2 years

Starting Date

February, August

Tuition Fee

$AUD 30,000 per year


Canberra, Australia/Online

CRICOS Code: 088965G

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline as approved by the University; demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant experience, paid or voluntary by submission of a CV including 2 referees; and attend a pre-admission interview at the University of Canberra.
  • Students who have a Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling (UC) or who can demonstrate that they have completed equivalent counselling units at a postgraduate level in an accredited course, will be considered for academic credit for the required units (up to 24cp).
  • Applicants must submit a letter of application detailing relevant experience and addressing the knowledge assumed necessary for enrolment.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS Band: 7
  • PTE Academic: 65

The program

With an emphasis on skills development, interactive teaching, experiential learning and self awareness, you will become familiar with a wide range of counselling modalities, all taught within research-informed and ethical frameworks.

The two-year course includes clinical practice across varied settings, and you will undertake relevant project work and applied research units too, becoming equipped to work across a range of public, private and community sector organisations in areas such as health, individual and family support services, addiction counselling, youth work, grief, disability and mental health.

You will demonstrate competence in a range of counselling skills, including collaborative goal setting, empathy, reflective listening, assessment, change and clinical interventions. You will graduate as a professional counsellor, ready for employment across community agencies, government departments, public health settings or as a private practitioner.

Study a Master of Counselling at University of Canberra and you will:

  • work holistically in a number of community settings with a diverse range of clients, respecting the importance of social and cultural contexts
  • access the most recent and relevant academic conventions and materials
  • develop skills in critical thinking, communication, problem solving and project management
  • experience the experiential, collaborative and holistic approaches to learning, enabling you to develop in-depth practical knowledge and skills, self-awareness and reflexivity
  • fulfil the requirements towards eligibility for professional counselling association membership.

Courses Included

  • Research Planning
  • Counselling Skills and Models
  • Counselling Theories and Concepts
  • Ethical Frameworks for Counselling
  • Counselling Placement and Supervision
  • Advanced Counselling Skills

Career Opportunities

  • Counsellor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Researcher
  • Youth worker
  • Social worker
  • Community educator
  • Welfare worker

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