The Atrium

Counselling Psychology

Master of Counselling (MC)

Course-based program

*Note: Program is not currently accepting applications

Program overview

The University of Calgary has offered advanced counselling psychology degrees since 1964, but this option is unique in the flexibility it offers. Most of the course work is delivered online, allowing students to further their professional development while continuing to work and live in their communities.

However, some core competencies to be an effective counsellor can only be gained face-to-face and hands-on. Students are required to be on campus for the program’s skills-based courses (offered in the summer as residencies and workshops). You are also required to secure a practicum placement with a school, agency or workplace that offers counselling services and complete two practicum courses in that setting in the winter and fall terms your final year.

Completing this program

  • Content Courses: Topics include counselling theories, group interventions and processes, research methodology, assessment theory and more.
  • Practicum Courses: Two counselling practicum courses in a supervised school counselling setting.


Public and private education systems, community and non-governmental agencies, career counselling, school district administration, universities, school-based health and mental health centers, community-based day treatment or residential clinics/hospitals, juvenile justice programs, private practice.

A course-based master’s degree in counselling psychology is usually considered a final degree.

Course-based program

15 courses including practicum courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Online classes are also available

Time commitment

Three years full-time; six years maximum; part-time available


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution

Work samples



  • A concise rationale for the application (500 words or less).
  • A CV/personal resume documenting: professional experience; relevant work activities; presentations/publications; and relevant professional development/training.
  • Statement of intent indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the MC program; their educational goals; their personal and professional aspirations; and future career goals (approximately 500 words).

Reference letters


Test scores


Additional Courses

A minimum of 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) in Psychology or Educational Psychology, including one course each in human development and learning. In addition, applicants are required to have a senior undergraduate Psychology or Educational Psychology course in the area of Communication Skills in Guidance and Counselling, or its equivalent, Communication Skills – Interpersonal and Verbal Facilitation. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B-“ or above.

Paid employment or volunteer work in counselling-related and research-related roles will be an asset.

English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


Admissions to this program are suspended as of July 1, 2018

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Educational Psychology Program

Education Tower, Room 114
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Werklund School of Education

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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