Master of Counselling
- Degree Structure - Duration
- 2–4 years full-time
2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:
The Master of Counselling gives you the opportunity to extend your theoretical grounding and professional skills to work as a counsellor in a variety of settings. You will be trained to identify systematic, effective ways to help clients find simple, acceptable solutions to their current concerns and problems.
The MCouns consists of 240 points of study, taken as a combination of practical and theory courses.
Anyone wishing to enrol in the MCouns must have qualified for one of the following:
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Selection will be based on academic attainment and other criteria, which will include an interview for admission to the professional counselling practice course (COUN675 Professional Counselling Practice I). The relevance and standard of previous studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval. You will normally be expected to have at least a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses. You must also be vetted by police.
To apply, you will need to complete an application form – see 'How to Apply' below.
Students are advised that enrolment in some courses and access to health care agencies for clinical, research, or work integrated learning requires compliance with Ministry of Health and agency requirements regarding vaccination and/or health screening. As these requirements are subject to change, updates and information will be provided on or during enrolment in specific courses.
Entry to the Counselling programme is limited – applications close 1 October.
Contact Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health for details of entry requirements, application forms, and start dates.
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Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
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The MCouns consists of two parts.
Part I includes four compulsory courses, which involves up to 70 hours of supervised clinical practice.
Part II includes a practical course (with up to 300 hours of counselling experience), and either a research course or selection of coursework.
In either Parts, you will also complete one other course in research methods.
The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time student is 2 consecutive years; the maximum period is 4 years. The minimum period of enrolment for a part-time student is 4 consecutive years; the maximum period is 6 years.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Counselling.