Master of Applied Psychology
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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To be admitted to the MAppPsy, you must have completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences (or equivalent) majoring in Psychology and must have achieved a satisfactory grade average over your 300 level Psychology papers – normally a B average or better.
In addition, you should have satisfactorily completed 20 points at 300 level in Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, Organisational Psychology or equivalent.
Candidates who have not met this requirement may be enrolled in the BSocSc(Hons) or PGDip in Psychology in the first instance, with the possibility of transferring to the MAppPsy.
Please consult the Psychology Graduate Adviser (email@example.com) for specific admission criteria and the required forms.
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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(Com)
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(Com) 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.
Master of Applied Psychology (Organisational Psychology) – MAppPsy(Org)
If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology.
If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Organisational psychologists are experts in aiding organisational effectiveness by improving the well-being of their employees. During your MAppPsy(Org), you'll learn how to carry out applied organisational research. This research relates to areas like job or competency analyses and surveys. You'll learn how to evaluate organisational and human resource (personnel) interventions.
Throughout your studies, you'll become familiar with how organisational psychology initiatives relate to an organisation's wider goals. You'll develop your ability to analyse and to carry out library research effectively. You'll refine your skills in presenting proposals and reports, both in writing and orally.
At Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience during your studies. You'll undertake projects in different organisations and you'll be able to join a professional network site called IO-net.
Waikato MAppPsy(Org) students learn from experts in the field of organisational psychology – Professor Michael O’Driscoll and Dr Maree Roche.
Where might your MAppPsy(Org) take you? Organisational psychologists work in staff selection and performance evaluation. They work in training, motivation and work attitudes. You might also use your skills to help with occupational stress and burnout. Organisations may employ you to work with leadership, organisational culture and organisation development strategies.
- Community Psychology Handbook
- Organisational Psychology at Waikato
- Application form for entry into Year 1 of the MAppPsy
- Application form for entry into Year 2 of the MAppPsy
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