Master of Counselling

At a glance

  • Credential: master's degree
  • Credits: 36
  • Next start: see program details

The online Master of Counselling program at Athabasca University equips you with the essential knowledge, skills, and judgment to address a wide range of emotional, cognitive, and behavioural issues, preparing you for adaptable roles in diverse settings.

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About Master of Counselling

Athabasca University's online Master of Counselling program is a flexible, mixed-delivery learning experience designed to prepare you for a fulfilling career as a professional counsellor or counselling psychologist. The program offers a specialized track in Counselling Psychology, which is approved by the College of Alberta Psychologists, helping graduates meet academic requirements for licensure in Alberta. Whether you opt for the course-based or thesis-route, the program covers essential knowledge areas such as social, biological, and cognitive/affective bases of behaviour, setting you up for success in your chosen field.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA), a minimum number of credits in psychology or educational psychology, and experience in the field of counselling (preferred).

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Program details


The Master of Counselling is a 36-credit online graduate program. Learners must complete at least 24 credits through Athabasca University.

Because non-thesis learners require a total of 72 psychology credits for registration in Alberta, learners who intend to seek registration as a psychologist in Alberta must have 36 credits in addition to the 36 credits in the Master of Counselling program. For learners without 36 undergraduate credits, options include:

  • taking additional graduate courses in GCAP
  • taking undergraduate psychology courses from Athabasca University or another institution

There is only one Master of Counselling intake each year. The application deadline is Feb. 1 and classes start in Sept. (fall term). All courses are paced with defined start and end dates.

Application deadlines and start dates

Application deadline Start date
Feb. 1 Sept.

Routes and options

We offer:

  • Master of Counselling: Counselling Psychology
  • The courses in the Counselling Psychology specialization are designed to meet the graduate course requirements for licensure as a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Learners from other provinces are responsible for checking their provincial regulatory body for licensure requirements.
  • Learn more about the Counselling Psychology specialization

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 3.5 years of full-time study. You can take up to 7 years to complete all requirements.

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