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Psychology is the scientific exploration of human behavior. Our curriculum offers a broad introduction to this dynamic and diverse field, with an emphasis on the understanding and design of research. The study of human behavior can prepare you for many different careers, from business to education and the social sciences. 

You'll also investigate psychology's subfields through courses that consider:

  • our biological heritage: physiological psychology, perception
  • basic human functioning: cognition, learning, personality, social
  • applied fields: counseling, behavior modification, organizational psychology, community psychology

You'll work with faculty who:

  • study the theoretical, such as hemispheric specialization within the brain, and semantic processing of memory
  • conduct applied research, such as the control of obesity, chronic pain, and stress
  • are leaders in the mental health community and bring their expertise to the classroom

Psychology graduates work in fields such as human resources, software and product development, and communications. Further education will open paths toward research and clinical practice.

For the BA in psychology, you'll complete at least 34 credit hours in courses related to your major, and 120 credits overall.

If you are interested in a career in counseling, you can take the 3-course counseling sequence, which introduces the applied aspects of psychology.

If you are interested in research and considering graduate study in psychology, you'll have the opportunity to pursue honors research or independent study.

Enrollment in the 4+1 Teacher Preparation program allows undergraduate students to begin the education coursework towards a master’s degree in teaching (MAT) as early as the sophomore year. Half of the degree is completed as an undergraduate, reducing the time and costs of earning a graduate degree.

Student success

Naomi Mwangi '25 pictured in the Grove
Psychology student wins spot in NSF's REU program

Naomi Mwangi '25 will study Mind, Brain, Body, and Behavior at Emory University in Atlanta

Graduate School Placements

  • Bentley College
  • Lesley University
  • North Carolina State University
  • UMass Law
  • UMass Dartmouth

Career Placements

  • ABA Intervention Tanja Haas (Germany)
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Beacon ABA Services
  • Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
  • Center for Life Management
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Systems
  • Northeast Behavioral Associates
  • Southeastern Counseling Associates

UMassD advantages

100% of psychology majors in the class of 2022 were either employed or enrolled in further studies within six months of graduation. At UMass Dartmouth, psychology majors are eligible for accelerated 4+1 master's degrees in teaching or psychology research.


Expand your opportunities

  • BA/MA Program: Our BA/MA fast-track program enables qualified students to complete both the BA and the MA in Research Psychology, in 5 rather than 6 years.
  • The psychology department offers a graduate program leading to an MA in Psychology, with options in clinical psychology, research psychology, and applied behavior analysis.
  • Behavior Analyst Certificate Program: We also offer a 2 year post-master's program: the Behavior Analyst Certificate Program. Course content is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and meets the requirement to sit for the BACB® exam.

Teacher preparation

Your path to becoming a middle or high school teacher in Psychology.

Psychology faculty

Andrea Macaulay
Andrew Revell
Andrew Revell, PhD
Anna Schierberl Scherr, PhD
Brian Ayotte
Brian Ayotte, PhD
Elizabeth Richardson
Elizabeth Richardson, PhD
Heliosa Alves
Heloisa Alves, PhD
Joshua Masse
Joshua Masse, PhD
Kevin Holden
Kevin Holden
Melanie DuBard
Melanie DuBard, PhD
Mahzad Hojjat
Mahzad Hojjat, PhD
Mary Kayyal
Mary Kayyal, PhD
Nicholas Zambrotta
Nicholas Zambrotta, PhD
Patrice Hartnett
Patrice Hartnett, PhD
Rowland Barrett, PhD
Ralph Carlini
Raina Lamade, PhD
Robin Arkerson
Robin Arkerson, PhD
Thomas Boone
R. Thomas Boone
Trina Kershaw
Trina Kershaw, PhD
Ted Powers
Ted Powers, PhD
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