Miriam College is a premier women's college in the Philippines. Founded in 1924, Miriam College offers programs at the basic, tertiary, post-graduate and adult education levels.

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Psychology major in Gerontology

The MC Psychology Graduate Program offers thesis and non-thesis masteral-level degrees with concentration in Gerontology. These programs emphasize on the study of aging and the provision of services to help older adults effectively deal with stressors common in later life. Stressors such as loss of loved ones, relocation, medical conditions, care-giving demands, change in employment status, and poverty all significantly affect the health and independence of older adults. Specialists in Gerontology address these and other issues through research and services covering family relationships, memory, sexuality, health promotion, and community-based initiatives.

  • Master of Arts in Psychology, major in Developmental Psychology (thesis)
    A thesis culminates the students’ academic learning experience. It provides the student with the means to display mastery of research skills in contributing to knowledge in Psychology. The thesis will reflect the ability to conduct research and write the research report in a scholarly manner worthy of publication.
  • Master of Psychology, major in Developmental Psychology (non-thesis)
    A practice-based capstone project culminates the student’s academic learning experience. It provides the student with an opportunity to exhibit the knowledge and skills obtained during the course of the graduate study. The project indicates the student’s acquisition of learning.

At the end of the program, graduates may pursue a career as Human Development Specialists specific to the elderly, and engage in assessment and evaluation, therapy and program development, research, and assessment.

What Will I Study?

Below are some of the topics and core courses that you will take:

  • Advanced Psychological Statistics
  • Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Researches for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Theories of Personality
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Socio-emotional and Personality Development
  • Biology of Aging
  • Program Development for the Elderly
  • Spirituality of Midlife and Aging
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Total Program Units: 64 units
    Coursework: 52
    Practicum: 6
    Thesis: 6

  • Standard Completion Time: 3.5 years

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This program has Level IV accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). More Information >

Why pursue your graduate degree in Psychology at Miriam College?

  • Integrates theory and practice to empower students to become effective contributors in the field of specialization
  • Links with local and international institutions to ensure curriculum that is timely, culturally relevant, and innovative
  • Encourages sensitivity among students in recognizing relevant issues related to human development, particularly in local and regional community settings
  • Emphasizes on training skilled psychologists that can support individuals and families in normative or diffcult circumstances
  • Engages in sub-programs that promote community extension services (“Padayon”), college community well-being (“Pamati”), student-faculty training and collaboration (“Talasan”), and other academic, cultural, and social partnerships (“Ugnayan”)
  • Trains and mentors from a dynamic roster of faculty that bring in extensive wealth of experience from respective fields of expertise, are nationally recognized, and internationally-trained

“Padayon” is a Visayan term that means “continuing on”; “Pamati” is a Waray/Visayan term that means “to listen”; “Talasan” is a Tagalog term that means “to sharpen”; “Ugnayan” is a Tagalog term that means “relationship”.

Career Paths

Graduates of the thesis or non-thesis programs in Psychology, major in Gerontology, may look into the following fields as career options:

  • Psychologist providing psychological services in:
    • Psychological and developmental assessment with specialization in handling older adults
    • Program development with specialization in handling older adults
    • Supervised psychotherapy with specialization in handling older adults
  • Faculty in the undergraduate level
  • Specialist in Gerontology
  • Researcher

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