Aspire to Achieve

    •, A researcher, باحث
      A researcher
    •, An undergraduate, البكالوريوس
      An undergraduate
    •, A graduate, الدراسات العليا
      A graduate


Key Fact
  • Program name
  • Program code
  • Chair of the Program
    Dr. Tabassum Rashid
  • Program length
    4 Years
  • Credit hours

 About the Program


Psychology program has a long term academic partnership with the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University​​ ​​​of USA. The partnership involves developing and reviewing the curriculum in consultation with the colleagues from CMU, benchmarking our learning and teaching strategies with those of the prestigious institution, carry out collaborative research, and have continuous communication between the faculty and students of the two institutions. ​

The Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology with concentrations in clinical psychology and social psychology, requires students to have a strong background in basic sciences, mathematics, critical thinking skills, and command over the  English language, essential for optimal attainment of the academic goals and program learning outcomes. The curriculum offered by the Department of Psychology consists of several components that give students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in psychology, obtain field experience in the mental health, social and community services settings,  and gain insight into the professional and ethical standards required for the practice in various sub-fields of psychology.

At the early years of your academic journey at Bachelor of Science in Psychology, you will take General Education Program (GEP), attributed to the Liberal Arts – American style education. The (GEP) covers arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technological studies to help you gain insight into varied critical learning skills, investigate essential branches of knowledge, and develop appreciation of diversity and change across time, culture, and national boundaries. ​

Students will be required to work individually and in-groups to complete projects to develop collaboration skills, and will demonstrate oral and writing communication skills in various formats such as group discussion, debate, lectures, report writing and completing research papers.

Students concentrating in Clinical Psychology will be introduced to important topics in the clinical psychology field, such as psychopathology, psychological interventions, psychology of ageing, child clinical psychology, psychopharmacology, and ethics in research and practice. Students in the  Social Psychology area will be acquainted with subjects such as social factors and wellbeing, stress, coping and mental health, attitudes and persuasion, and research methods in social psychology. Students will obtain the necessary knowledge to understand the impact of theories and applications of clinical and social psychology in a global, social, and environmental context.​​

Skills Development

Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Effat University will provide students with world-class education, the needed skills, and a global outlook to scrutinize social and psychological issues pertinent to their own countries and transnationally, and help promote socio-psychological well-being among the community. Program aims to train students to be critical thinkers, ethical researchers, compassionate, responsible and motivated employees and global citizens.

 Vision, Mission, and Goals


To aspire achieving Saudi Arabia 2030 vision and become one of the best psychology programs in Saudi Arabia and the world by preparing learners with high quality education, the needed skills, and the positive attitudes that will allow students to examine social and psychological issues in their country and thus promote well-being and serve the community.​​


To prepare students to be critical thinkers, ethical researchers, compassionate workers, responsible and ambitious people who will contribute to the society's development. Building on the scientific approach in conducting psychological research, students engage in projects that help illuminate the unique Saudi and Muslim cultures in comparison to other cultures. Students are empowered to construct knowledge collaboratively with their culturally diverse mentors and peers in an interactive learning environment.​


  1. Augmenting the department's national and international recognition by strengthening its presence in the community and enhancing its active contribution to the fulfillment of the Nation's 2030 Vision.

  2. Cultivate a dynamic and collaborative work environment through an effective and inspiring leadership that promotes integrity in managing all the department activities, and promote the Psychology Department to be recognized among top ranked programs nationally and regionally through rigorous and effective quality processes and procedures that meet the national and international standards.

  3. Uphold academic excellence in our current bachelors and graduate programs by providing innovative education, and work towards implementing further distinctive and reputable graduate programs; Promote comprehensive, wide-ranging learning and research activities amongst students, faculty, and admin staff by providing sufficient up-to-date and easily accessible learning resources.

  4. Continue to attract high quality students, to cultivate excellence in student development, and to graduate true representatives of Queen Effat's Legacy, who will be effective instruments of change and social and economic wellbeing.

  5. Enhance efforts to recruit, nurture, and retain a diverse body of faculty and staff in order to make the Effat community a place of choice; Cultivate a research environment that supports faculty and students in their efforts to engage in high quality and effective research activities aligned with the Kingdom's research priorities; and strengthen the Department's relations and interactions with the national and international community through joint endeavors with nationwide and global partners and valuable student internships.

  6. Equip the Department with appropriate and current facilities, including labs, to fulfill the requirements of academic and personal growth of students, faculty, and staff; Contribute to the financial strength and sustainability of the University through diverse fund-generating efforts especially in the fields of research and community projects.​


​The Psychology Department offers two areas of concentration:​

  1. ​​​​Clinical Psychology 
  2. Social Psychology​​

 Learning Outcomes


  • Develop scientifically derived knowledge of a variety of topics and major psychological concepts, theories, applications, and current research findings underpinning the different fields of Psychology.
  • Recognize and differentiate between the different schools of thought and/or the different roles played by psychologists in a variety of settings.​


  • Use higher order cognitive and advanced technological skills to analyze, evaluate, and apply psychological and statistical concepts to better understand the causes, underlying mechanisms, and consequences of personal, interpersonal, and social problems.
  • Critically investigate, evaluate, synthesize, and apply theories, concepts, research methods, and research findings that underpin the different sub-fields of Psychology.


  • Collaborate effectively with individuals and groups, and take informed, innovative decisions to complete and manage complex projects and activities within reasonable timeframes. 
  • Demonstrate leadership via effective oral and writing communication skills in various formats (e.g., group discussion, debate, lecture, report writing, research paper), and interpret quantitative visual aids accurately, showing vigilance about misuse or misrepresentation of quantitative information.
  • Use interpersonal, intrapersonal, professional, and sound interpretive skills to make responsible and independent decisions desirable for the different fields in psychology.
  • Demonstrate rigorous values and ethics, and show respect for issues related to cultural sensitivity and individual differences in professional social context.​

 Career Opportunities

Career Path

The ​​​​Clinical Psychology track will prepare you for a career in areas such as a behavior​ analyst, career counsellor, child protection worker or community support worker. Following the Organizational Psychology track will prepare you for a career in areas such as customer relations, advertising trainee, bank management and claims specialists.​ ​​​

Clinical Psychology Track:

  • Academic adviser
  • Adolescent care technician
  • Arbitrator
  • Behavior analyst
  • Career counsellor
  • Caseworker
  • Childcare worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Clinical interviewer
  • Community support worker
  • Assistant to clinical psychologists in clinical settings (consultant, specialist and assistant, depending on educational level and licencing)
  • Mental health wroker
  • Assistant to child psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Trainer (mental health field)
  • Assistant to substance abuse counsellor

Social Psychology Track:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Advertising agent
  • Advertising trainee
  • Bank management
  • Claims specialist
  • Consultant
  • Consumer affairs
  • Customer relations
  • Customer service representative
  • Educational coordinator
  • Research assistant in business and consulting firms
  • Research assistants in the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Social Development
  • Assessment specialist in National Family Safety Programs
  • Market and social media researcher
  • Employee in social welfare organizations, correctional facilities, and governmental and non-profit organizations (NGOs)
  • Teaching and research assistants at colleges and universities

 Graduation Requirements

​Students must successfully complete a total of 126 credit hours to be able to graduate from the Psychology Program, divided as follows:​

  • General Education Requirements: 42 hours​
  • PSY Major Requirements​: 54 hours
  • Technical Requirements​: 24 hourse
  • Free Elective Required​: 6 hours
  • Total: 126 hours​​​​​

 Fact Sheet





High-School Percentage
Science Section
Art Section
Qudurat *(SAT)
One of the Following Placement Tests
Additional Department Requirement
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137800

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