American Univesity of Beirut

Department of Psychology

​Chairperson:
​Hussain, Zahra
Professors:Dietrich, Arne; Harb, Charles
Assistant Professors:Ayoub, Mona; Badaan, Viviene; Besle, Julien; Bosqui, Tania; Hussain, Zahra;Ismail, Ghena; Saade, Sabine
Lecturers:Awaida, May A.K.; PDandan, Nadia; Fisher, Jennifer; Seguias, Lana
Instructors:Majzoub, Hana; Merhi, Lea
Professor Emeritus:Kazarian, Shahe


The Department of Psychology offers a Master’s Program in Psychology and a Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology. Applicants to the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology are welcome to apply for fall admission only. There will be no spring admission into the Clinical Psychology program. Applicants to the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology must have completed a major, minor or the equivalent (15 credits) in Psychology.

MA in Psychology

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the graduate program in Psychology is to provide students with a strong foundation in psychological science. The program is characterized by both an emphasis on advanced research and statistical training as well as on a strong commitment to critical thinking. The faculty possesses expertise in social, cultural and political psychology, and in areas of learning, cognition and neuroscience. In realizing its mission, the Master’s Program in Psychology is committed to the following goals and objectives: to provide education and training in the use of the scientific method in psychological research; to provide education and training in ethical practices in psychology; and to provide supervision of an empirical research study of publishable quality.

A candidate for the MA degree in Psychology is required to complete 21 graduate credit hours in addition to 9 thesis hours. The student must complete PSYC 301 and PSYC 302 and five additional graduate-level courses in psychology. One of these courses can be chosen from other graduate-level courses outside the department, according to the student’s interest and with the consent of the advisor.

Psychology MA students will follow the following stream of courses:

Psychology Stream

PSYC 301, PSYC 302 and five of the following: PSYC 305, PSYC 310, PSYC 312, PSYC 314, PSYC 316, PSYC 318, PSYC 320, PSYC 350, PSYC 352, PSYC 360; in addition to the Comprehensive Exam, PSYC 395 and Thesis, and GPSY 399. Students are required to pass PSYC 302 to be allowed to sit for the Comprehensive Exam.

MA in Clinical Psychology    

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology is to educate and train graduate students in the science and practice of clinical psychology. Following the scientist-practitioner model, students will be prepared for doctoral study in clinical psychology or competent, ethical and socially responsible professional practice. In realizing its mission, the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology is committed to the following goals and objectives: to provide education and training in the scientific and professional foundations of the field of clinical psychology; to provide education and training in consideration of cultural diversity in the science and practice of clinical psychology; and to provide education and training in the ethics of research and professional practice.

The clinical psychology program has a two-track option. A candidate for the MA degree in Clinical Psychology must select either the research-track or the practitioner-track. Both tracks involve the completion of 30 credit hours in graduate coursework and 6 credit hours of Clinical Training Practicum. Students in the research-track must also complete 6 credit hours of Thesis, which involves the completion of an independent, empirical study, for a total of 42 credits. Student in the practitioner-track must complete 3 credit hours of a Clinical Project involving a comprehensive case study for a total of 39 credits.

Clinical MA students will follow the following stream of courses:

Clinical Psychology Stream

PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 305, PSYC 350, PSYC 352, PSYC 354, PSYC 356, PSYC 358, PSYC 360, PSYC 362, PSYC 364, PSYC 366; in addition to the Comprehensive Exam, PSYC 395 and Thesis,CPSY 399 or Clinical Project, CPSY 398. Students are required to pass PSYC 302 to be allowed to sit for the Comprehensive Exam.

Course Descriptions


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