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Master of Arts [MA] (Psychology)




    2 YEARS




    Post Graduation

Master of Arts or M.A. Psychology is a postgraduate course in psychology which studies human behavior and human psychology.It is concerned with thorough and comprehensive study of psychology as a discipline.

The duration of M.A. Psychology is 2 yearsand is spread over four semesters. Minimum eligibility for this course is a graduation degreefrom any stream passed from any recognized university. However, there are some reputed institutes that allow entry to the students having an honors degree in psychology or has it as a subject in the graduation.

The average tuition fee of M.A. Psychology ranges from INR 2,000 to INR 20,000 for two years in Government funded colleges. For private institutes tuition fee may be as high as INR 2 Lakhs.The most common route to this course goes through an entrance test.Most of the universities conduct their own entrance test.

The psychology graduates enjoy a mounting demand in welfare organizations, personnel administration, defense forces, correctional programs, prisons, clergy, community mental health centers and hospitals.

What is M.A. Psychology?

M.A. Psychology is focused on the study of psychology as a discipline by thorough and comprehensive study of psychological subjects. It covers areas like motivation and nature of mind, crisis management, mind processes, reactions, conflict resolution, group think and feelings. This course aims to train the students to identify emotional, behavioral and psychological issues as well as specific disorders. The students are taught to come up with specific treatment plan for each patient.

Who Should Opt for MA Psychology?

Students with analytical thinking, compassion and patience can take this course and further develop themselves.Sense of ethical responsibility and problem solving capabilities are some other attributes which go well with this course.Aspirants with excellent communication skills are always welcomed. Candidates with numeracy as their strongest suit are tailor made for this course. This course suits well to the students who look for a fulfilling career helping people to overcome mental illness.


Generally, M.A. Psychology in institutes such asFergusson College, Pune, Modern College of Arts Science and Commerce, Pune, Indraprastha College for Women, New Delhi, National Post Graduate College, LucknowandMehr Chand Mahajan Dayanand Anglo Vedic College for Women, Chandigarh durates for 2 whole years. This 2 year term is studied as 4 semesters, of 6 months each, by students.

If one opts for Distance mode to complete this degree like from IGNOU, in that case, duration would be of maximum 5 years and minimum of 2 years.

Academic Options after M.A. Psychology

Post completion of M.A. Psychology, students can introduce further qualification on their CV by pursuing M. Phil. or Ph. D.,they can step into the field of philosophy or research. Students can opt for M.Phil. /Ph. D. in Psychologyoffered byuniversities in India facilitating various arts courses.

Top Institutes Offering M.A. Psychology

Out of more than 1500 Arts College for Master’s Degree, fewinstitutes facilitating M.A. in Psychology are listed below:

Name of the Institute


Fergusson College


Modern College of Arts Science and Commerce


Indraprastha College for Women

New Delhi

National Post Graduate College


Mithibai College of Arts


Shri HK Arts College


Banasthali University


Eligibility Of the Master of Arts [MA] (Psychology)

The minimum eligibility for this course is a Bachelor’s degree with 50% aggregate score.However, there are some institutes that may require the candidates to have an Honors undergraduate degree in Psychology or Psychology as a subject in Graduation for becoming eligible for this course.

How to Get Admission in Master of Arts [MA] (Psychology)

For admission in MA Psychology, the most common path goes through entrance exams. Most of the universitiesaccept scores of entrance tests conducted by them. On the other hand there are some institutes that prefer merit basis admissions.

Merit Basis

Admissions are offered to candidates on the basis of their merit in qualifying examination. Some colleges that follow this criteria are Fergusson College Pune, IGNOU and Banasthali University, Jaipur.

Entrance Mode

For taking admissions in M.A. Psychology, the scores of entrance test conducted by University of Delhi are accepted by Daulat Ram College,  Indraprastha College for Women and Zakir Husain College. Students have to go through personal interviews also after clearing the entrance test to get admission into respective course.