Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists at (617) 727-9925 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Massachusetts psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate
The fact that you are already researching Massachusetts psychologist licensure requirements shows you have motivation. At this point, you are certainly ahead of the curve. But it is no time to rest. Use your momentum and learn how you can expedite your journey into a successful career in the field of psychology.
The following are two steps you should be taking that are vital to securing your future in a strong professional career.
Education. This step is by far the most important and should consume your energy until you are safely enrolled in a college degree program.
Massachusetts psychologist licensure requires applicants hold a doctoral degree. Secondly, if you decide to head into a different field or profession, a college degree is an absolutely essential credential when being considered for a professional position. Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology programs!
After securing enrollment in a college degree program, you should begin learning more about career fields in psychology and more about yourself. Many people charge down a particular career path only to find the career environment does not suit their liking.
You can help yourself avoid this kind of annoyance by gaining experience in similar environments right now. One great way to do this is by volunteering. You will quickly learn whether pursuing a career based on helping others is right for you.
In addition, volunteer work is a great way to boost your work resume and your college application. Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in Massachusetts:
- ACT Community Service Center (Amherst)
- Boston Cares
- Community Teamwork Inc. (Lowell)
- United Way of Central Massachusetts (Worcester)
If volunteering is out of the question, look to find paid work or speak with professors about career options as soon as possible in your academic career.
Already Received Bachelor's or Master's Degree
Once you have your undergraduate or Master's degree you will need to continue on and earn your doctorate degree in psychology, educational psychology or an education degree that specializes in counseling psychology or educational psychology from an accredited college or university.
Contact schools offering Master's, PhD or PsyD programs you are interested in.
When choosing a Master's or Doctoral program, you will be narrowing your career focus. Since there are a large variety of areas where you can go within the field of psychology, it would be wise to speak with the career services personnel at your school to learn more about various opportunities you may participate in to boost yourself higher on the list of possible applicants for school and/or for a professional position once you have completed your schooling.
I Have Finished PhD or PsyD
Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in Massachusetts.
The first step after enrolling in a doctoral degree program is to learn how you can begin gaining supervised work experience. You can begin earning supervised work hours after being in graduate school for one year.
A total of 3,200 hours needs to be met with at least 1,600 hours completed after receiving your doctoral degree. Your supervisor needs to meet certain qualifications approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists before you can begin earning your hours.
For more information regarding supervised hour requirements and supervisor qualifications, browse the following Massachusetts Board webpage.
Next, you should download the Massachusetts psychologist licensure application and submit the application along with any other necessary forms and fees to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists.
Once the Board has evaluated your application and approved your qualifications, they will notify you of your eligibility to sit for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
Details about the EPPP can be found on the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards website. In addition, Massachusetts also requires you to pass a state jurisprudence exam. Contact the Massachusetts Board for more information about the state administered exam, contact information for the MA Board.