Master of Counselling (Alberta) Prerequisites

Admission to the Master of Counselling degree program in Alberta requires the successful completion of a 4 year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.   Candidates for the Master of Counselling program must have completed undergraduate coursework showing the fundamental knowledge in each of the areas of Learning and Human Development plus coursework in either Personality or Counselling Theories.

The eligibility or prior course work is determined based upon a review of your official transcripts. In cases in which the prerequisites are clearly addressed through prior undergraduate education, your application will be considered for admittance to the Master of Counseling program.

If prerequisites cannot be clearly determined, students will need to prove the direct equivalency of the course through syllabi in terms of content, duration, level and credit value.  A determination about pre-requisites must precede final admission to the program.

If it is determined that your prior coursework does not meet the prerequisite fundamental knowledge, you may be granted conditional acceptance to the Master of Counseling program pending completion of the required prerequisite(s).  In this case, you would need to successfully complete the necessary coursework and submit an official transcript indicating your grade PRIOR to starting the Master of Counseling program.

You may request a review of your prior course work before you officially apply to the Master of Counselling program by completing this form.  Please include the official course descriptions typically found in your university’s website or catalogue. If you have any further questions, contact our advisor at

Additionally, in the instance an applicant has no related counselling experience, a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service is highly recommended by the Academic Team.