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Graduate Diploma in Counselling

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At a Glance

  • Credential: Graduate Diploma
  • Credits: 18

Athabasca University’s online Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GDC) program is designed for students who either do not want to complete a full master's degree or who do not meet the admissions criteria for the Master of Counselling program.

Q: Why take the Graduate Diploma in Counselling?

A:

If you don’t meet the admissions requirements for AU’s Master of Counselling, you can apply to ladder your credits into the master’s program after you complete 5 courses in the GDC.

Q: How long will it take to complete?

A:

Finish this program in as little as 1.5 years of full-time study. You can take up to 3 years to complete all requirements.

Program Overview

Athabasca University’s online Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GDC) program is designed for students who either do not want to complete a full master's degree or who do not meet the admissions criteria for the Master of Counselling program.

The GDC focuses on the fundamentals of counselling psychology, theory and practice. There are no specialized streams in this program.

Why take the Graduate Diploma in Counselling?

If you don’t meet the admissions requirements for AU’s Master of Counselling, you will be considered to ladder your credits into the Master of Counselling program after you complete 5 courses in the GDC.

Program details

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is an 18-credit online graduate program. You must complete at least 12 credits through Athabasca University.

There is only one GDC intake each year. The application deadline is in February and classes start in September. All courses are online grouped study, with defined start and end dates. The program includes a 3-week face-to-face summer institute.

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