Frequently asked Questions  

About the Program

1.  Q: For whom are AU Graduate School of Psychology Programs intended for?

     A: The graduate programs in the AU Graduate School of Psychology are intended for college students who wish to develop their knowledge, skills, and experience to better equip and prepare themselves for professional careers or voluntary community service. 

2.  Q: What does the program offer international students?

     A: The program combines Western theories of counseling and psychology and contemporary research with perspectives for a multicultural and global approach.  

3.  Q: What graduate degree does this program lead to?
     A:
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

4.  Q: Is this a full time program? Can this program be done as a part time?

     A: The course can be pursued on a full time or part time basis, depending on the individual’s availability to study.  

 

5.  Q: Can I do this counseling program through distance education?

     A: No, you cannot. You have to be physically present to earn your degree and to benefit from the University experience. Distance learning, in this case, will not provide the level of support, role modeling, instruction & supervision needed in a counseling psychology program.

 

6.  Q: I don’t have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Am I eligible to apply for the program?

     A: Yes. You can apply for the program. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4 is required.

 

7.  Q: Do I have to take the TOEFL exam?

     A: Applicants whose first language is not English must have a score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6 in IELTS.

 

8.  Q: Where are the classes held and what about the time?

     A: To accommodate students who are working, classes are held at ABAC Huamak Campus in the evenings between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. weekdays and between 9a.m. and 4p.m. on Saturdays.

 

9.  Q: Who are the lecturers teaching in the program?

     A: The Department has an international community of scholars, professional experts and practitioners in their field. This reflects not only the academic ethos of Assumption University, but also its international role.

 

10. Q: How long does it take to complete this program?

     A: Though the students can complete the program by 2 years, they are allowed to extend up to 5 years from the date of enrolment.

 

11. Q: What is the goal of this program?
     A:   -
To produce competent graduates in Counseling Psychology.

           - To ontribute excellent personnel in the field of human services and resources who are able provide service and/or give counsel in all types of organizational setting.
           - To generate the right mix of knowledge, competence and morality in MSCP students and graduates engaged in research on human behavior and dynamics.

12. Q: What are the career prospects if I take up this program?

     A: The career prospects of MSCP graduates are abundant.  Potential job titles include:  counseling psychologist, school counselor, human resources/personnel officer, training officer, teacher/lecturer, researcher, social worker, marketing entrepreneur, consumer behavior analyst, career counselor.

13. Q: What are the requirements for graduation?

     A: For students taking Plan A, the requirements for graduation are:   

  • Completion of the minimum required 33 credits of course work
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Successful thesis oral defense and submission of the completed thesis
  • Satisfactory Comprehensive Examination.

         For students taking Plan B, the requirements for graduation are:

  • Completion of the minimum required 39 credits of course work.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Submission of a research project paper.
  • Satisfactory Written Comprehensive Examination.  

14. Q: Can I transfer my credits?

     A: A Student applying for transfer of credits and requesting enrollment at Assumption University must have been a regular student at the graduate level of an accredited educational institute. The credits are transferred only after the Academic Committee of the Graduate School of Psychology has judged that the subject to be transferred carries the same course description as prescribed in the MSCP curriculum.

15. Q: Can I practice as a psychologist independently with a master's degree in counseling psychology?

     A: You may need to apply for a license in some cases.  For more information please contact the Graduate School.

16. Q: Would getting a master's degree help me get into a Ph.D. program?

     A: Possibly, but not necessarily. A master's degree would show a dedication to the field and the ability to successfully complete graduate-level work. It’s advisable to do an empirically-based thesis option to gain research experience which would help your objective to pursue PhD program.

 

17. Q: Is funding available? How do I apply?

     A: Scholarships can be arranged for the exceptional students based on their outstanding academic performance. For more information please contact the Graduate School directly. About the Admission:

18. Q: When & where should I apply for this program?

     A: MSCP program is offered in trimester system within an academic year:
          First trimester:        May – August
          Second trimester:    September – December
          Third trimester:      January – April

To apply, contact

Office of the Graduate School,

A Building 3rd floor,

Assumption University,

Hua Mak Campus.

Tel – 02 3004543 Ext. – 1308/1309

Email – grad@au.edu

 

Graduate School of Psychology

C Building 9th floor

Assumption University

Hua Mak Campus

Tel – 02 3004543 Ext. – 3636/3634/3621

Email – counseling@au.edu

19. Q: Can I apply online?

     A: Yes, you can. Visit www.grad.au.edu or www.counseling.au.edu for online application form.

20. Q: I finished my undergraduate programme 3 months back, but have yet to receive my official degree. Can I apply now?

     A: Yes, you can apply with your transcripts. But you will have to submit your university degree certification within 4 months.

21. Q: What are the documents I will have to submit along with the application?
     A: A completed application form with 6 photos (1" X 1.5")
          Two copies of house-registration document (Thai) or passport (Foreigner).
          Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.
          Two letters of recommendation from: a) Former instructors and b) current employers.

22. Q: What is the selection procedure?

     A: Selection for admission will on an evaluation of the following documents; transcripts, professional experience, written entrance examination and interview results.

23. Q: What is the main focus of the entrance examination?
     A: The examination focuses on your knowledge of English usage and the attitude towards counseling psychology as a career.

24. Q: How can I check the status of my application?
     A: You can contact the Graduate School of Psychology through: Tel – 02 3004543 Ext 3636, 3634, email: counseling@au.edu