Community Psychology: MA
The Master of Arts in community psychology degree places its graduates at the forefront of advancing global trends towards multicultural and systemic community psychology practice. Courses prepare students to work with communities, schools, governments, international or multilateral organizations, and/or non-governmental organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate psychosocial interventions that promote psychological and physical health and well-being. The program exposes students to methods of community psychology practice that are ethically responsible and culturally appropriate to Egypt and the region. The program emphasizes experiential learning and intensive mentoring.
Community psychology recognizes that the most effective way to promote individual health and well-being is to work with the communities in which individuals live. Community psychologists seek to create sustainable change that enables communities and individuals to thrive by:
- Designing and implementing interventions supported by scientific evidence rather than guessing what might work
- Collaborating with and supporting community members in making change rather than telling them what they need
- Focusing on building community strengths and resources rather than seeing the community solely through its problems and limitations
- Respecting and appreciating cultural diversity rather than assuming that programs and interventions work the same way for everyone
- Creating conditions that are empowering rather than creating conditions that foster dependence
- Promoting human rights and social justice by working with those who are underserved and disadvantaged
Our program follows international guidelines for similar degrees at accredited institutions in the USA to ensure our students receive a high-quality education. The program is accredited by the Supreme Council of Universities.
Learn community psychology skills in an international setting while acquiring a degree from an institution with US accreditation.
- Apply your thesis to solving social problems and make use of internship and practicum opportunities, working with NGOs, community-based organizations, government offices, and international agencies
- Be challenged to gain new experiences, with support and encouragement from caring faculty members and motivated peers
- Work to create a central role for community psychology, particularly during challenging times
- Learn how to develop sustainable solutions that promote well being across communities
The Master of Arts in community psychology requires the completion of 36 credits which can be achieved in two years (full-time basis, three courses per semester) or three years (part-time basis, two courses per semester). The maximum time for completing the program is five years.
The program emphasizes professional training, with many courses involving hands-on experience. It includes an eight-month (two-semester) internship and a community-based research thesis, where skills in community work are further developed. Across the program, students learn how to:
- Understand the psychological and physical health of individuals in the context of the communities and systems in which they live
- Conduct applied, participatory and action-oriented research
- Assess community needs, resources, and strengths
- Design and implement prevention and intervention programs
- Develop community coalitions and build community capacities
- Evaluate and monitor programs in ways that promote collaboration and use of findings
- Apply basic individual and group counseling skills in community work
- Interact with communities in an ethical and culturally competent way
Applications from Egyptian and international students are welcome. New students are enrolled annually for the fall semester, which begins in early September. In general, admission decisions are based on a candidate’s personal statement, previous academic record, experience in community-based settings, and letters of recommendation.
Admission to this graduate program is competitive and requires:
- A minimum of 3.0 GPA in either previous undergraduate or graduate studies
- Personal statement describing the applicant’s interest and motivation to pursue this degree
- References from faculty and/or employers speaking to the applicant’s motivation and maturity
- Proficiency in the English language according to the AUC standards
There are usually three application deadlines, one in fall, one in winter, and one in spring. Any completed application outside of a deadline will be transferred to the next deadline for review. While applications are accepted and evaluated during all application periods, the program course sequence only starts in the fall semester, in September.
Applicants who do not have a background degree in psychology are required to take appropriate courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.
The three specific courses required are:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Inferential Statistics
- Research Design
For a checklist of all required application materials, check the graduate admissions checklist.
For the admissions, visit graduate admissions.
I do not have a degree in psychology, can I still apply to the Master of Arts in community psychology?
Even though you are not required to have a degree in psychology, you are welcome to apply but you do need a minimum of 3.0 GPA in either previous undergraduate or graduate studies as well as the completion of some prerequisites including:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Inferential Statistics
- Research Design
You will also need to demonstrate proficiency in the English language according to the AUC standards and complete all other requested materials. For further details, visit graduate admissions.
Do I need to complete the prerequisite courses before I apply?
Taking and completing prerequisites is not necessary when applying but will be necessary before you can actually start the program. If you are accepted, it will be contingent on you completing these courses.
I have already attended workshops or online courses on these topics, will these count?
Prerequisites have to be a university-level course that offers a grade and university credits (three credits). You must have received a minimum of a B grade in the course. Workshops or training of most kinds will not fulfill the requirements of either pre-requisites or transfer into a degree.
If you believe that you have the necessary course that could fulfill the prerequisites from previous academic studies, you may have your transcript reviewed and evaluated by the graduate programs director. You will need to provide syllabi and other supporting material.
I have taken other university-level courses that are called something else but have the same content. Will these apply?
The names of the prerequisite courses are usually standard across universities, yet if you believe a course you have taken may cover the content required you are welcome to have your transcript reviewed and evaluated by the graduate programs director. This process typically happens in all cases when you apply.
I have been working in the field and have gained many skills on the job, can I get credit for this?
If you have a professional background in similar fields and believe that you have gained experiential knowledge, you may wish to consider applying for the graduate diploma in community psychology. For further information concerning the graduate diploma, visit graduate diploma in community psychology.
Where can I take the prerequisite courses?
We do not dictate where you take the needed prerequisites, but they have to fulfill the following basic criteria:
- The course has to give university credits (three credits)
- The Course has to offer a grade and transcript
- You need to achieve a minimum of a B grade in the course
If you wish to take these prerequisites at AUC (based on availability), you can apply as a non-degree student at the undergraduate or graduate level through the admissions office.
If you wish to take them online or overseas through other universities, you may contact the graduate programs director for a list of suggestions that have previously been accepted.
Will I be able to apply for financial aid or fellowship to cover the cost of prerequisite courses?
Unfortunately, financial support is only available for the actual program and not in preparation to be admitted to the program. You may take the courses at any institution.
My previous studies GPA or rank grade may be less than the required 3.0 GPA, what can I do?
If your previous GPA is less than the required 3.0 (which is equivalent to a B letter grade on a 4.0 GPA scale, and a percentage grade of 83–86), then you may take courses that will help you raise that GPA or show more recent performance. These can also be the prerequisite courses.
I filed an early application and am interested in starting in spring rather than waiting.
All our programs start in the fall semester, in September.
I applied and completed my prerequisite courses, does that mean I am accepted to start in the fall?
Our program is competitive, and we only accept a limited number of applicants each year from a large pool of applicants. We look at many variables when reviewing candidates not just their academic background including their readiness, fit, and maturity. So, an application and pre-requisites are not a guarantee for acceptance and joining our program.
What will my schedule look like and what are my time commitments?
Graduate classes take place in the evenings during weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) starting at either 5 pm or 7.45 pm. A graduate class is two and a half hours long and is held once a week. A typical schedule of two or three classes will require your attendance and commitment on two evenings a week.
What is the duration of the Master of Arts in Community Psychology?
The Master of Arts in community psychology program is designed to be completed in two years on a full-time basis and three years if it is on a part-time basis. Students have five years from their entry into the graduate programs to complete all coursework. This includes any time spent taking prerequisites, or planned leaves of absence. This study period is the same for both part-time and full-time students.
I am highly motivated, can I complete the program in a shorter period of time?
The program is a process and much like all learning which is intended to be put into application, it cannot be accelerated. The typical load of a full-time graduate student across all programs at AUC is three courses a semester.
How do I apply to the graduate programs?
There are usually three application deadlines, one in fall, one in Winter, and one in spring. Any completed application outside of a deadline will be transferred to the next deadline for review.
What are the costs to attend graduate school?
Each course equals three credit hours, and students pay per number of courses/credit hours they are registered in any given semester. For further details, visit graduate tuition.
Is there any way I can get financial support?
If you are looking for financial support, there are opportunities to apply for fellowships or financial aid. Fellowships are highly competitive awards that consider financial needs as well as academic merit. Preference is given to those who wish to pursue full-time study in a graduate program at the AUC. These options are open only to fully enrolled students (So, if you have prerequisites, these will not be covered).
How can the program help me in my professional career?
Our graduates go on to work in community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government entities, and international agencies as employees or as consultants. They acquire multiple skills that are transferable across different work settings including program evaluation, assessment, and monitoring.