Master of Arts [MA] (Psychology)

Psychology can be described as the study of human behavior in simple words. MA Psychology aims at enabling the students in identification of issue related to emotions, behavior, and psychology. These skills provide graduates with endless opportunities.

There are a number of fields where a psychology graduate can make a successful career. Such fields are of health psychology, clinical psychology, sports psychology, educational psychology, school counseling, industrial psychology, social work, and counseling psychology.

They can work in different sectors like in defense forces, prisons, advertising industry, vocational rehabilitation centers, community mental health centers on the profiles of psychiatric assistant, urban planning officer, forensic psychologist, personnel administration, public relation officer, research psychologist, media, clergy.

Top recruiters for Psychology students are:

  • Fortis
  • Apollo
  • Columbia Asia
  • Max
  • Medanta
  • Care Hospitals

MA Psychology graduates can work for top companies at different job profiles. Some of them are given below in the table.

Job Profile Description 
Clinical Psychologist Responsible for giving assessment and treatment to people with psychological problems. Provide therapy to the people who suffer from normal psychological crises and psychiatric disorders.
Health Psychologist Needs to conduct and design programs which help individual stop alcoholism, shed smoking, stay fit, manage stress and lose weight.
Industrial Psychologist Works to help the organization in keeping the employees motivated, productivity enhanced and attrition rate low. Develop ways to enhance work productivity by harnessing the relationship between people and their work.
Teaching Responsible for teaching and interacting with students at university. Research on related topics, attend seminars, systematic record keeping of student activities and focused and proactive academic counseling
Counseling Psychologist Requires to treat adjustment problem along with other emotional and behavioral issues.
School Psychologist Help troubled children encountering difficulties at school. Diagnose problems and suggest solutions to the same.
Sports Psychologists Entrusted with assessing the psychological factors affecting athletic performance and find ways to improve the same. Also needs to overlook the psychological effect of training and exercise on sportsmen.
Community Counselor Tasked with counseling in human services agencies in the local community by providing preventive services and implementing a counseling program.

MA Psychology: Salary Trends

In today’s hectic and fast moving world there is a huge demand for psychologists. More people are getting mentally ill then physically because there is a large level of stress in people of every age group. Projected employment for psychologists is around 190,000. According to the figures given by Occupational Outlook Handbook, the annual median salary of an experienced psychologist in 2014 was around 24 lakhs. While on an average an entry-level candidate can earn up to 30,000 INR per month.

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Master of Arts [MA] (Psychology) : 5 answered questions

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Ques. Which one is better correspondence course MA psychology from from IGNOU or MSc Psychology from University of Madras?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 01 Oct 21

Ans. IGNOU is one of the biggest and the most well-known distance education universities in India and thus it should be preferred. However, I would suggest you to take a second thought regarding the correspondence course.  Psychology is a highly practical course which needs guidance from professors for practical works, dissertations and internships. All these are possible only through a regular classroom course. In a correspondence course you learn the theories but do not learn the practical knowledge which is required in this field.  Thus you will have to struggle a lot to even land up an internship with a certified doctor.  You can imagine the struggle you will do to land a job later on.  Doubt clearing and concept learning are done better through regular classes as well.  In a correspondence course it is quite difficult and you will have to keep track of the professors to adjust yourself with their time schedule. Do a regular course on clinical counselling or industrial psychology rather than this course otherwise your job prospects will drastically reduce.Read more
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Ques. Is someone with an MA in psychology from IGNOU, eligible for RCI registration?

● Top Answer By Praver Katyal on 29 Jul 21

Ans. No, you will not be eligible to enroll yourself at any of the RCI recognized institutions. To do the same, you must pursue Ph.D. or M.Phil from an approved institution. There are a number of approved institutions in India and you can apply wherever you like. You should always check RCI guidelines before taking admission. IGNOU has been recognized by UGC and you will be eligible for Ph.D./M.Phil/NET/SET.Read more
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Ques. What are the career opportunities after MA psychology from IGNOU?

● Top Answer By Debdeep Majumder on 06 Nov 20

Ans. IGNOU is situated in Delhi, is considered to be the best distance learning university across the world. It is UGC approved and a member of AIU. IGNOU provides MA in psychology through distance mode only. There is a wide range of opportunities once a student completes his MA in psychology from IGNOU. First being registering for a part-time or full-time Ph.D. program in IGNOU for anywhere else provided that the candidate scores 55 percent minimum in his MA. Even there are numerous job opportunities in various fields that someone can pursue provided he/she has a keen interest in the subject. Career Opportunities:   Students can seek career Opportunities in College and Universities in various job roles which are as follows. Career Counselor Academic Counselor Academic Advisor Recruiting Officer MA Psychology graduates can also seek jobs in Healthcare Services. The job roles available in the health sector are as follows. Vocational rehabilitation provider Self-reliance specialist Developmental specialist Drug and alcohol specialist Employment counselor Human resources analyst Parole officers Psychology program manager Rehabilitation counselor Campus Placement Cell (CPC): IGNOU has a Campus Placement Cell (CPC), which works as an interface between the students and the industries. Around the academic year, the CPC organizes various job fairs and campus placements, and pre-placement training in its headquarters, study centers, regional centers. Students of IGNOU get employed in companies like Aegis, Axis Bank, Frankfinn, ICICI Prudential. As IGNOU is not a regular lecture conducting institute, it depends on the student's caliber on how he or she performs during their interviews.Read more
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Ques. Which is better for pursuing MA psychology course, Chandigarh, Chitkara or Lovely Professional University?

● Top Answer By Abhijeet Singh on 31 Aug 20

Ans. MA in Psychology provides the understanding of the complexity of human behaviour. After graduating, there are many career opportunities for the student like Chemical or Drug Technician, Clinical Psychology Industries, Drug Therapist, Drug Inspector, Hospital Drug Coordinator, Health Inspector, Pharmacist, Pathological Lab, Research and Development, Making Prescription to patients, Scientist and Research officer. The table given below gives a brief overview of both the institutes: Categories Chandigarh University LPU Graduation 55% 50% Course Duration 2 years 2 years Course Fee 1 lakh 1.06 lakhs Highest Salary Package 12 LPA 16 LPA Average Salary Package 5 LPA 8 LPA Course Structure: The course is project based and teaches experimental learning to enhance students potential and skills. Seminars, workshops, events and internships are also conducted by the university. The subject mainly focuses on psychological testing, psychopathology, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology and organizational behaviour. Students can specialize in Clinical, Organizational or Positive Psychology. The program fee for each semester is INR 38,000. Educational visits to Mental health institutions, clinics, hospitals, NGOs, rehabilitation centers, etc. They can also choose to do higher studies and research further, like M.Phil. The university contacts companies and arranges interviews providing the student’s portfolio. Placements: The monthly salary of psychologists in India vary according to their job role. Listed below are the details for the same: Industrial- Organizational Psychologists - 40,000 Engineering Psychologists - 22,116 Psychology Teacher - 35,000 Clinical Psychologists - 47,718 Counselling Psychologists - 35,000 School Psychologists - 22,047 Forensic Psychologists - 40,000 Sports Psychologists - 45,000 Chitkara University does not offer MA in Psychology. Chandigarh University is more popular among students, it is affordable and has a reputation for good placements unlike Lovely Professional University which is a much costlier institution.Read more
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Ques. Which is better for an MA/MSc in psychology through distance learning, IGNOU or Annamalai University?

● Top Answer By Gaurav Kalsi on 14 Aug 20

Ans. Given below is a comparison between MA/M.Sc Psychology courses through distance learning from IGNOU and DDE- Annamalai University. Parameters IGNOU DDE- Annamalai University Course offered MA in Psychology M.Sc in Applied Psychology Year of establishment 1985 1929 Type of Institute Central University State University Location New Delhi Tamil Nadu Accreditation - “A” Grade by NAAC Fees of the course INR 15,800 INR 13,800 Eligibility Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University Internship Yes - Type of Examinations Term End Term End Admission Procedure Merit-based Merit-based As per the information available above, MA in Psychology from IGNOU would be preferred over M.Sc Psychology from Annamalai University for the reasons given below. IGNOU is a central University and though it is located in New Delhi, it has study centers all across the country. In IGNOU it is mandatory to undergo a defined period of internship to complete the course which will help you in gaining practical knowledge. IGNOU also provides the facility of teleconferencing, radio counseling, program telecasts, and audio and video cassettes to make it convenient and easy for students to learn. There is a continuous evaluation system in IGNOU. Students are evaluated on the basis of assignments, projects, practicals, etc. The minimum duration of the course is 2 years and the maximum duration is 5 years in IGNOU.Read more
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