Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the Philippines

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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (AB Psychology) is a four-year degree program in the Philippines that deals with the study of the way we think and behave.

By taking this course, you will learn how to conduct and interpret different tests such as those aiming at evaluating a person’s intelligence (IQ test), skills (aptitude tests), and personality (personality test); and how you can apply your findings in different settings such as the field of education, business, and public service.

It is mostly similar to Bachelor of Science in Psychology except that you don’t have to take the additional natural science electives that  are required from students of the BS program. Also, contrary to BS Psychology which is typically taken in preparation for a career in medicine or research, AB Psychology is usually taken in preparation for a career in either law or business management.

Some examples of courses that you may take while enrolled in this program include:

  • Pscyhological Statistics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research in Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Current Issues in Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Sikolohiyang Pilipino
  • Group Dynamics
  • Psychology of Learning

Aside from taking the subjects above, you may also be required to go through an On-the-Job Training at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other similar healthcare facilities where you’ll have an opportunity to put what you learned in school to good use.


Graduates of AB Psychology can pursue any of the following jobs:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • College Professor
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Community Developer


  1. Itchan

    What state university is offering AB Psychology courses here in the Philippines?

    Posted on 10/16/2014
  2. Robert

    I was wondering if this course can take me abroad just wondering if I graduated here in the Philippines and have the chance to go to abroad are there any additional requirements in order to work in abroad specifically in America or Canada.

    Posted on 09/17/2014

      Hi, Robert!

      Generally speaking, yes, it can. That said, requirements vary per employer. From the job advertisements for psychology graduates that we’ve seen so far, a Master’s degree in Psychology is almost always required along with some years of professional experience. We’re not sure if any specific certifications are required, though.


      • mira

        do this course requires a board exam or is it optional?


          Hi, Mira!

          Yes, it is now required. Apparently, a law requiring Psychology graduates to pass the board exam before being allowed to practice their profession was signed way back 2010; however, based on data from the PRC site, no actual licensure exam has been facilitated until 2014.


  3. Arie Pardorla


    Good evening Im currently working as a callcenter agent in Teletech Lipa. I have a lot of questions so where should i go to ask. My main concern is about grade credit systems, schedule flexibility and cost. Another reason I am interested in your school is because my sister graduated here. Thank you in Advance.

    Posted on 04/04/2014

      Hi, Arie!

      Contact persons may vary per school, but we suggest you try either the Registrar’s Office or the office of the Department Head first. They’re usually the ones who advise students regarding matters like these.


  4. Christian

    Hi…. am planning to take AB Psychology for the next school year… what do you think is the best school/colleges/university to take one?

    Posted on 03/12/2014
  5. Jasmine Lei

    Thanks for the info! It really helped! :)

    Posted on 08/31/2012

      Hi, Jasmine!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      You’re welcome. We’re glad to be of help. :)

      • Angelica Mae

        Hi! I am planning to study AB Psychology in Philippines, but through Homeschool program at Cap College here in Makati City.After I graduate can I take a board exam or can I pursue a Masters degree in a traditional school?

        Thank You!


          Hi, Angelica!

          Thanks for visiting our site.

          Hmm… We’re not sure about that. We’re guessing you can if its home-schooling program is accredited by CHED, but that’s just our guess. It would probably be best if you’ll confirm it from CHED directly so they can give you an accurate response.



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