Master of Counselling

Details for Australian residents

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You are considered an Australian resident (domestic student) if you:
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
You are considered an international student if you:

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Course essentials

The Master of Counselling will extend your expertise in counselling theory and practice through:

  • psychological theory relevant to your workplace and interests
  • counselling interventions and psychological therapies
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement

You can specialise in one of two streams:

  • adult
  • child and adolescent

If you are applying for a Graduate program in Counselling at VU, you must complete a Referee Report

Please note this is not an Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited course.


Graduates find employment in human services fields such as:

  • multicultural services
  • counselling
  • family support
  • community work
  • refugee services
  • youth work

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

The course learning objectives align with AQF Level 9. Graduates of the Masters of Counselling will be able to:

  1. Critically review the theoretical knowledge of counselling theory and its application;
  2. exhibit an awareness of psychological theory relevant to their workplace and interests;
  3. Appraise and articulate of the range of counselling interventions and psychological therapies offered by helping professions;
  4. Develop a proposal using appropriate research methods deploying critical reading within the counselling literature; and
  5. Further develop an applied knowledge of professional practice.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Counselling students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of the following:

132 credit points (equivalent to 11 units) of Core studies; and

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of Elective studies; plus

Full-time Option

48 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of Research studies


Part-time Option

48 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Research studies.

Year 1

Core Units


12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of the following Elective list below

Elective List

Year 2

Core Units


Admission requirements

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Domestic applicants with a Bachelor Degree in any discipline.
  • International: Overseas applicants who satisfy the entry requirements for Australian resident students (or demonstrate equivalence) must provide evidence of:
    1) proficiency in the English language: International English Language Testing System (IELTS or equivalent) - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6.0.
    2) A Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Mature: Mature age applicants with significant professional experience, without a Bachelor Degree, may qualify for admission into this course.
  • Other: Applicants must be able to provide academic and professional references and may be required to attend a selection interview and provide samples of their work.

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