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Admission to the Master of Counselling degree program in British Columbia requires the successful completion of a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.  Candidates for the Master of Counselling program must have completed undergraduate coursework in the last 15 years with a grade of “C” or higher showing up-to-date fundamental knowledge in each of the areas of:

  • Psychology of Learning
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality Theories or Counselling Theories
  • Human Development through the lifespan (must cover childhood to old age)

These fundamentals may be covered in any combination/number of courses.  For example, if you took one course that included the topic of Learning and Cognition and one course that included the topics of Personality and Human Development, you have probably met this requirement with these two courses.  A grade of a “C” or higher is required for the course to qualify.  The eligibility or prior coursework 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 coursework after you officially apply to the Master of Counselling program.  Please include the official course descriptions typically found on your university’s website or catalogue and a copy of unofficial transcripts.  If you have any further questions, contact our Enrollment Advisor at  

Requirement for 50 hours of related experience

Each applicant requires a minimum of fifty hours of recent volunteer or paid service in a counselling related field.  Recent is defined as within the past 2 years.  Related experience involves a position where your role was in a direct helping relationship in which you supported others (group or individual) in meeting meaningful goals or needs and demonstrated interpersonal facilitation skills and self-awareness.  This position should have received supervision in which you received evaluative feedback.  Some examples: bereavement support, hospice worker, settlement support, group facilitator, classroom teacher, group homes, special needs support, outreach with vulnerable populations or youth.  Related experience will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis based on the duties performed and the education/career background of the individual.

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