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William James College

William James College strives to be a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. We assume an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines to meet the evolving mental health needs of society.


On May 7, 2015, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, founded in 1974, officially adopted our new name, William James College.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, and he was the mentor to, among others, John Dewey, the architect of experiential learning


Since our founding, an education at MSPP/William James College has meant classroom instruction that creatively integrates psychological theory and research with critical self-knowledge and clinical illustrations offered by supervisors, colleagues and a practitioner faculty.


Research and scholarship are core values at William James College.  The Office of Research (OR) is charged with advancing that agenda through leadership and support to the entire community.William James College is committed to social responsibility, social justice, and professional development through experiential education.  OR supports decision-makers in these and other emerging areas of practice through identifying, collecting, or supporting the collection of reliable, valid and timely data, analysis and interpretation.


Career Services offers career guidance and employment counseling, workshops, events, and resources to students and alumni across disciplines. Career Services collaborates with Alumni Relations, Field Education, and Academic Departments to help guide students and alumni through the many stages of their career development process.

Student services

The Dean of Students office is here to help you make the most of your time at William James College.  Whether you’re seeking academic support, increasing your involvement in student life, career services, or searching for personal support and self-care – our team is here to assist you.  Our office works to support individual students, collaborates with student leadership and organizations, and creates community and social programming for the William James community.

Housing services

Housing in Boston in the Fall is scarce and expensive, for this reason we suggest you begin your search early. The downtown section of Boston tends to be high priced, while the surrounding communities tend to be more abundant and affordable.  The great majority of students live in communities such as: Allston, Jamaica Plain, Brighton, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park or suburbs such as Brookline, Dedham, Newton, Cambridge, Somerville, to name a few.

Library services

Our Library is an information and service referral center designed to support the research needs of the students and faculty. The library maintains a core collection of books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, psychological testing kits, and newsletters. Comprehensive interlibrary loan services, computer services, and online reference databases are also available.

ICT services

Our Information Technology staff is available to assist you by providing solutions to your computing needs.  Other services we provide include but are not limited to:

  • Computer Virus/Malware cleanup
  • Computer Hardware, Network, WIFI, Printing troubleshooting
  • Temporary Lending Laptops
  • College Network Account Issues
  • College ID Cards
  • Technology Solutions Consultation for Academic Projects

Medical services

The Dean of Students office is here to help students through any difficulty they may have whether it is academic or personal in nature.  Students are advised that they may always seek out assistance from the Dean of Students team where we can either help resolve concerns, or point students towards the most appropriate resource.

Student clubs

The  Dr. Leon O. Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation at William James College provides comprehensive psychological assessment to address problems of learning and adjustment for children, adolescents and adults. On the Center’s staff are senior psychologists, doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows who work as a team to provide comprehensive evaluations, jargon-free reports, consultation and advocacy to facilitate the implementation of assessment recommendations.

  • The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and the School Psychology Doctoral Program at William James College are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), demonstrating their compliance with the APA Criteria for Accreditation implemented in a manner consistent with its publicly stated goals and objectives
  • .William James College is authorized by the Department of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant Doctoral, CAGS and MA degrees.
  • The MA/CAGS School Psychology Programat William James College is approved by theNational Association of School Psychologists(NASP)..

Newton, Massachusetts, United States

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