Master of Arts (Applied Psychology)

  • The programme will be opened for the January 2022 intake. Application period is from 10 May – 5 July 2021. Click here for more details.

  • The Master of Arts (Applied Psychology) aims to produce graduates who will become leaders in the field of psychological service.

    It is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and research insights as well as practical skills to interested individuals who have the pre-requisite qualifications to train as specialists in the field of Educational Psychology or Counselling Psychology. The program provides specialist training as an Educational Psychologist or a Counselling Psychologist. With effect from January 2021, the MAAP program provides students with 600 hours of practicum out of the 1000 hours required for registration with the Singapore Register of Psychologists under the Singapore Psychological Society.

  • You must have a good undergraduate degree, preferably with honors, from a reputable university. Preference will be given to those with a first degree in psychology, at least two years of relevant work experience and who are able to pursue the programme full time.

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

    Please note that the programme is highly competitive and only applicants who meet the minimum entry requirement will be considered for admissions.

  • The programme has a twin-track structure, one offering a specialisation in Educational Psychology and the other in Counselling Psychology.

    Awards at the National Institute of Education are structured in terms of Academic Units (AU). The Master of Arts (Applied Psychology) comprises 42 AU. With effect from Jan 2016, the 42 AU include 4 core courses, 1 prescribed elective, 3 elective courses, two practica attachments, and either:

    • a dissertation or
    • 2 additional electives

    The programme structure is as follows:

    Dissertation Option


    Non-Dissertation Option


    8 courses


    10 courses


    Practicum 1


    Practicum 1


    Practicum 2


    Practicum 2






    Total AU


    Total AU


    Students Completing Dissertation

    Students who are eligible for dissertation must write a research-based dissertation (6 AU) of around 15,000 words. They are required to complete 8 courses (24 AU) in total: 4 core courses,1 prescribed elective in their areas of specialization and 3 elective courses (2 of which must be in their chosen area of specialisation). The courses are 39 hours in duration (13 weeks x 3 hours). They are also required to complete two practicum attachments (12 AU).

    Students Not Completing Dissertation

    Students who are not completing dissertation are required to complete 10 courses (30 AU) in total: 4 core courses,1 prescribed elective in their areas of specialisation and 5 elective courses (3 of which must be in their chosen area of specialisation). The courses are 39 hours in duration (13 weeks x 3 hours). They are also required to complete two practicum attachments (12 AU).

    Courses and Study Plan

    Click here for more information.

    Download the course descriptions for the programme

    Important note for matriculated students: 
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • The Master of Arts (Applied Psychology) is offered on both part-time and full-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:



    2 years


    3 years



    2 years


    4 years

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

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  • “MAAP is an intensive programme that has provided me with good training and very useful knowledge in preparing me for a career as a psychologist. I enjoyed this learning journey tremendously especially with the support and encouragement from the passionate and experienced lecturers who gave their best and shared ever so willingly their knowledge.”  

    Boh Boon Tiong
    Recipient of The Applied Psychology Award, 2010

    “My time at NIE was highly enriching and stimulating. It provided me with the resources to develop myself further in the field through a good mix of research, theory and practical training. My teachers were nurturing and helpful in developing the competencies I needed to be a professional psychologist. I'm thankful for the opportunity to study at NIE.”

    Lim Zran Ai Lois 
    Recipient of The Applied Psychology Award, 2011

    “The programme has enabled me to deepen my knowledge, acquire skills in working with various populations of clients, and appreciate the challenges faced. The practicums have been a very enriching journey given the exposure during these attachments, and facilitating the application of classroom teachings to very real settings.”

    Goh Valerie Grace 
    Recipient of The Applied Psychology Award, 2013

    “My journey in the Master of Arts (Applied Psychology) programme has been enriching. I have acquired skills and knowledge that will be helpful for my work in future and it has provided me with a strong foundation for further learning. Within a supportive environment of lecturers and classmates, I felt that I have grown not only as a counselling professional, but as a person on a whole.”

    Tan Ying Yin (Chen Yingyin) 
    Recipient of The Applied Psychology Award, 2014

    “The MAAP programme has equipped me with relevant skills in working with children who have learning and behavioral difficulties. It has also given me the opportunity to apply these skills through the practicum experience. Through the practicum, I was able to work with children who came with varied challenges and backgrounds with the guidance of supportive supervisors.”

    Tay Hwee Tiang Michelle 
    Recipient of The Applied Psychology Award, 2015

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    • Programme Leader: Dr KIT Phey Ling
      (for specific academic enquiries related to the programme such as curriculum requirements)