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M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology

Program Overview

Duration: 2 years, 4 semesters

Credits: 77

Career Paths: Psychological research units and organizations, hospitals, private clinics, educational institutions, armed forces (educational and medical core) , counseling and guidance centers, selection boards, research organizations, civil services, business enterprises, advertising and marketing agencies, industries, social welfare agencies, reformatories, NGOs and institutions for individuals with special needs.

  • Program Description

    Counseling is a distinct profession that has developed in a variety of ways in the 20th century. The Institute of Psychology offers the Master of Science Program in Counseling Psychology. This program teaches students to develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills necessary to treat a variety of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions in general population ranging from children to the elderly. The program does not advocate any single theoretical orientation. Rather, it provides students with a comprehensive foundation in a number of diagnostic methods and therapeutic techniques. After doing M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology, students can work in clinics and hospitals, family counseling centers, substance abuse programs, rehabilitation centers, community mental health centers, public and private schools, institutional and residential facilities, correctional facilities, public agencies, and private practice.

  • Program Highlights

    • All faculty members are practitioners in the field.
    • Program bridges the field of Clinical Psychology with the Counseling profession.
    • Emphasis on practical learning in real-world settings.
    • Excellent theoretical classroom training coupled with unrivaled out-of-classroom learning opportunities in a dynamic environment.
    • Program prepares students to take effective roles in the community as mental health professionals.
  • Program Objectives

    • Students will learn the theoretical frameworks and scientific bases of Counseling Psychology at the Master’s level.
    • Students will develop the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills necessary to work with different clinical and general populations and a variety of emotional and psychological conditions.
    • Students will learn research methodology and will be able to critically evaluate research as it relates to Counseling Psychology.
    • Students will learn the ethical and professional guidelines of the Counseling profession.
    • Students will understand and appreciate the impact of diversity and cultural issues in the field of Counseling Psychology.
    • Students will learn how to apply the knowledge of human behavior to improve their own lives.
  • Admission Requirement

    To be eligible for admission to the M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology, a candidate must have good academic record with minimum 2nd division in B.A / B.Sc. in Psychology or Applied Psychology from a well established and respectable university. A written test followed by an interview will be taken in order to qualify for admission.

  • Courses

    • Year I Semester I

      Course Code Course Credit Hrs
      PSY 501 Perspectives in Psychology 3
      PSY 505 Research Methods 3
      PSY 510 Statistics in Psychology 4 (3-1)**
      PSY 520 Child Psychopathology 3
      PSY 555 Experiments / Practical Work 2
      PSY 575 Psychosocial Influences on Behavior 3
        Total 18
    • Year I Semester II

      Course Code Course Credit Hrs
      PSY 515 Perception, Cognition, Learning and Memory 3
      PSY 525 Personal and Interpersonal Perspectives 3
      PSY 530 Biological Basis of Behavior 3
      PSY 535 Adult Psychopathology 3
      PSY 540 Psychological Testing and Assessment 4 (3-1)**
      PSY 550 Applied Statistics in Psychology 4 (3-1)**
        Total 20
    • Year II Semester III

      Course Code Course Credit Hrs
      PSY-Co 605 Counseling for Children & Adults 4 (3-1)**
      PSY-Co 620 Developmental Psychology 3
      PSY-Co 610-A Research Project I 4
      PSY-Co 635 Current Issues in Counseling Psychology 4 (3-1)**
      PSY-Co 640 Counseling Case Studies 3
      PSY-Co 660-695 One Optional Course 3
        Total 21
    • Year II Semester IV

      Course Code Course Credit Hrs
      PSY-Co 545 Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience 4 (3-1)**
      PSY-Co 615 Trauma and Crisis Intervention 4
      PSY-Co 630 Ethics in Counseling Psychology 3
      PSY-Co 645-B Research Project II 4
      PSY-Co 660-695 One Optional Course 3
        Total 18
        Total Credit Hours 77


    * Admission subject to the number of students.
    **According to HEC, 3 Credits mean three credit hours of theory, while 4(3-1) means a total of four credit hours, of which three are of theory while one credit hour is for laboratory or practical work.

    • Optional Courses

      Subjects offered as electives to students by the Institute of Psychology are the following.

      Course Code Course Credit Hrs
      PSY-Co 570 Counseling Psychology 3
      PSY-Co 580 Peace Psychology 3
      PSY-Co 655 Forensic Psychology 3
      PSY-Co 660 Stress and Well-Being 3
      PSY-Co 665 Emotional Intelligence 3
      PSY-Co 670 Health Counseling 3
      PSY-Co 675 Conflict Resolution 3
      PSY-Co 680 Counseling in Multicultural Contexts 3
      PSY-Co 685 Career Development and Counseling 3
      PSY-Co 690 Environmental Psychology 3
      PSY-Co 695 Counseling in Organizations 3


      * Optional courses will be offered according to the availability of the teacher.

  • Degree Requirement

    Completion of credit hours and research project

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