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Master of Counselling for International Students

This program is available for international students in the Full-time Cohort based our of Vancouver Campus, and will soon be available in the Weekday Cohort based out of the Calgary Campus

Program Details

CityU in Canada,  provides an approved Master of Counselling degree program in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The program is approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training and designed to align with the requirements necessary to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C. or a Canadian Certified Counsellor, C.C.C in BC.  In Alberta the Master of Counselling degree prepares graduates to pursue registration with the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta, or as a Registered Psychologist (R.Psych.), regulated by the College of Alberta Psychologists and, based on appropriate registration, to enter practice as a counsellor or psychologist.

Our Master of Counselling program provides a thorough grounding in counselling theory and describes collaborative, practice-based ways of engaging therapeutically. You’ll learn from a faculty of practitioner-scholars who well versed in both the academic and therapeutic fields.

Expect a comprehensive core of learning that covers the following topics:


  • diversity and cultural psychology
  • ethics and law
  • grief, loss, trauma and addictions
  • human development and family systems
  • psychopathology and psychopharmacology
  • research, testing and assessment

Effective In-Class and Online Learning

The CityU in Canada BC program offers you four different ways to complete your master’s in counselling program. Although the program offers four different delivery methods, international students can only attend the full-time in the classroom setting.

The Master of Counselling Degree program in BC utilizes a cohort based learning structure.  This means that you complete all of your courses with the same group of learners, providing both a built-in support group through your course of study, but also an opportunity to create a strong connection with future professionals in the counselling field. The program takes approximately three years to complete, but this can vary depending on your internship and the decisions you make about your capstone process.  You have a maximum of seven years to complete the program requirements.

Learn more about the Courses

Delivery Modes

Full Time

The full-time Master of Counselling program offers courses on weekdays.

Student enrolled in the “Fulltime” format attend classes in Downtown Vancouver.  In this fast track program learners typically take four courses per quarter attending classes two week days per week from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  A reading break is scheduled during each quarter, except in the summer.

This modality is not available in Victoria.

Weekday Cohort

Weekday Cohort

Weekday Cohort (Calgary):  Classes are offered in-person at our Calgary or Edmonton Campuses throughout the week, typically from Tuesday through Friday. This method is particularly appropriate for individuals who would like to finish their degree at a faster pace because the program is finished between 1.5-2 years.  This cohort completes the program through an accelerated course-load, and requires a high level of focus and attention.  It is a positive experience for those who have the availability, and are comfortable with the accelerated learning format.

Where CityU Can Take You

In BC, your master’s degree in counselling from CityU prepares you to work as a therapist in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, private practices, social service agencies, not-for-profit community organizations, residential treatment programs and provincial health authority ministries.  In Alberta, the Master of Counselling degree prepares graduates to pursue registration with the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta, or as a Registered Psychologist (R.Psych.), regulated by the College of Alberta Psychologists and, based on appropriate registration, to enter practice as a counsellor or psychologist. 

Program graduates often go on to rewarding careers in youth and family treatment agencies, private practices, employee assistance programs, school systems, health care and substance abuse facilities, centers for those with developmental disabilities, and many other settings.

Prerequisites

British Columbia

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 within the last 15 years with a grade of “C” or higher showing up-to-date fundamental knowledge in each of the following areas: 

  • Psychology of Learning
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Human Development through the Lifespan
  • Personality or Counselling Theories

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.  Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a minimum of fifty hours of recent (within past 2 years) volunteer or paid work experience in a position related to counselling.

Alberta

Admission to the Master of Counselling degree program in Alberta requires completion of a 4-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. Candidates for the Master of Counselling program must have completed an undergraduate course with a C grade or higher showing the fundamental knowledge in each of the following categories:

  • Human Development
  • Learning Theories/ or Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality or Counselling Theories

The Alberta program requires a separate course for each of the three prerequisite categories where the entire focus of the course is on the prerequisite topic.  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.

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.  

Click here for more information about Prerequisites in BC

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Mandatory Supplemental Documents for International Student

Click here for the list of supplemental documents required in addition to your application.

Are you a Canadian Resident? 

Ready to Apply?

Reach out to Marien Farber, our Enrollment Advisor, to learn about starting your career as a therapist or counsellor in British Columbia, Canada. BCInquiries@CityU.edu or  778-588-5007 (toll-free: 1-800-663-7466).

If you are interested in attending in Alberta, please reach out to Enrollment Advisor, Michael Grienke at ABInquiries@cityu.edu or phone 587-880-4146.

Apply now!