Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology | HBKU
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

The Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology is uniquely offered within an Islamically integrated framework. It aspires to fill an urgent need for more trained mental health practitioners who are cognizant and capable of effectively integrating the religious sensitivities of Muslim populations into mental health care treatment.


Students are trained within a curriculum structure that is consistent with international competency standards for mental health practitioners for potential licensure anywhere in the world. In addition, under the guidance of internationally recognized faculty in the field, students have unique training opportunities to build their clinical experience—both on-site at the psychology training clinic housed within CIS as well as off-site through the program’s external mental healthcare partners.

The holistic approach of the program aims to produce a generation of scholars and practitioners to enrich the nascent field of Islamic psychology both locally and globally.

Program Focus

  • The MA program in Counseling Psychology aims to utilize the rich Islamic academic atmosphere of CIS to advance clinical training and scholarship that is Islamically oriented and integrated. Students will have the opportunity to train under internationally distinguished faculty and develop a research focus that speaks to their interests and the gaps in current practice.


A 55-credit degree program taught over 2.5 years* in English, that includes:

  • Fourteen core courses (42 credits)

    • Advanced Techniques and Interventions
    • Appraisal and Psychological Assessment Methods
    • Career and School Counseling
    • Cross-Cultural Psychotherapy
    • Ethical, Professional, and Legal Issues in Psychology
    • Foundations of Islamic Sciences
    • Group Therapy
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counseling Theories
    • Introduction to Psychology in the Islamic Tradition
    • Marital and Family Therapy
    • Psychopathology and Diagnosis
    • Research and Program Evaluation
    • Substance Abuse and Addictions
  • Practicum (1 credit)

  • Internship I and II (6 credits)

  • Thesis or Research Project (6 credits)

  • *Students have the opportunity to fast-track their studies by completing all requirements within two years, or extending their study to a maximum of three years.

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