Program Overview

Do you like to listen? Do you enjoy being with people? Do you want a meaningful and fulfilling career? Learn to provide professional counselling support through the Master of Counselling Program.

In this program you will:

  • Immerse yourself in a holistic integrated and evidence-based pathway to becoming a registered counsellor

  • Acquire advanced skills, theoretical knowledge and clinical experience through classroom activities, blended learning and internship placements

  • Be exposed to advanced counselling skills and theories, counselling and mental health, counselling and addictions, counselling children and young people, mindfulness-based interventions, expressive therapies and solution focused brief therapy.

  • Learn the art of assessment and case conceptualisation

  • Build a strong ethical framework for practice


Sunshine CoastAustralia

  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 26,000


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 85

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Required courses (16) 192 units

  • COU700 Expressive Therapies: Counselling with the Creative Arts

  • COU701 Advanced Counselling Skills 1: Interpersonal Processes

  • COU702 Professional Development 1: Clinical Practice

  • COU703 Internship 1

  • COU704 Internship 2

  • COU705 Professional Development 2: Grief, Loss and Trauma

  • COU706 Counselling Children and Young People

  • COU707 Counselling and Mental Health

  • COU708 Counselling and Addictions

  • COU709 Solution Focused Therapeutic Approaches

  • COU750 Ethics and Reflective Practice

  • COU751 Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Group Work

  • COU754 Research Project A

  • COU755 Research Project B

  • COU781 Pluralistic Couple and Family Counselling

  • SCS725 Advanced Social Research

A student entering the Master of Counselling will normally be required to hold an approved 3-year degree in Counselling (AQF Level 7) or a Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) in other cognate areas as approved by the University.

Entry by non-graduates who have extensive relevant industry experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Head of School, Social Sciences.

Applicants are required to complete an additional personal statement and attend an interview (refer to application form). Interviews for International students on a Student visa will be conducted by Skype.

Applicants must hold a valid Suitability Card (Blue Card), which is issued bythe Public Safety Business Agency, prior to commencement.

The Master of Counselling offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) as well as domestic fee paying places. Offers for both CSP and fee paying places will be made after the application due date for the program.

CSP will be allocated on the basis of your Grade Point Average in the degree used to meet admission requirements. Applicants falling below the demand-driven cut-off for a CSP may be offered a domestic fee paying place (with the option to access FEE-HELP) subject to capacity limitations. USC reserves the right to offer a small number of CSP to students from ATSIC or disadvantaged backgrounds.


English Language Requirement

  • IELTS (Academic)    Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest

  • TOEFL iBT    Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing

Annual tuition fee ($AUD)


  • Counsellor

  • Health

  • Human services

  • Private practice

  • Researcher

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