Master (MA) in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology

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Applications are now open for Spring Term 2024

Classes start: April 15

Program Overview

The MA in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology is a degree program for educators, psychologists, and other professionals in education who are seeking to work with children, adolescents, families, and schools. The program focuses on the development of specialized knowledge and skills that prepare candidates to conduct assessment, prevention, and interventions for students’ psychological and learning difficulties. The program equips candidates from a variety of backgrounds with the specialist knowledge and skills required to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally, and to serve as positive agents of change in challenging environments. This is achieved through an integrated curriculum of academic theory, skills development, and practical experiences in the form of a supervised practicum at appropriate professional settings.

  • Duration: One year (full-time) or up to three years (part-time).
  • Number of Courses: 10 courses, a practicum and a thesis (36 US credits).
  • Attendance: Classes run Monday to Thursday, from 17:30-20:30. Fridays are reserved for make-up classes and other academic activities, such as master classes, workshops, lectures, talks, etc.
  • Admission points: New students are admitted at the start of the fall, winter and spring terms.

Unique Program Features

  • NECHE Accreditation
  • Combine two fields of study, psychology and special education, for a holistic perspective
  • Supervised field practicum in school settings
  • Appropriate for education and psychology professionals

Program Structure (Curriculum)

Required Courses

  • Theories of Human Development and Learning 
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Multicultural Perspectives
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment
  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Instructional Intervention and Consultation 
  • Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Interventions
  • Principles of Behavior Change
  • Theories and Principles of Treatment in Counseling



Program Level Competencies

Upon successful completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the core theories in learning, human development, and developmental psychopathology.
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of evidence-based assessment techniques and interventions at the individual, group, and systems levels.
  • Utilize evidence-based assessment techniques and interventions at the individual, group, and system levels.
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence in communicating, consulting, and working effectively with individuals and families from diverse communities.
  • Implement core ethical principles underpinning professional practice.
  • Apply professional work characteristics including effective oral/written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Construct the appropriate research design, collect data, and implement the necessary statistical techniques to answer research questions relevant to applied child and adolescent psychology.

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Tuition & Scholarships


Tuition is payable on a course by course basis. The cost for the full program is 9,720€.

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Merit Scholarships

The School of Graduate & Professional Education offers scholarships covering a portion of the cost of tuition to all applicants who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance in their undergraduate studies.

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Libra Group Social Responsibility (LSR) Scholarship

Libra Group Social Responsibility (LSR), the philanthropic arm of the Libra Group, a global ecosystem of businesses with a presence in nearly 60 countries provides candidates of the MA in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology with a good academic record in previous studies and established financial need five partial scholarships of a total of 28,000 Euros. Application deadline April 4 – Spring Term. Click here for more information.

Financial Assistance

Since its founding in 1875, The American College of Greece (ACG) has provided assistance to students needing help in meeting their educational expenses, thereby enabling students with demonstrated ability and promise to access a quality education, regardless of their financial circumstances.

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All ACG alumni are entitled to a 10% tuition fee discount on top of any other scholarship of financial assistance program which may apply.

Corporate discount programs are also available to two or more employees from one organization who wish to study in our graduate programs.

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Student Profile

This degree is ideal for psychology or education graduates and graduates with a social science background who are interested in:

  • Working directly with children and adolescents
  • Supporting students with mental health needs by providing counseling, skill instruction, and learning & support plans
  • Assessing and evaluating individual differences to identify intervention strategies
  • Working collaboratively with parents and teachers to support children’s success
  • Using research to inform practices
  • Counseling school-age students to thrive at home, in school, and in life.

The program attracts students from other backgrounds as well. Depending on their previous studies, applicants who do not hold a first degree in psychology may be asked to demonstrate competence and coursework in Introduction to Psychology. Otherwise, applicants may be asked to complete a course of the Graduate Certificate in Psychology, which provides them with the basic foundations required to enter the program.

Current Student profile

Average Age: 27.74 years
Female: 95%
Male: 5%
Student Nationality: Domestic: 79%; International: 21%
First degree obtained from: Greek AEI (47.37%); ACG-Deree (36.84%); International University (5.26%)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program work in schools, in private or public settings serving school-age populations, and in private practice centers as psychoeducators.

Deree graduate students receive support from the Office of Career Services, which help them connect with the 50,000 ACG alumni around the globe, expand their professional network, and gain access to various job positions.


  • Alessandra Sax
    Part-time Faculty - School of Graduate and Professional Education
  • Mari Janikian
    Full-time Faculty - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Despina Paizi
    Adjunct Faculty - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Lillian Pelios
    Adjunct Faculty - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Remos Armaos
    Adjunct Faculty - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Stavroula Diareme
    Part-time Faculty - School of Graduate and Professional Education
  • Maria Ersi Koliris
    Part-time Faculty - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission Requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor's degree in psychology, education or other social science* from an accredited institution with an average grade of B or better. 

*Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology have to demonstrate competence and coursework in Introduction to Psychology. Courses on the above subject are part of the curriculum of the Graduate Certificate in Psychology.

  1. Evidence of personal maturity and resilience sufficient to cope with the emotional demands of counseling and therapeutic work with children to be determined by the interview and the personal statement submitted with the application form.
  2. Proficiency in the English language evidenced through one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, or Proficiency. DEREE College graduates and graduates from other accredited English-speaking institutions are not required to submit evidence of Proficiency in the English language.

Credit Transfer:
Credit transfer from previously attended graduate degree programs of accredited institutions, may be allowed at a maximum limit of 9 credits and will be examined on an individual basis.

Note: The MA in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology program is eligible for Title IV federal aid.

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