Department of Psychology College of Science Northeastern University

Department of Psychology College of Science Northeastern University

Boston, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


A Close-Knit Graduate Research Community at a High-Ranking University

Northeastern University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university offers more than 125 programs at the graduate level. Northeastern University is considered one of the nation's top universities for graduate studies in counseling and educational psychology.

Graduate programs in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology reflect Northeastern University's tradition of practice-oriented education with an ecological and multicultural focus. Students andfaculty members come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and create a dynamic learning environment where field experience, interdisciplinary study, and an integration of science and practice converge.

Overview of Graduate Programs

Northeastern University's Department of Counseling and Applied Education Psychology is situated within the university's Bouve College of Health Sciences. Master of Science degree programs are offered in college student development counseling, school counseling, school psychology, counseling psychology. Additionally, the department a certificate, masters, Certificate of Advanced Study in applied behavior analysis. Doctoral degree programs in counseling psychology and school psychology are also offered.

A certificate in Early Intervention (EI) can be earned either independently or integrated into a graduate degree program of study in speech-language pathology and audiology, school psychology, counseling psychology, or physical therapy.

MS/CAGS in College Student Development Counseling

The goal of the master's degree program in College Student Development Counseling at Northeastern University is to create mindful, action-oriented leaders in higher education and student affairs. The program focuses on mental health, counseling, college student development, the history and philosophy of the student affairs profession, and the organization and administration of the field.

The curriculum addresses issues of diversity and globalization, technology adaptations and advancements, financial constraints, and a changing political culture, within the rapidly changing field of college student development.

MS/CAGS in School Psychology

The purpose of this program is to develop highly competent school psychologists to conduct psychological, educational, and behavioral assessments to design effective interventions, practice prevention, counsel children and parents, consult with teachers and parents, and perform in-service training. The program has an ecological, multi-level systems approach to school psychology within a mental health and well-being context.

MS/CAGS in Counseling Psychology

The Northeastern University offers a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) degree program. In addition, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is for students who already hold a master's degree and wish further study to enhance their abilities and career prospects.

The philosophy of the MSCP degree program at Northeastern University follows an ecological model of development and intervention. The program studies the way people interact in their environments -- family, cultural background, social, economic, cultural, and political structures.

The program offers students a choice of specific concentrations within the general master's program, including health psychology; forensic counseling; early intervention; child and adolescent psychology; and cultural, gender, and political psychology.

Certificate, MS and CAGS in applied Behavior Analysis

Mastering behavioral teaching and treatment procedures prepares you to assist others in reaching their full potential. As a behavioral specialist, you can help children and adults with autism to achieve independence in activities of daily living, communicate effectively with others, participate in community activities, acquire academic skills, and engage in positive social interactions.

The Northeastern University Applied Behavior Analysis programs, which include certificate, Master of Science, and CAGS programs, are designed to develop teaching and intervention skills. Lectures are built around projects that can be completed either in the workplace or elsewhere in the community. These projects include functional analyses, preference assessments, intervention programs, and other procedures directly related to the practice of applied behavior analysis. Whenever possible, learning partnerships are formed between Northeastern University and students' employers that incorporate work supervisors into the teaching processes. Workplace discussion groups and team projects link practice to studies.

The courses, which are both online and hybrid, fit contemporary lifestyles and make use of modern technology such as podcasts and Wimba classrooms. These features permit flexible schedules while creating increased communication with instructors and fellow students. All Northeastern Applied Behavior Analysis programs contain the content students need to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam.

PhD in School Psychology

Northeastern University's doctoral program in school psychology trains the next generation of leaders in school psychology. The program emphasizes scientifically-based practice in urban schools, community centers, and hospitals, alongside translational research related to health promotion and education of children and their families.

The program has 4 areas of focus: prevention of health-related and educational problems in young children; the reciprocal influence of science and practice in a multicultural and urban context; development of leadership skills in researchers and practitioners; and interdisciplinary research and practice.

PhD in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology PhD degree program prepares students who have attained a masters degree in counseling psychology for professional counseling psychology practice and research in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, families, and adults from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The program emphasizes multicultural competence; problem prevention and health promoting practices; an ecological and community-oriented approach; and a developed expertise in outcome and counseling research.

Early Intervention Certificate

Northeastern's Early Intervention (EI) program prepares students to work with infants and toddlers with known disabilities or those at risk for developmental delay. The EI specialization may be pursued as an independent certificate program, or embedded into a graduate degree program in speech-language pathology and audiology, school psychology, counseling psychology, or physical therapy. Individuals already working in the EI field may pursue the certificate program in the context of their employment.

Experiential Learning

Boston is one of the world's foremost centers for health treatment and research. NU has excellent relationships with numerous hospitals, clinics, health centers, shelters, and community service agencies. Clinical training at Northeastern University is student-selected from sites approved by the department and represents a full range of practice settings for mental health counselors and psychologists.

Attractive Urban Campus in the Cultural District

Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston in the Fenway Cultural District, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Fenway, Roxbury, and Back Bay. Since the late 1990s, Northeastern University has been considered a model of design for urban universities and has twice won the "most beautiful new or renovated exterior space" award.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Department of Psychology

College of Science
Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States

Dr. Joanne Miller


Phone: 617-373-3076
Fax: 617-373-8714

Dr. Judith Hall

Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 617-373-3790
Fax: 617-373-8714

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Experimental Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


4% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 195
    • Accepted 8
    • Acceptance Rate 4
    • Enrolled 7
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 1st January 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Health Care Benefits, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian76%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian21%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBehavioral, neuroscience language and cognition, perception, personality and social
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

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