AB in Psychology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (AB PSY) is a four year degree program that helps students understand human behavior and different thinking processes through the use of basic scientific principles and psychological theories.

The AB PSY program equips students with the knowledge and skills to assess and conduct empirical research regarding individual and group behavior by integrating subjects in personality, human development and psychological testing.

Subjects and Curriculum

The AB PSY curriculum contains both General Education Subjects (English, Math, Filipino, Social Sciences and Humanities) and Professional Subjects (subjects related to Psychology).

Examples of Professional Subjects include:
  • General Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology and Counseling
  • Human Behavior in Organization

Elective subjects are also integrated in the AB PSY curriculum, and include:
  • Current Issues in Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Filipino Psychology
  • Group Dynamics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Family Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

The AB PSY program is taught to students through classroom discussions and clinical exposures. In addition, students also need to attend an internship or a practicum in a company or organization where they can practice the lessons that they’ve learned during classroom lectures.

As a requirement for graduation, some schools require students to accomplish a research paper and defend it facing a panel composed of faculty members and an expert in the field of psychology.

Is Psychology a profession?

Many careers in the field of psychology are considered a profession. A graduate of AB in Psychology who passes the relevant board exams might be employed as a Psychometrician, a Guidance Counselor or a Psychologist (which also requires a Master’s degree), all of which are considered to be professions.

The career paths for each of these professions are described later on, as well as their corresponding board examinations.

What are the admission requirements for the AB in Psychology program?

Requirements at each school may differ, but these are the common requirements:
  • Must be a high school graduate.
    Those who did not complete high school education may opt to first attend Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college. However, some universities only offer selected courses for PEPT passers.
  • College entrance exam: must pass the college entrance examination with a specified rating set by the school.
  • Interview: must pass the interview conducted by the college dean/faculty.
(See source)

What skills, traits and attitude will help you succeed in this course?

  • Inquisitiveness – a desire to understand the inner workings of the human mind and to discover why people act and think the way they do.
  • Inter-personal skills – able to work well with varying groups of people and understand the reasons behind their actions and behavior
  • Intra-personal skills – this includes the personal capacity for self–reflection and assessment. You must be able to understand yourself in order to understand others.
  • Analytical skills – the ability to understand the complexity of human behavior with the use of scientific method to analyze and measure the variations for certain actions.
  • Decision making skills – suggesting courses of action for different individuals requires gathering evidence, assessing probable consequences and making quick yet difficult judgment calls.
  • Communication skills – has excellent written and oral communication skills and can effectively communicate with diverse groups of people.
  • Patience – understands that significant periods of time can pass before substantial results can be seen.
  • Being an effective listener – you must be an active listener who understands the uniqueness of every person and yet communicates in a patient manner in order to change the behavior of others.

How difficult is AB in Psychology?

AB in Psychology is not considered a difficult course. Although you need to learn certain theories and principles to properly deal with different kinds of people, these lessons are not particularly difficult to understand. Also, the workload involved when studying this course is not as heavy compared to many other courses.

How long does it take to complete the AB PSY program in the Philippines?

The AB PSY program takes four years to complete (Note: this may change due to the K-12 integration). The program may be completed in a shorter time in schools that follow the trimestral curriculum.

Review for the board examinations (if you wish to take them) will take a few additional months.

AB in Psychology vs. BS in Psychology

The AB in Psychology program focuses more on the social aspects of the study of human behavior and psychological function. In addition, it discusses psychology in the context of environmental or external factors rather than combining it with science.

The BS in Psychology degree has a heavy biological and physical sciences emphasis; it is considered to be more specialized and specific. In addition, the B.S. Psychology course requires more laboratory, statistics and science classes. B.S. students are also trained to become more computer-oriented, knowledgeable with technology and other practical skills needed for a particular discipline within the field.

While one degree is not necessarily better than another, some educational experts suggest that students who earn a B.S. degree in psychology have greater flexibility and more career opportunities.

Practicum in Psychology

A student of the AB PSY program is required to attend a practicum where he/she will be assigned in different units of an organization, company, or institution by a practicum on-site supervisor, as approved by the practicum faculty coordinator. During the practicum, students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice their skills in actual settings.

The student is required to finish a total of 150 hours for the Practicum in Psychology. (See sources 1 and 2)

Relevant Board Examinations

A graduate of AB in Psychology has three board examinations in respective fields:
  • Licensure Examination for Psychometricians

    The exam for Psychometricians can be taken with a degree in Psychology, and without any work experience.
    A graduate of AB in Psychology who passes the Licensure Examination for Psychometricians is conferred the title as Licensed Psychometrician. Like the Licensure Exam for Psychologist, it is conducted by the Board of Psychology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The exam is conducted once a year in the month of August.
    The subjects covered in the exam include:
    • Theories of Personality
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Industrial Psychology
    • Psychological Assessment
    (See source)
  • Guidance Counselor Licensure Examination

    Graduates of AB in Psychology are allowed to take the Guidance Counselor Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Guidance Counseling under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The exam is conducted once a year in the month of August.
    The scope of the examination includes:
    • Philosophical, Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Guidance
    • Counseling Theories, Tools and Techniques
    • Psychological Testing
    • Organization and Administration of Guidance Services
    • Group Process and Program Development
    (See source)
  • Licensure Examination for Psychologist

    To be a licensed psychologist in the Philippines, a graduate of AB in Psychology needs to pass the Licensure Examination for Psychologist. The examination is conducted by the Board of Psychology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
    Before one can take this exam he/she must obtain a Master’s degree in Psychology and acquire a total of 200 hours of supervised practicum/internship/clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or other licensed mental health professionals. The Licensure Exam for Psychologist is a 2 day exam held once a year in the month of October.
    The subjects covered in the exam include:
    • Advanced Theories of Personality
    • Advanced Abnormal Psychology
    • Advanced Psychological Assessment
    • Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy
    (See source)

Career opportunities for AB PSY graduates

  • Jobs for licensed Psychometricians

    • Psychometrician – uses scientific methods and tools to accurately measure attitudes, personality traits and behavior for analysis. Conducts and disseminates tests, questionnaires and personality assessment sheets to patients and individuals.
  • Jobs for licensed Guidance Counselors

    • School Counselor – works in elementary, middle, and high schools to provide academic, career, college readiness, and personal/social competencies to all K-12 students through a school counseling program.
    • Career / Vocational Counselor – advises graduates and employees about career paths that would be suitable to their unique personalities and life circumstances.
    • Rehabilitation counselor – focused on helping people who have disabilities achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals through a counseling process.
    • Marriage, Couple and Family Counselor – assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness and psychological distress within the context of the marriage and family systems. They provide counseling services in several different areas including premarital counseling, relationship counseling, child counseling and separation.
    • Substance Abuse Counselor – trained in understanding the workings and pathology of addiction and helping patients learn how to manage their addictions.
  • Jobs for licensed Psychologists


    NOTE: becoming a licensed psychologist in the Philippines requires a Master’s degree in Psychology.
    • Educational Psychologist – works with students for both counseling appointments and also to examine flaws in educational systems and determining appropriate guidelines for faculty–student relations.
    • Clinical Psychologist – assesses diagnoses and treats patients suffering from various psychological disorders. Beyond psychoanalysis, the clinical psychologist is able to prescribe drugs for the treatment of mental illnesses.
    • Industrial / Organizational Psychologist – increases workplace productivity by determining which employees are suitable for given job descriptions while overseeing and maintaining the welfare of the organization.
    • Occupational Psychologist – apply psychological knowledge, theory and practice to the world of work. They aim to help an organization get the best performance from their employees and also to improve employees' job satisfaction.
    • Forensic Psychologist – works with law enforcement agencies to examine crime scenes and determine motives for criminal behavior.
    • Engineering Psychologist – examines the relations between humans and machines to determine ergonomic standards and suggest better technology for user capabilities.
    • Rehabilitation Specialist – work with people whose disabilities make it difficult for them to engage in a full spectrum of activities.
    • Sports Psychologist – focus on the psychological aspects of sports and athletics, including topics such as motivation, performance and injury.
  • Jobs for non-board passers:

    • Human Resources personnel – assists with recruitment and interview process; provides administrative support to the Human Resources Director on all personnel matters
    • Social service personnel – help individuals locate psychological resources in their community, providing counseling services directly to clients and other types of case management services.
  • Jobs not related to the AB PSY program

    • Call center agent – answers phone calls and inquiries of clients and provides customer support, usually to people from other countries
    • Administrative Staff – personnel responsible for the organization and management of office duties and tasks; positions that include office secretary, personal assistant and office clerk
    • Freelancer working online – doing online jobs for clients abroad, such as data entry, article writing, SEO, customer support, administrative support etc., which mainly depends on your skills
  • Salary Levels

    The salary level for AB in Psychology graduates depends on the field of work they are in, their level of experience and of course in their personal abilities.

    In the Philippines, a guidance counselor with 1 to 4 years of experience has an average salary of P10,000 to P15,000 per month. Those who have 5 years of experience and above have an average salary of P14,000 to P22,000 per month (see source).

    Psychometricians with 1 to 4 years of experience can expect to earn P11,000 to P16,000 per month (see source).

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Reviews of AB in Psychology graduates:

V. J.
◈ Studied AB Psychology
◈ At De La Salle Araneta University
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: I always wanted to have the power to read peoples' mind, and psychology is the next best thing!

list bulletAbout my college education: AB Psychology is for everyone. Like every course in college, Psychology requires patience and should be taken with a pinch of salt. From Sigmund Freud to salivating dogs, one must argue that Psychology will truly amaze everyone. As a student, expect it to be fun, engaging but also challenging, you will be pushed out of your comfort zone, you will get to understand not just yourself but everyone around you. Maturity will play a big role as you advance in the study, you will get to learn the necessary tools to evaluate a person, to predict a behavior of a person, and become a person as a whole.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Training Coordinator, I deal with training employees Soft and Hard Skills. I Facilitate team buildings, and company bondings equipped with scientific data that will target specific problems within a company that is needed to be resolved with fun activities based on Psychology Studies. It is fun and very engaging because I get to meet people and interact with people from all walks of life. It is Socially fulfilling and also a ride that would not dare dare miss

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I have applied everything I have learned in college. As a Training Coordinator we base our activities and processing on Psychology Reports and analysis. A simple activity before being an activity is composed of intense scientific research based from psychology books and human observation which makes it enjoyable.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It only took me a Month before I get Hired, it is that fast and easy.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: I really do recommend it, Psychology is the "MOST FLEXIBLE" course! you will get to choose from 3 paths
1. Office Setting (Human Resource, Training, Research, etc.)
2. School Setting (If you like kids, you'll get to work in a school and be a Guidance Councilor or better yet be a Principal, now how cool is that?)
3. Clinical Setting (You'll get to work with Doctors that deals with Human Behavior)

And those 3 paths doesn't end there, it branches out into different career paths that you choose.
Psychology will take you anywhere and everywhere you want to go.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you are ready to be in an adventure that consist of Human Behavior, then you are on the right track. My only advice is free your mind.
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