Counselling Psychology

Counselling Psychology

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

This specialized thesis-based degree is designed to help students develop the philosophical, theoretical, research, and practical expertise required to offer effective psychological education and counselling.

The program offers you the opportunity to study diverse topics of particular interest to counsellors, such as: interpersonal communication, lifespan human development, family functioning, career assessment and evaluation, and statistics and research design.

The program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training and is delivered on-campus only. And our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in schools, post-secondary institutions, community agencies, hospitals, and in private practice.

Completing this program

  • Research Courses: Topics include research design in statistics, qualitative research methodologies, multivariate design and analysis and more.
  • Specialization Courses: Courses include Relationship Counselling and Counselling Interventions.
  • Practicum Courses: Two counselling practicum courses in a supervised counselling setting.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.


Research, not-for-profit organizations, community agencies, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, counsellors, private practice settings, intercultural communication, culture studies, curricular consultant, public and private education systems, community and non-governmental agencies.

A master’s of science degree in counselling psychology will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


14 courses including practicum courses

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Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; six years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

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

Normally, a minimum of 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents) in Educational Psychology and/or Psychology. This must include: One undergraduate statistics courses (Note: For those who completed a psychology degree at the University of Calgary, Psychology 312 acts as an equivalent); A senior undergraduate psychology or educational psychology course in the area of Communication Skills in Guidance and Counselling, or its equivalent, Working Alliance; A senior undergraduate Psychology or Educational Psychology course in each of cognitive psychology/learning theory, social psychology, biological bases of behavior, and (d) psychology of the individual (e.g., abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, personality theory).

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Reference letters

Two academic references, one of which must be from the undergraduate honours supervisor (if an honours degree was completed). 

A third, optional letter may be submitted from someone who has supervised the applicant in counselling-related employment or volunteer work.

Test scores


English language proficiency

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


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Dec. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 1 application deadline

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

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Educational Psychology Program

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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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