Master of Counselling

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

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

You will cover:

  • psychological theory
  • counselling interventions and psychological therapies (for adults, children, adolescents and families)
  • an understanding of a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and addictions
  • an understanding of the ethics of the ethics of counselling
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement
  • the completion of a practice-based minor thesis.

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Please note, this is not a psychology course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.


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

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • 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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Direct applications due 30 November 2016.

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