Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling

At a glance

  • Credential: post-master's certificate
  • Credits: 12
  • Next start: see program details

Counselling is a critical field with essential support for individuals navigating mental, emotional, and even physical challenges. By offering coping strategies, resources, and a safe space for expression, counsellors play a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life for people and communities alike.

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About Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling

If you've already earned a master's degree in counselling or applied psychology, Athabasca University's online Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling program offers you a chance to specialize further. Designed for practicing counsellors aiming to broaden their expertise or pivot their career focus, this program is a perfect fit for those who want more than a general-focus master's degree. Completing the 12-credit certificate allows you to develop a new area of specialization, enriching both your practice and professional opportunities.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements include a related master's degree in a counselling-related field, with a minimum grade point average (GPA).

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Program details


Why take the Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling?

The Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling is designed for counsellors who want to specialize in a new focus area. If you're looking for a change in career direction or want to add a specialization to your general-focus master's degree, the Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling is for you.

If you have a master's degree in a human science field and are looking to enrich your educational background, the Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling could be a great fit for you. It offers a selection of foundational courses in counselling psychology theory and practice to complement your existing expertise.

Application deadlines and start dates

Application deadline Start date
April 1 Sept.
Aug. 1 Jan.
Dec. 1 May

The Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling is a 12-credit online graduate program. You must complete at least 9 credits through Athabasca University.

There are 3 intakes each year: in Sept., Jan., and May.

Application deadlines

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 1 year of full-time study. You can take up to 2 years to complete all requirements.

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