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AB in Psychology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The 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. It  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.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in AB in Psychology are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • General Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology and Counseling
  • Human Behavior in Organization

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Psychology are expected to be able to:

  • Discuss and analyze Psychology’s major theories and concepts
  • Apply the methods of psychological research
  • Demonstrate application of psychological theories and methods in a professional and personal setting
  • Show capability for self-reflection and  independent learning
  • Abide with ethics in the practicing Psychology
  • Create a harmonious interpersonal relationship in a diverse cultural setting with colleagues and clients
  • Conduct psychological assessments and evaluation

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in the human resource department and educational and research institutions.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Registered Psychometrician in the Philippines, a graduate of AB in Psychology needs to pass the Psychometrician Licensure Exam. The examination is conducted by the Board of Psychology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Psychology may pursue a career path in human resource department and educational and research institutions. They may apply as a school counselor, vocational counselor, rehabilitation counselor, marriage, couple, and family counselor, substance abuse counselor, human resource associate, researcher, or a psychometrician.

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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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