Master of Arts [MA] (Applied Psychology) - Course Overview




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    Master of Arts (M.A.) Applied Psychology Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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    MA Applied Psychology or Master of Arts in Applied Psychology is a 2-year postgraduate course which is offered by a lot of colleges and universities in India.  The basic eligibility for this course is that the student should have cleared their graduation. The students should have done their graduation from a well-recognized institute which has the necessarily required accreditations. Adding to this, the student should have also obtained at least 50% marks in their graduation. Some institutes even conduct entrance tests for admission into this course.

    Some of the top MA Applied Psychology colleges in India are:

    Some universities like BHU and Jamia Millia Islamia also conduct entrance tests for admission to this course. BHU conducts BHU-PET for admission to its postgraduate courses.

    Jamia Milia Islamia will be conducting entrance test for admission to MA Applied Psychology this year also. To keep a track of all the details, click here. To check details for BHU-PET, click here

    What is MA Applied Psychology?

    Applied psychology is the use of psychological methods and findings of scientific psychology to solve the practical problems of human and animal behaviour and experience. Some of the major fields included in applied psychology are counseling psychology, clinical psychology, and engineering psychology.

    After completing MA Applied Psychology, students get a more open outlook upon the society and the behavior of its various inhabitants.

    The average course fees range from INR 5,000 to 1.5 Lakhs. After completing this course, students get opportunities in the fields of teaching, research, medical industry, consultancies, etc. The main job profiles open for them are Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, etc.

    How much do applied psychologists make?

    The graduates of this course generally earn a salary of INR 2-5 Lakhs per annum.

    Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (Applied Psychology)

    MA Applied Psychology: Highlights

    Course LevelMasters
    Examination TypeSemester-wise/Year-wise
    Eligibility for the programGraduation with at least 50% marks
    Duration of the program2 years
    Number of UniversitiesAround 50
    Average Tuition FeeINR 5,000-1,50,000
    Average Salary (per annum)INR 2-5 Lakhs
    Job ProfilesPsychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Teacher, Doctor, Career Counselor, Child Protection Specialist, etc.

    What is MA Applied Psychology?

    Applied Psychology uses the principles and fundamentals of psychology to help solve the practical problems of human and animal behavior and experience. It is a course which aims at studying the application of theories of psychology to develop treatment plans for psychological disorders.

    What is the difference between MA Applied Psychology and M.Sc. Psychology?

    MA Applied Psychology uses the principles of psychology which have already been researched and applies them to solve practical problems of human and animal behaviour.

    M.Sc. Psychology deals with research and science behind the brain, behaviour and psychological processes.

    MA Applied Psychology: Top Institutes

    Institute NameLocationAverage Fee (per annum)
    Jamia Millia Islamia UniversityNew DelhiINR 7,500
    Amity UniversityNoidaINR 1,36,000
    University of MadrasChennaiINR 5,500
    Galgotias UniversityGreater NoidaINR 56,000
    Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied SciencesNoidaINR 58,000
    Gautam Buddha UniversityGreater NoidaINR 40,000
    Bethune CollegeKolkataINR 7,500
    Indira Gandhi National Tribal UniversityAnuppurINR 4,500
    Maharshi Dayanand UniversityRohtakINR 3,000
    University of CalcuttaKolkataINR 2,000
    Dibrugarh UniversityDibrugarhINR 13,000

    MA Applied Psychology: Eligibility

    The basic eligibility for this course is that the student should have cleared their graduation. The students should have done their graduation from a well-recognized institute which has the necessarily required accreditations. Adding to this, the student should have also obtained at least 50% marks in their graduation. However, some universities conduct entrance tests for admissions to MA Applied Psychology. But some universities follow strict criteria. So the main eligibility criteria are:

    • The candidates must be a B.A (Hons) graduate in Psychology/ Applied Psychology with 55% marks or above in aggregate from a recognized 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 recognized 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 recognized university are eligible for the course as well.

    MA Applied Psychology: Admission Process

    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 exam, forms for which are available in the months of December, while the entrance exam and the pre-interview test and the personal interviews are held between the months of January to April.  Application forms are available online on college websites.

    DUET: The psychology department of the 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.

    Entrance Exam Pattern

    The entrance exam for MA Applied Psychology will be of 1½ 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:

    • General Psychology
    • Social Psychology
    • Research Methods & Statistics in Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Industrial Psychology/Organisational Behaviour
    • General Knowledge
    • Analytical Ability
    • Logical Reasoning
    • English Proficiency

    Selection Process

    The final selection of the candidate will be made keeping in mind the score acquired by the candidate in the qualifying exam, entrance exam, group discussion, and personal interview.

    MA Applied Psychology: Distance Education

    MA Applied Psychology is also offered by many colleges and universities in distance learning mode. IGNOU is well known for this. When pursuing this course in distance education mode, the duration can go up to 5 years. Apart from IGNOU, Andhra University in Visakhapatnam also offers this course in distance learning mode.

    MA Applied Psychology: Career Prospects


    The students of this course have a lot of job opportunities in their hand. They can work as doctors, teachers, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, researchers, etc. The major recruiting industries are:

    • Education Industry
    • Law Firms
    • Health Industry
    • Research Departments
    • Consultancies

    To know in detail, click here.

    Higher Studies

    Students can also opt for a lot of higher studies after completing their MA Applied Psychology. They can go for Ph.D. Psychology or M.Phil. Psychology.

    Master of Arts [MA] (Applied Psychology) Fee Structure in India

    4.48 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES2.32 L (Maximum Fee)
    59.03 K (Average Fee)
    10 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES2.4 L (Maximum Fee)
    1.04 L (Average Fee)

    Master of Arts [MA] (Applied Psychology) Fee Structure by State

    Delhi NCR

    98.74 K
    1.99 L

    Madhya Pradesh

    53.13 K
    56 K



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