The Master of Arts Program in Applied Psychology at the American University of Central Asia was established in 2015 with the goal of educating psychologists in the fields of mental health counseling, organizational psychology and research in psychology. The Program is committed to the preparation of competent, ethical and qualified professionals and aims at training psychologists to work with diverse individuals and groups. The Program emphasizes hands-on skills in counseling and research and encourages students to integrate theory and research with their practice. Upon graduation, students are expected to have experience working with individuals, families and groups, and to conduct research in psychology and social sciences as members of research teams. MAPAP fosters in each individual student self-awareness, compassion, and the ability to think critically about mental illness, individuals, families, practice and diagnoses.
The program has three concentrations: mental health counseling, counseling children and adolescents and research in psychology. Each concentration is developed to provide students with necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and to orient graduates into possible career paths.