Master of Applied Psychology
Applications for the MAppPsy open in mid-October in the year prior to commencement of study. Application forms for Year 1 and 2 of the MAppPsy are available here.
Applications close November 1.
Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of three key areas of applied psychology.
You'll choose your specialist area in behaviour analysis, community psychology or organisational psychology. You'll develop a detailed understanding of the underlying ideas relating to your chosen area, as well as learn about the fundamental principles and guiding values connected to your specialist field.
During your Master of Applied Psychology studies, you'll be given opportunities to gain relevant hands-on experience. This will be through getting involved in work placements and projects, where you'll be connected with a range of organisations and community groups.
The type of workplaces you'll be placed in depends on the specialist area you've chosen. You could have a placement in an educational environment such as a school, university or special education venue. You may do a project at a research institution or in a private practice. Perhaps you'll work with business and industry, or in the health sector. You may have a placement in a governmental agency, or if it fits in with your specialist area, a zoo.
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$7,705-$8,505 per year
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|Fees (International):||$35,980 per year|
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Applicants for the 1st year of the MAppPsy in Behaviour Analysis or Community Psychology, must meet the criteria for entry:
- Completed an undergraduate degree, with a major in Psychology,
- Passed PSYCH307 Research Methods, or equivalent third year research methods/statistics course,
- Obtained a B+ average across your 300 level Psychology courses OR across the courses which make up your undergraduate Psychology major;
- For the Behaviour Analysis programme only, a pass in the undergraduate course PSYCH314 Behaviour Analysis (or an equivalent course) is required.
- For the Community programme only, a pass in the undergraduate course PSYCH302 Community, Culture and Diversity: Applied Social Psychology (or an equivalent course) is required.
Applicants who have completed the relevant 500 level core courses required for first year of the MAppPsy, in an Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, should apply for the MAppPsy (Year 2).
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Graduate study options
Master of Applied Psychology (Behaviour Analysis) – MAppPsy(BA)
Knowledge, skills, certification, and pathways beyond the MAppPsy.
Knowledge, skills, certification, and pathways beyond the MAppPsy.
The Master of Applied Psychology in Behaviour Analysis provides students with:
- a sound understanding of the underlying concepts and principles associated with Behaviour Analysis, and of the applications of these concepts and principles
- a knowledge of the research skills required for behaviour analysis, including the ability to read, interpret and appraise published behavioural research critically, and the ability to conduct fundamental and, where appropriate, applied research in behaviour analysis
- an understanding of functional analyses of problem behaviour and of how to develop an appropriate programme for behaviour change in their area of specialty
- analytic and library research skills, and skills in presenting proposals and reports in both written and oral format.
The Behaviour Analysis courses available for this degree are verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). The MAppPsy(BA) provides a pathway to the Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis), which can lead to registration as a psychologist in New Zealand and certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®, an internationally recognized certification.
Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) – MAppPsy(Comm)
Community Psychology is available as a specialist graduate subject.
Community Psychology is available as a specialist graduate subject. The University of Waikato is the only institution in New Zealand to offer this professional practice programme that has been accredited by the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Community Psychology is an applied degree, suitable for students wishing to work with community groups. The Master of Applied Psychology degree offers a flexible, step-wise progression through the academic and professional qualifications with the potential to lead to registration as a psychologist.
Building on learning obtained in undergraduate degrees, the goals of the MAppPsy(Comm) are to provide graduates with a quality learning experience for transitioning from academic knowledge to professional practice.
Graduates will have the opportunity to become familiar with how community psychology relates to working in a range of contexts and with a range of groups. Through this programme you will develop and enhance your oral and written communication skills as well as your research skills, through: proposals, reports and evaluation.
Waikato MAppPsy(Comm) students learn from experts in the field of Community Psychology. University staff Drs Bridgette Masters-Awatere, Mohi Rua, and Ottilie Stolte are supported by Teaching Fellows Drs Jane Furness & Trish Young, who are registered psychologists. Our team is supported by professionals (from the Institute of Community Psychology – IcomPA) and alumni (Programme Associates) who contribute from time to time as guest lecturers or examiners.
After completing your MAppPsy(Comm) you can go on to do supervised practice in order to register as a Psychologist. Community Psychologists work in health, education, social development, justice sectors as well as private practice. Community Psychologists are knowledgeable about issues relevant to disability, iwi, environmental and social services agencies, as providers and funders, as well as policy makers. All of these skills makes Community Psychology graduates highly employable.