirement, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  5. Submit your personal statement. Write a 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay describing your professional experience, goals and objectives for graduate study. How do you expect your graduate studies to enhance your future career?
  6. Include two professional recommendations (not required for fully online programs). These should address your professional character and ability to perform graduate work. Download Applicant Recommendation Form
  7. Interview (required for some programs). If your program requires an interview, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  8. Satisfy Health Insurance & Immunization requirements. (Massachusetts only). These are required only for graduate students taking six or more credits per term in Massachusetts through on-campus or hybrid classes. Health insurance may be waived.

Teacher Licensure Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed above, our Teacher Licensure Programs have these additional requirements:

  1. Earned bachelor's degree with 3.0 or higher GPA.
  2. MA Educator Documentation from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. Keep copies of all documents submitted and, upon admission, post in your electronic portfolio:
    1. Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID (MEPID number)
    2. MTEL Communication & Literacy Test, successfully completed.

Required if completed:

  • Massachusetts preliminary license, if held
  • Sheltered English Instruction requirement
  • Fingerprinting and Criminal Offender Record Information

Applicants who do not initially meet all requirements (e.g. GPA of 3.0 or MTEL) for admission into their chosen licensure program must enroll in the corresponding non-licensure degree option. Students who achieve a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the first three SEC courses, pass the MTELs, and now meet all requirements, may request a change of program.

Disclosures: For all Licensure Programs

  • Licensure requirements are subject to change per Massachusetts regulations. All Cambridge College licensure programs are based on current regulations.
  • All candidates admitted for licensure programs must successfully complete the program in its entirety.
  • All requirements at the time of program completion must be finalized prior to seeking Massachusetts endorsement for licensure purposes.
  • If you have any licensure questions, please speak to your program chair.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

An interview is required for the hybrid program.

Careers in Psychological Studies

Consider this degree option if you’re a health or human services professional, educator, life coach, mentor or lawyer. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, several psychology-related jobs are projected to grow from 2022 to 2032. For example, substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselor positions are predicted to increase by 18 percent over that decade.*

The median annual salary for those with a psychology degree is $53,000.* Though the average changes depending on the specific job title — the median salary for a psychologist is $85,330 per year.**

Additionally, those working in public schools using credit/degree based pay scales (varies by state and district) may benefit from increased salary advancement with a master's degree.


Projected job growth for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselor positions from 2022 to 2032*


Median annual salary for a psychologist**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of Degree: Psychology, (visited November 17, 2023).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists, (visited November 17, 2023).

Psychological Studies Jobs

Graduates with the Psychological Studies degree will be prepared for advancement in human services careers that do not require licensure. Psychology careers that do not require a license may include positions in:

  • Supervisory roles at human service agencies like DMH, DPH, DCF, DYS and DDS
  • Mental health programs
  • Drug and alcohol recovery programs
  • Shelters for the homeless
  • Teaching and mentoring positions with colleges and universities

The MEd in Psychological Studies degree also prepares you to seek a doctoral degree.

Faculty Spotlight

Linda A. Kuramoto

Linda A. Kuramoto


Program Chair, Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling and Senior Instructor

Ms. Kuramoto has a diverse blend of counseling and corporate backgrounds as a mental health clinician, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) consultant, vocational rehabilitation counselor, human resource manager, international management consultant, and senior corporate manager. Her broad experiences provide a deep understanding of the employment and mental health needs of individuals with cognitive, intellectual, psychological, and physical disabilities and chronic illness from the employee...