The Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program adheres to an empirical model of integrating scientific inquiry with the committed and responsible practice of psychology. Graduate students are trained to do research on relevant issues in their area of specialization and apply skills in a major area of psychology. Students are provided with a high level of training to develop critical thinking skills, social engagement, professional integrity, and a pursuit for lifelong learning.
Thus, this program aims to equip graduate students with extensive psychological skills, competencies, and theoretical knowledge with a strong foundation in psychology coupled with linkages in different psychological organizations – both local and international, to further enhance their competencies and perspectives in the practice of the profession.
The graduates of the MAP program should be able to:
- Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge in psychology; specifically: -demonstrate an in-depth understanding of theories, principles, concepts, and skills in a specific area of specialization in psychology;
– develop and sustain arguments about, and critically evaluate established principles in a specific area of specialization in psychology;
– comprehend and evaluate new information related to a specific area of specialization psychology that may be presented in various forms and from various sources.
- Demonstrate knowledge of advanced methods of psychological inquiry in a specific area of specialization psychology; specifically: Understand and explain the advanced methods of inquiry in the area of specialization in psychology. Critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem-solving in the area of specialization. Apply this specialized knowledge to make judgments, create approaches to solving problems in an academic, research, applied or an employment context, in ways that involve rigorous thinking and independent work
- Apply specialized psychological theories and methods; specifically: Correctly apply the theories, principles, concepts, and skills in creative and flexible ways in a specific area of specialization in psychology in an academic, research, applied or employment context.
Undertake advanced research in a specific area of specialization in psychology using the advanced knowledge and skills in psychology, and communicate the results of such research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Demonstrate understanding of the ethical dimensions of the use of psychological theories and methods, especially in research and professional practice.
- Continue to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of specialization using the established sources of advanced information in the field.
- Undertake further training for developing existing skills and acquiring higher-level competencies either through further graduate education or in employment context.