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Master of Arts in Applied Psychology {Clinical and Counseling Practice}

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Intake: 50

Highlights :

  • Curriculum follows Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) pattern and includes internship program
  • Students will be instructed in psychological assessment of children and adults


In emerging nations like India, there are more people concerned about their mental health. Stress levels are rising in a world that is becoming more globalized. Urbanization, modernization, and globalization processes have increased the pace of change. The rising tensions in daily life are a result of a number of issues, including poverty, migration, industrialization, rising inflation, violence, upwardly mobile lifestyles, rising aspirations, and media exposure. Individuals' resources and daily needs are increasingly at odds with one another. The existing support structures offered by the family, the school, the peer group, and the job are proving to be insufficient to handle the surging plethora of demands, expectations, roles, and tasks placed on the individual's shoulders, even while the loads are growing on a daily basis.

According to the Mental Health Survey (2015–16), the treatment gap for various mental diseases ranged from 70 to 92%. According to anecdotal sources, India has between 3,500 and 5,000 psychiatrists, which equates to one psychiatrist for every 200,000 to 300,000 people. About 320 psychiatrists, 50 clinical psychologists, and 185 mental health nurses are annually produced by the training infrastructure that is now in place. One of the main obstacles to the development of mental health care in India is the lack of educated and monitored services and professionals. The need for educating mental health practitioners who can effectively address the needs of communities is made abundantly evident by this.

The M.A. in Counseling program was initially introduced in 2009 by the School of Human Ecology (SHE), part of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, in response to the nation's lack of qualified professionals to deliver mental health services. Since then, the School of Human Ecology has created a single master's program with the name MA Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Practice) based on ongoing evaluation, student feedback, and input from the field.

The planned M.A. in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counseling Practice) course's scope includes the creation of interventions with the goals of improving person-environment fit, fostering resilience for successful coping, and boosting well-being and Quality of Life. As outlined in the Boulder Model for clinical psychology training (Frank, 1984), the program will be centered on the development of practitioners with a strong research foundation as scientist-practitioners. However, a contextual and developmental perspective will guide the course content and methodology. The purpose of training will be to raise people's understanding of diversity and the sociocultural circumstances in which they live.

The M.A. in Applied Psychology's specific objective is to prepare students for the assessment and intervention of developmental, mental health, and issue-based problems with an emphasis on primary preventive and therapeutic approaches. The current M.A. program aims to increase students' self-awareness and provide them with a solid theoretical foundation from which to develop the abilities they will need to put those theories into practice through fieldwork and internships.The goal is to seamlessly combine theory and practice. The improvement of pupils' research skills is also a priority. The practice component includes supervision, which enables students to gain from criticism given by qualified experts in the field.

Hours of Credit Distributed:

First year (Semester I -II)   
Foundation Courses
Applied psychology courses
Fieldwork practicum
Research methodology courses
 Research project
Second year (Semester III -IV) 
Applied psychology courses
Disciplinary elective courses
Field work practicum
Research project
Total Credits 

Semesterwise Courses:

Course No.
Course Title
MA Applied Psychology(Clinical and counsellingpractice)
Foundation Courses
Counselling process &Micro-skills- I
Counselling process &Micro-skills- II
Approaches to psychotherapy andcounselling-I
Introduction to ResearchMethodology
Understanding PsychologicalProblems –I
Human growth and development
Preparation for clinical andcounselling field practice
 Total semester I credits
Understanding PsychologicalProblems –II
Approaches to Psychotherapy andcounselling-II
Statistics and Data Analysis
Psychological assessment anddiagnostics- I
4 (Two credits for class roomteaching and two credits forTutorial)
Research Project
1 (for proposal presentation)
Field Practicum – I
4 (2 credits for field visits, 2credits FW in hospitals forobservations, case histories –linked with UPP AP8 course)
CBCS(School of Human Ecology offers one of the Foundation electiveCBCS titled, ‘Socio-cultural contexts of counselling’
Total semester II credits
Psychological Assessment andDiagnostics- II
4 (Two credits for class roomteaching and two credits forTutorial)
Approaches to Psychotherapy andCounseling –III
Community Mental Health
Qualitative Data Analysis
Ethics in clinical and counselling 2 practice
Disciplinary Electives
2 AP19.1 Child and AdolescentPsychotherapyAP 19.2 Couple and FamilytherapyAP 19.3 Therapy forsubstance use and addictionissues
Field Practicum - II
4 (Field work is linked withthe disciplinary electives)
Research Project (contd.)
4 (Field work is linked withthe disciplinary electives)
Total sem III credits
AP 21
Disciplinary elective
2 AP 21.1 School counsellingAP 21.2 counselling olderadultsAP 21.3 Advanced assessmentand therapeutic techniques inclinical practiceAP 21.4Trauma Therapy
Research Project (contd.)
3 (Analysis presentation, VivaVoce and Final Submission ofthesis)
Field Practicum III
4 (Linked to the Disciplinaryelective)
Internship (Compulsory, non-creditcourse)
Total sem IV credits
  Total Credits (Sem I+II+III+IV)

* Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.

Course Structure

⦿ Semester 1 Courses:

  • Foundation Course
  • Philosophy of Research
  • Counselling Process and Micro skills (Part 1 and 2)
  • Personal & Interpersonal Development of the Counselor I (PIDC)
  • Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy - I
  • Psychopathology - I
  • Research Methods - I
  • Practicum - I

⦿ Semester 2 Courses:

  • Psychopathology - I
  • Psychological Assessment and Diagnostics - I
  • Personal & Interpersonal Development of the Counselor - II
  • Ethics
  • Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy - II
  • Research Methods - II
  • Practicum - II
  • Research Project
  • Elective Foundation
  • Open Elective

⦿ Semester 3 Courses:

  • Psycho Assesment and Diagnostics - II
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Theoretical Approaches and Techniques in Psychotherapy - III
  • Psychopathology - III
  • Practicum
  • Research Project

⦿ Semester 4 Courses:

  • Community Mental Health
  • Research Project
  • Practicum and Case Presentations
  • Internship (Compulsory, non-credit Course)

Fee Structure:

*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.


Recruiting Companies

Axis Bank | BBC Hindi | CNBCtV | CUTS International | Deloitte | First Post | Google | Hindustan Times | KPM Asset | Mid day | Mumbai Mirror | NTPC | pidilite industries | Piramal Healthcare | RADIO ONE | Red Chilies Entertainment | Reliance | Tata Motors | Tata Power | Teach For India | The Hindu | The Times Of India | theIndian Express | UNICEF

Salary Stats (Annual) (In INR)

6 lakh Median Salary

Entry Requirements

Entry Criteria
International students eligibility
Candidate must have completed graduation or equivalent with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university/ college. Proof of English Language Proficiency is essential only for an applicant who has studied in a university located in a non-English speaking country or whose mode of Instruction during previous Degree/ diploma was not English. The candidate has to provide any one of the following scores. The score should not be older than two years. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic version-minimum score of 6.5 is required. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL - iBT): a score of above 90 or intermediate level performance or Certification of Proficiency in the English issued by the University/College/School from where the candidate has passed her/ his last qualifying examination. Kindly note, only those students who have qualified from foreign Universities or Boards of Higher Education, recognized as equivalent by the AIU, are eligible for admission.
Other eligibility criteria
Candidate must have completed B.A. degree in Psychology or in General with minimum three papers in Psychology from a recognized university/ college. Final year appearing candidates can also apply on provisional basis. Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by June 10, 2019 are eligible to apply to all the program.

eligibility requirements

  • Candidates should have a minimum of three psychology-related papers from their BA (Psychology) or BA (General) degree.
  • Candidates who will take the aforementioned topics in their B.A. final test and are awaiting results may also apply.
  • Candidates for 3-year degree programs must have completed all first-through-fourth semester courses with a passing grade, and those for 4-year degree programs must have completed all first-through-sixth semester courses with a passing grade.
  • Only candidates who are capable of passing all of their bachelor's degree final year exams are eligible to apply to all of the programs.

Admission Information

Three assessment criteria are used in the two stages of candidate selection for various programs. Every applicant takes the national entrance exam (TISSNET). Only those candidates who have been shortlisted based on their performance on the TISSNET exam are invited to the Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview (PIT/PI).Admission is based on the TISSNET score and performance in pre-interview test and personal interview.

Selection parameters and weightages:

  • TISSNET score- 40%
  • Pre-Interview Test- 30%
  • Personal Interview- 30%

For International Students, admission is based on the IET score and performance in skype interview.

TISS Mumbai Master of Arts [MA] (Applied Psychology) Important Dates

➤ Upcoming Events

TISSNET Registration Timeline
Dec 15, 2023 - Feb 01, 2024 (Tentative)
TISSNET Admit Card Date
Feb 18, 2024 (Tentative)
Feb 25, 2024 (Tentative)
TISSNET Result Date
Mar 23, 2024 (Tentative)

➤ Expired Events

Online Assessment (Stage - 2)
Apr 13, 2023 - May 06, 2023
Online Application Form Timeline
Mar 29, 2023 - Apr 11, 2023

PG entrance test

  • The 100 MCQ of the computer-based TISS-NET test are all of the objective type. The TISS-NET 2024 conference will take place across India.
  • Candidates who are applying to one or more programs simply need to take one test, and the TISS-NET score will be accepted for all of the programs.
  • NO NEGATIVE MARKING IS APPLICABLE FOR ANY PROGRAM ON TISS-NET.                                      
  • English will be TISS-NET's primary language.
  • The test will last from 2 until 3:40. One hour and forty minutes

The following lists the fundamental format, goal, and contents of TISS-NET 2023. The basic structure, Objective, and Contents of TISS-NET 2023 are given below:

Components / Sections
English proficiency
Mathematics and Logical reasoning
General Awareness(GA)
Number of Questions
Total Marks (100)
Sectional Cut-off (SCO)
1. 35% (14 Marks) for Gen, EWS, KM, and AF 2. 30% (12 Marks) for OBC (NC) and PWD 3. No Sectional Cut off for SC/ST 4. #Please see revised sectional cut off below
Preparation Level
Up to Class X
Up to Class X
Linked with Objectives of the Section
Assess English language comprehension and usage
Assess quantitative skills and logical reasoning
Assess awareness about current affairs, developmental and socio-political issues
Broad Coverage (Indicative and not restrictive)
1. Word choice/sentence correction 2. Odd-one-out 3. Analogies 4. Synonyms & Antonyms 5. Grammar 6.Verbal reasoning 7. Reading comprehension
1. Basic Arithmetic 2. Basic Geometry 3. Basic Trigonometry 4. Basic Statistics 5. Number Series 6. Data interpretation 7. Logical reasoning
1. Politics 2. Social Studies 3. Science & Technology 4. Environment 5. Sports 6. Art & Culture 7. Indian History

*Sectional cut-off for General Awareness (GA) is applied for qualifying the TISS-NET. Candidates not scoring the minimum cut-off mark for the General Awareness as above will not be qualified for TISS NET irrespective of the aggregate score

In order to evaluate yourself in accordance to the TISSNET exam we recommend you to give a mock test with us (ATTEMPT FREE TISSNET MOCKS) and see where you stand with respect to other aspirants.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What kind of questions are asked in TISSNET Personal Interview rounds?

Ans. Yes, candidates must have graduated from high school or have earned a 4-year Bachelor's degree in medicine, paramedicine, engineering, pharmacy, law, or veterinary science to be eligible for admission to the TISS MHA program.The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) National Entrance Test (NET) is a competitive examination for admission to various postgraduate programs offered by the TISS. The Personal Interview PI round is a crucial part of the selection process for these programs, and the questions asked during the PI are typically designed to assess the candidate's motivation, aptitude, and potential for the programme they have applied to. In general, the PI panel may inquire on a variety of subjects, such as: Your educational and professional history What motivated you to apply to the program? Your objectives and passions Your knowledge of the program's objectives and curriculum Your perspectives on the nation's social and economic problems Your relevant experiences, abilities, and talents for the program How well-suited you are to the curriculum and the profession you have selected Your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your analytical and critical thinking abilities, may be tested by the panel through questions. It's critical to be well-prepared for the PI and have the ability to express yourself succinctly and effectively.

Q2. What criteria are used to set the TISSNET cutoff?

Ans. The following criteria form the basis for how the Tata Institute of Social Sciences determines the TISSNET cutoff: 1. The quantity of applicants taking the TISSNET test 2. The number of seats available at a campus for a certain program. 3. The number of candidates that met the qualification standard 4. The applicants' categories The results are announced together with the TISSNET cutoff. The cutoff for the programs that candidates have applied for can be checked. Based on the candidates' complaints to the answer key, the TISSNET cutoff is likewise modified. The threshold is also changed if the number of questions is reduced and the responses are updated.

Q3. Are seats reserved at the time of entry?

Ans. Yes, there are reserved seats for various admission groups.

Q4. Can I ask for the TISSNET result to be reevaluated?

Ans. Candidates who have taken the TISSNET exam are not eligible to request a reevaluation of their scores. Soon after the exam is finished, TISS provides the TISSNET question paper and answer key. The final answer key, the TISSNET result, and the candidate's response sheet are all made public based on the challenges that were submitted. After the results are announced, candidates will not be allowed to request a re-evaluation of their grades. The TISSNET score is the total of the marks earned for each accurate response. Negative marking is not allowed during the TISSNET exam.

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