Master of Arts in Psychology

A Thesis Program with Field Internship

 

Major Courses

Advanced Psychological Assessment

This course focuses on the theoretical foundations and practical applications of psychological assessment.

At the end of the course, the students should be able to apply advanced knowledge of the key principles, technical concepts and psychometric properties, theories and tools of psychometrics in assessment.  

Students should be able to apply basic knowledge in test construction and development, item writing and analysis as well as apply advanced knowledge in putting together test batteries for human resources, organizational development, psychopathology, educational and personality assessment.

Advanced Projective Techniques

This course focuses  on the theoretical foundations and practical applications of cognitive assessment. The graduate students become familiar with personality assessment using the Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test,  Children Apperception Test and other projective instruments. Assessments of special populations and needs are covered as well.

Students are required to administer, score, and interpret the various projective tests  and prepare psychological reports from the data. Case studies and case conference are also part of the course requirements.

Advanced Abnormal Psychology

This course covers topics concerning  (a) diagnosis and assessment procedures ; (b) various types of developmental  disabilities; (c) etiology and causes of developmental disabilities ; (d) support services and issues that exists cross the individual’s lifespan ; (e) general treatment approach and procedures ; and (f) history of the care and treatment of individuals with mental retardation.

 

Advanced Theories of Personality

This is a 3-unit course that examines the different theories of personality and their proponents.

It also examines the contribution of each theory in understanding human behavior and evaluate the strengths and limitations of each theory. 

At the end of the course, the students are expected to come up with case study employing the different theories as used in different settings such as school, family, industry and community that will culminate in a case conference.

Thesis Writing

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Proposal Stage: The thesis will demonstrate the graduate student’s ability to clearly define a significant problem, design theoretical/conceptual literature and studies. It will also discuss the research methods to be used to investigate a problem. It comes in two parts.

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Final Defense: This final phase of the graduate students’ thesis writing aims to train the student to organize and logically present data, draw defensible conclusions and make doable recommendations. Formal academic report of a completed master’s thesis shall be defended in an oral examination before a panel examiners.

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The report should be presented and defended before a panel of at least three (3) faculty and /or experts in the chosen area of practice.

The Field Practicum

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The field practicum focuses on an applied project that the student will undertake in his chosen area of practice;

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At the end of the practicum period, the student should write a Final report detailing among other things:

  • the activities undertaken to meet the objectives
  • the student’s involvement in the project, and
  • the insights and learning gained by the student through the project in his area of practice
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The report should be presented and defended before a panel of at least three (3) faculty and /or experts in the chosen area of practice.

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The practicum is equivalent to 6 units or 200 hours.

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