Master of Science in Counselling Psychology

Master of Science in Counselling Psychology





Program Duration


Credit Hours              

Cost Per Credit Hour

4 Semesters (On Average)

Abu Dhabi


AED 2,500

The Master of Science in Counselling Psychology program prepares students with the expertise, knowledge and skills to apply psychological theories and models to help adult populations with a range of psychological concerns. License-eligible graduates of the program will have experience in psychological assessment, case formulation, research and evidence-based intervention in the context of adult mental health. Graduates of this program will be well prepared for career progression in counselling psychology, making valuable contributions to the health and social sector across the UAE and beyond.

Professional Outcomes

The program will prepare you for a variety of careers in adult mental health settings in both public and private sectors such as business, healthcare and education. Specific job roles include:

Clinical Director in Mental Health Care Facilities

Counselling Therapist/Psychologist

Allied Healthcare Professional

Mental Health Worker/Specialist

Crisis Counsellor

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Rehabilitation Counsellor/Psychology Therapist

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Counselling Psychology program, students will be able to: 

Theoretical and Conceptual Knowledge

Identify and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of mental health issues, compare and summarize psychological theories, assessment and intervention techniques utilized in clinical/counselling psychology.

Critical and Analytical Thinking

Effectively analyze, assess, and apply appropriate and relevant prevention or intervention strategies related to the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, or communities.

Research Capacity

Independently evaluate current research in psychology, design, develop and engage in research studies in psychology, and engage in academic writing. 

Contextual Application of Knowledge

Critically analyze, summarize and discuss psychological concerns and interventions related to the diverse cultural context of the UAE and other communities.

Knowledge and Practice of Ethics

Demonstrate knowledge of, appraise and apply the major principles that govern professional and ethical standards in counselling and psychology.

Professional Development

Demonstrate a commitment to develop as a scientist-practitioner through engagement in academic courses and practical and applied training.


Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the Master of Science in Counselling Psychology program, students are required to attend an orientation seminar to introduce the University and its resources, the program and communication and virtual classroom software such as BlackBoard Learn and Collaborate, MS Outlook, Extranet, and Bannerweb.

Program Required Courses (48 Credit Hours)

PSY600 Cultural Competency, Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology 
PSY610 Psychological Disorders 
PSY620 Theories and Models of Psychotherapy 
PSY630 Psychological Assessment: Tests and Measurement 
PSY640 Foundations of Psychological Interventions: Interviewing, Counseling and Prevention Strategies 
PSY655 Advanced Research Methods 
PSY621 Professional Development and Competency to Practice 
PSY641 Special Population Focus: Public Health 
PSY681 Special Topics: Mindfulness and Cognitive-Based Approaches to Trauma and Grief 
PSY675 Addiction Preventions and Interventions 
PSY635 Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience 
PSY671 Advances in Positive Psychology, Prevention, and Community Wellbeing 
PSY660 Motivational Interviewing, Group and Family Counseling and Psychotherapy 
PSY690 Counseling Internship I 
PSY695 Counseling Internship II 
PSY699 Master’s Thesis 

Program Delivery

Program Duration

The Master of Science in Counselling Psychology program is delivered in English over 4 semesters at Zayed University located in Abu Dhabi.

Course Delivery Format

The program is taught face-to-face across four weekdays (Monday - Thursday from 17:00-20:00).


Students must complete two internships within an external organization and be closely supervised by a licensed psychologist. Students must complete the first internship in semester 3 of the program and the second internship placement in the final semester of the program. For each internship, students must complete a total of 300 hours which is equivalent to 8-9 weeks of full-time work. Therefore, if students are employed at the time of application, their employers must complete the Employer Internship Consent form thereby consenting the employees to release them from their regular employment setting to complete the two internship placements with an external organization.

Applicants are also required to submit an Applicant Consent form and a Police Clearance Certificate.

For more information on the Master of Science in Counselling Psychology application deadline, start date and location for program delivery, please visit the Key Dates section of the website.


Courses in the Master of Science in Counselling Psychology program are taught by select professors from the College of Natural and Health Sciences who are experts in their fields and possess diverse international research experience.

Program Cost

A total of 48 credit hours at AED 2,500 per credit hour (including text books and course materials)

For more information on the Master of Science in Counselling Psychology program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of the website.


Students must complete all required courses in the approved program curriculum and achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.


College of Natural and Health Sciences

Zayed University

Abu Dhabi & Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-2-599-3605


Program Recognition

  • Ministry of Education

Program Admission Requirements

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