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CityU in Canada offers a Master of Counselling degree program in Alberta, Canada. The program has been approved by the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education upon recommendation of the Campus Alberta Quality Council.

Comprehensive courses cover a broad range of clinical issues to help you develop a solid theoretical and ethical framework while gaining the practical counselling skills you need. Course content includes the following subject areas:

  • psychological theories and counselling practices
  • ethics and law
  • research methods and statistics
  • family, couple, group and adolescent counselling
  • psychoeducational assessment

CityU in Canada in Alberta employs a faculty of active clinical practitioners who are deeply committed to developing your theoretical knowledge and clinical skills. They will walk you through the Master’s in Counselling program, then help you network with local professionals to further your success once you graduate.

Effective In-Class Learning and Online Learning

The Master of Counselling Degree program in Alberta utilizes a cohort based learning structure.  This means that you complete all of your courses in a classroom setting, with the same group of learners, in a sort of built-in support group. The program typically takes three years to complete depending on the cohort, and internship you choose to complete your supervised hours of practice.

CityU in Canada’s Alberta program offers you four different ways to achieve your Master’s in Counselling degree.  For example, you can complete coursework online at your own pace with a quarterly residency requirement by joining our Mixed-Mode Cohort.  In our Saturday Cohort you can attend courses with in-person, classroom-based sessions on Saturdays.  In Calgary’s Weekday Cohort you can attend class in-person a few days per week, and finish your degree in 1.5-2 years.  Our newest cohort is the Virtual Cohort based out of Edmonton.  This cohort allows you to attend class by video conference every Saturday and Sunday morning.

In each of the cohorts there are a few weeks off in-between each quarter, so that you will still have some weekends off to practice self-care.  Typically students in the Saturday, Virtual, and Mixed-Mode Cohorts, complete their degree in 2.5-3 years.  Most students in Calgary’s Weekday Cohort complete the program in 1.5-2 years.  Teaching methods for all cohorts include case studies and experiential practice, in addition to traditional teaching and learning methods for all programs.  In Alberta each of our cohorts qualify for Alberta Student Aid.

Learn more about the courses.

Delivery Modes

Saturday Cohort

(Edmonton and Calgary): In our Saturday Cohort, classes are held in person every Saturday during the day with a lunch break during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms.  Each term is 12 weeks long.  Classes are typically held for 10 out of the 12 weekends in the term. During the Summer Quarter there is an intensive where you would attend classes on both Saturdays and Sundays for the month of July. Then you would enjoy a break from classes for the rest of the Summer Quarter. (August and September). 

Mixed-Mode Cohort

 (Edmonton and Calgary):  The Mixed-Mode format combines online learning with quarterly in-class residencies in downtown Edmonton. It’s a suitable learning format if you cannot commit to every Saturday or do not live in Edmonton or Calgary.  This cohort provides flexibility within a structured program if you are a disciplined, self-motivated learner.  You will be able to engage in meaningful online discussion board exchanges with your fellow online student community and faculty.

Virtual Cohort

Virtual Cohort  (Based out of Alberta): Our Virtual Cohort holds classes by video-conferencing on Weekend mornings. This is a convenient learning format if you enjoy the flexibility of real-time, video conference classes and do not live in Edmonton or Calgary.  You will meet with your cohort by video conference, and form meaningful relationships just like in our other cohorts, except that you will connect with your colleagues virtually instead of in-person.

Weekdays Cohort

Weekday Cohort (Calgary only):  Classes are offered full-days, including evenings, three days per week (schedule varies).  This method is particularly appropriate for individuals who would like to finish their degree at a faster pace.  It is not typically recommended to work and attend this cohort since the coursework is more condensed, but you will likely finish your degree between 1.5-2 years.

Where CityU Can Take You

The City U in Canada, 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.


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. 

Ready to Apply?

If you have an undergraduate degree and a desire to make a difference in others’ lives as a Counsellor, Counselling Therapist, or Psychologist, please connect with Michael Grienke, our Enrollment Advisor, to learn more about our graduate counselling degree program in Alberta. By phone 587 880-4146 or email

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