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MA in Psychology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Psychology (MA PSYCH) is a two-year graduate program that enhances and builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from an undergraduate psychology program. It is designed to teach various theories, methods, techniques, and principles in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The program intends to prepare students to practice in the areas of psychological assessment and diagnosis, counseling, group influence, and psychological research.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in MA in Psychology should have an undergraduate degree in psychology and the social sciences field. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Development of Psychological Thought

  • Experiment Design

  • Statistics in Behavioral Sciences

  • Advanced Psychometrics

  • Advanced Theories of Personality

  • Personality Assessment

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Psychotherapy

  • Advanced Social Psychology

  • Human Resource Development and Management

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Career Guidance

  • Psychology of Social Change

  • Community Psychology

  • Psychology of Poverty

  • Cultural Psychology

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the psychology and social science field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Educational Psychology

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Health Psychology

  • Human Factors Psychology

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Physiological Psychology

  • School Psychology

  • Social Psychology

Program Outcome

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

  • Discuss and analyze Psychology’s major theories and concepts

  • Apply the methods of psychological research

  • Demonstrate the 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

Board Exam

Graduates may choose from the following licensure exams:

To become a Registered Psychometrician in the Philippines, a graduate of MA 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). 

To be a Licensed Psychologist in the Philippines, a graduate of MA 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). 

To become a Licensed Guidance Counselor in the Philippines, a graduate of MA in Guidance and Counselling needs to pass the Guidance and Counseling Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Guidance and Counseling under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Career Opportunities


Graduates of MA in Psychology may pursue a career path in human resource departments, educational institutions, research institutions, and community and private mental health centers. They may apply as a college psychology professor, educational psychologist, clinical psychologist, organizational psychologist, forensic psychologist, engineering psychologist, rehabilitation psychologist, a sports psychologist, guidance counselor, behavior analyst, or a behavior specialist.

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