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Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling (Non Thesis Program)

The MA in Guidance and Counseling program emphasizes competencies in psychological counseling and guidance services. In particular, the program is designed to be consistent with national requirements in terms of knowledge and skills expected of licensed guidance and counseling practitioners and is geared toward preparing the student for the national licensure examinations for guidance and counseling.

Undergraduate Pre-requisites (11 units)

Psych 101    General Psychology

This course surveys general topics in psychology such as sensory processes, perceptual processes, theories of motivation, statistical tests and design, learning theories and personality, and contemporary issues and problems in psychology.

Psych 203    Fundamental Statistics

This is a course on the basic concepts and methods of descriptive and inferential statistics and their use in the design, analysis and interpretation in the context of psychological research.

Psych 301    Experimental Psychology

This course aims to introduce the students to the theoretical and methodological bases of scientific research in general, and the psychological experiment in particular. Students are trained in designing, conducting, analyzing and evaluating experiments as well as in reporting the results through experimental reports.

Psych 500    Quantitative Methods

This course is a continuation of the concepts and methods of statistics as discussed in Fundamental Statistics. More advanced concepts are added and effective use of statistical software (i.e. SPSS) is emphasized.

Psych 501    Cognitive Psychology

This course introduces the theories and research on cognitive psychology. The discussions revolve around the history of cognitive psychology, models of cognitive psychology, an examination of the basic principles and theories of such cognitive psychological topics like perception, attention, memory, linguistics, neurocognition, thinking and intelligence, and information processing.

Psych 502    Research Methods

This course is a study of the scientific methods of social and psychological investigation, focusing on the techniques of problem identification, hypothesis formulation, and the construction of a research design and data-gathering instruments. The preparation of a research proposal is integral to the course.

Psych 504    Theories of Personality
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the various theories of personality representing the different schools of thought. The emphasis is on grasping the basic principles, tools and research methods in observing, understanding and predicting human behavior.

Psych 520    Abnormal Psychology

This course covers the different major categories of abnormal behavior, focusing on the three key concerns of diagnosis, causation and therapy. Current issues, existing research and the clinical aspects are also examined as each type of disorder is studied.

Psych 521    Counseling Theories

This course explores the theories, issues, and problems of assessment, therapeutic contracting, and surveys the divergent techniques of counseling.

Psych 522    Counseling Tools and Techniques

This course introduces to the student the fundamental counseling techniques and skills as well as tools common to multiple theoretical perspectives.

Psych 523    Psychological Testing
This course reviews major issues in psychological and educational measurement with emphasis on test development and the evaluation of psychometric properties. The application of various psychological tests is also emphasized.

Psych 524    Group Process

The general objective of the course is to develop an understanding and appreciation of the concepts, theories, and principles of group process and its applications as skills and strategies to the human resource development, training facilitators, and handling groups in general.

Psych 605    Career Counseling and Development

This course is designed to introduce students to the history and relevance of career counseling, the different career counseling and development theories, assessment procedures used in career counseling, as well as techniques used in career counseling of clients across different learning and work settings. Emerging issues and current research will also be discussed, to allow students to gain insights on the implications of career counseling and development in lives of individuals.

Psych 606    Organization and Administration of Guidance Services and Program Development
This is a foundation course for those planning to enter school counseling and covers organization, planning, management, and evaluation of guidance services in schools as well as the appropriate roles and responsibilities of counselors. The course also presents various strategies for appropriate interventions for student issues and explores the legal and ethical concerns faced by school counselors.

Psych 607    Sociological, Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Guidance and Counseling
This course intends to discuss the different disciplines from which guidance and counseling originated. Significant schools of thought in Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology that serve as the fundamentals of guidance and counseling are explored, to facilitate a clearer and more established understanding of the state, role, and developments of guidance and counseling in today’s times.

Psych 608    Advanced Psychological Assessment

This course is a continuation of the course Psychological Testing. Research findings and current issues as well as the governing principles of psychological test construction (norms, reliability, validity, item analysis; ethical issues in psychological testing; survey of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, personality, interest, and clinical measures) are discussed.

Psych 609    Marital and Family Counseling
This course is designed to introduce students to selected approaches and theories to counseling in the contexts of marriage, couple, and family systems. Current significant issues such as multicultural dimensions, especially the Filipino socio-cultural system are also discussed.

Psych 610    Psychotherapy

This course offers an overview of the principal theories used by psychotherapists in the field today. It aims at introducing and ‘meeting’ the field, and giving some practical ideas and tools that can be used by various professionals like teachers, therapists, youth counselors as well as church counselors who work directly with clients. It also gives students an introductory understanding of Psychotherapy  and provides them the basic skills to deal with counseling work,  psychotherapy, and even coaching friends on their problems.


This practicum is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to participate in all forms of counseling services in the school setting with the supervision of a certified school guidance counselor of Ateneo de Zamboanga University  and the adviser. The 180 supervised hours builds on the student’s graduate studies in counseling and other  field experience in the undergraduate education. Students are expected not only to professionally address the daily practicum requirements and expectations for school guidance counseling certification but  also to be responsible in showing graduate level scholarship and application of research in the completion of this course. In addition to the practicum content and log, the graduate students must submit a 20-30 page scholarly paper that discusses  their practical experience within the school guidance counseling in relation to counseling theories previously studied. Offices where they are assigned to work are also requested to submit their evaluation of the students.

Comprehensive Examinations

Culminating Project

TOTAL NO. OF UNITS: 45 units

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