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Tuition Fees:$13,762 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

The Counseling Psychology program will help students develop skills and knowledge that are needed to provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and groups struggling with psychosocial issues and mental illness. The program emphasizes experiential learning and exposes students to methods of psychological practice that are ethically responsible and culturally appropriate to Egypt and the region.

Curriculum

Courses (48 credit hours)
Course work for the Master of Art requires the completion of 48 credits as follows:

Core Courses
18 credits Required / 6 courses
– Fundamentals of Counseling (3 cr.)
– Community Psychology and Systems Theory (3 cr.)
– Advanced Lifespan Development (3 cr.)
– Ethics and Professional Issues (3 cr.)
– Applied Research Design and Statistical Analysis (3 cr.)
– Group Work (3 cr.)

Specialization courses
24 credits/ 8 courses
– Physiological Psychology (3 cr.)
– Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 cr.)
– Psychological Assessment (3 cr.)
– Psychopathology and Resilience across Cultures (3 cr.)
– Career Development and Counseling (3 cr.)
– Couples Counseling and Human Sexuality (3 cr.)
– Practicum I in Counseling Psychology (3 cr.)
– Practicum II in Counseling Psychology (3 cr.)

Internship
6 credits Required 8 months.
– Internship in Counseling Psychology (3 cr. + 3 cr.)

Optional Thesis
A thesis is not required for the MA in Counseling Psychology. However, students may wish to complete a thesis if they want to explore a specific research area or if they are planning to enroll in a Ph.D. program. Students who decide to complete a thesis may substitute PSYC 5299, Research Guidance and Thesis for enrollment in PSYC 5281 Couples Counseling and Human Sexuality.
The optional thesis must be written in English and submitted in accordance with university regulations. Students should familiarize themselves with procedures outlined in the graduate handbook regarding committee selection, writing of the thesis, presentation to the supervisor and readers, and defense of the thesis. Complying with the procedural requirements within the specified time sequence is the responsibility of the student.

Professional Competence Requirements
In order to ensure that students have the maturity and professional skills needed to act as a counselor, they will complete a standardized assessment for professional competence administered by a faculty committee prior to approval for enrollment in Practicum I, Practicum II, and Internship. If a student fails to meet competency standards they will not be allowed to continue in the program.

It is an ethical violation for a student to practice psychological counseling and testing beyond their level of competence. If a student is found to be working or volunteering in a capacity that is beyond their competence, they will be reviewed for dismissal from the program.

Admission Requirements

The applicant should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies; if the student has a Masters in a related field already, a 3.0 GPA will also be expected at that level. The applicant should have also completed an undergraduate major in psychology and/or the completion of a minimum of 12 credits (or equivalent) in psychology or related social/behavioral sciences including: Statistics, Research Design, and Abnormal Psychology. Admission is competitive, and dependent on successful interview.

While applications are accepted and evaluated during both the fall and spring application periods, the program course sequence only starts in the fall semester. Admitted students with course prerequisite requirements and/or English language requirements, must complete these requirements before being allowed to enroll in the program classes. Completion of these prerequisites can take up to a year, so applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology are encouraged to apply during the fall application period in order to have enough time to meet the prerequisite requirements before the start of the program.

Language Requirement
The applicant should demonstrate proficiency in the English language in accordance with AUC standards.

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

Note:
1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Master in Counseling Psychology include:
– School psychology
– Vocational counseling
– Substance abuse counseling
– Child development
– Adult and geriatric counseling
– Forensic psychology
– Sport psychology
– Anger management.

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $13,762
Tuition Fees for International Students: $17,470

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 219,225EGP ($13,896)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 278,291EGP ($17,640)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $579 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Mona M. Amer
Chair Department of Psychology
 
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries