Masters in Applied Psychology is a postgraduate course in application of psychological principles. A candidate has to be a B.A graduate in Psychology/ Applied Sciences from a recognised university in order to be eligible for this course.
Masters in Applied Psychology is a two-year programme and has similar courses like M.Sc. Psychology. This course is also often pitted against M.A Clinical Psychology. The mode of admission is either through Entrance Examination or on Merit.
The average tuition fee for the entire course ranges between 75,000 thousand INR to 1.5 Lakhs INR.
Masters in Applied Psychology graduates can obtain jobs in sectors like Medical Industry, Teaching and research, Counselling firms, research labs etc. and work as Clinical Psychologist, Consultant Psychologist, Clinical Researcher, Psychiatrist etc. A fresh graduate of this course can expect an average annual salary of 1 Lakh INR to 2.5 Lakhs INR.
Applied Psychology uses the principles and fundamentals of psychology to help solve the practical problems of human and animal behaviour and experience. It is a course which aims at application of theories of psychology to develop treatment plans for psychological disorders.
Difference between MA in Applied Psychology, M.Sc. Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology
M.A in Applied Psychology uses the principles of psychology which have already been researched and apply them to solve practical problems of human and animal behaviour.
The course M.Sc. Psychology deals with research and science behind the brain, behaviour and psychological processes.
M.A in Clinical Psychology, unlike applied psychology, deals with the clinical research and experiment to develop psychological fundamentals which would be applied to solve human and animal behaviour problem.
This course is completed over the duration of two years.Since the course follows a semester system over annual mode, the course is divided into four semesters.
There are many Post-graduate colleges in India which offer MA in Applied Psychology. Some of these institutes are:
Name of College
University of Delhi
Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences
Jamia Millia Islamia
Indian Institute of Psychology
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Lovely Professional University
Manav Rachna International University
Maharishi Dayanand University
After this Masters course, interested students can also pursue a Ph.D in Applied Psychology, Psychology, Clinical Psychology or in many other specialisations in Psychology from colleges like Amity University, Allahabad University, Banaras Hindu University etc.
Students can also pursue a professional and advanced diploma course in Child Psychology from colleges like Punjab University to strengthen their base for a successful career.
For entrance to the course, the candidates must be a B.A (Hons) graduate in Psychology/ Applied Psychology with 55% marks or above in aggregate from a recognised university in India.
Students who have graduated in B.A (pass)/ B.A Programme in Psychology as one of the subjects with an aggregate of 55% marks or above from any recognised university in India can apply too.
Students who have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or any medical programme with one subject as psychology and have got 50% marks or above as aggregate from a recognised university are eligible for the course as well.
Admission to the program is based on mostly an Entrance Exam and/or on the merit marks in qualifying exam. Some of the institutes with Entrance exams are as follows:
NET TISS: A National Entrance Test is conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences. This is a computer based exams, forms for which are available in the months of December. While the Entrance Exam and the pre-interview test and Personal Interview are held between the months of January to April. Application forms are available online on college websites.
DUET: The psychology department of University of Delhi conducts an entrance exam, followed by a group discussion and interview. The admission forms are available in the month of January and February and the entrance exam is held in April.
This entrance exam will be of 1 ½ hours to 2 hours and will comprise 90-100 questions.
There is no negative marking for the exam.
Students appearing for this course will be assessed on the following topics in the question paper:
The final selection of the candidate will be made keeping in mind the score acquired by the candidate in Qualifying exam, Entrance Exam, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.