Master of Counselling – Alberta

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.   A grade of a “C” or higher is required for any course to qualify. Click here for more information

Program Details

CityU of Canada provides 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 three 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.

Saturday Cohort (Edmonton and Calgary): In our Saturday Cohort, classes are held in person every Saturday from 8:00 – 5:00 with a lunch break during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms.  Each term is 10 weeks long.  In the summer terms there are three or four weekend intensives, (both Saturday and Sunday), with weekends in August and September off.

Mixed Mode Cohort (Edmonton only):  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  (Based out of Edmonton): Our Virtual Cohort provides online learning through classes 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.

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.

Get Started Today!

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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Core Courses (55)
CPC 501 Introduction To Counselling Psychology Practice (5)
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental skills needed to facilitate therapeutic change. Topics include interviewing skills, establishing a therapeutic alliance, and professional documentation. Students will be able to conduct a client interview using the foundational practices of the field.
CPC 502 Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology (3)
This course is an introduction to the theory, ethics and practice of diversity counselling. Students will examine the sociopolitical nature of counselling, the impact of counsellor and systemic bias, the multiple dimensions of identity, and the goals of diversity counselling competence. The course develops competencies through the students personal and professional exploration of value and belief systems, factors of power and oppression, racial/cultural/gender/ sexual orientation identity formation, and ethical practice.
CPC 510 Professional Ethics and Law (3)
The professional practice of psychology and counselling centres on thinking, questioning, and decision-making. This course provides a comprehensive investigation of ethical, practice and legal codes and issues as they relate to the development of a professional identity. Areas of focus include multicultural issues, responsibilities and liabilities, confidentiality and its limits, duty to warn, and dual relationships. A differentiation will be made between the regulatory process that protects the public interest and the collegial association process that promotes self-interest and the profession.
CPC 511 Psychology of Loss and Grief (3)
The Psychology of Loss and Grief course presents the holistic experience of loss, the varied presentations of the resulting grief and models of understanding and working with bereavement. Students will acquire knowledge, clinical skills and personal understanding of working with people who have experienced a loss, from the perspective of the individual, as well as the macrocosm of the family, culture, religion, etc. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Counselling program.
CPC 512 Family Systems Therapy (5)
This course introduces systemic thinking and a variety of Family Therapy theories and interventions. Students explore the history of Family Therapy, the Feminist Critique, Post-Modern Theories, Neurobiological Research, and the new evidence based models of Family Therapy.
CPC 513 Brief Therapy Models (3)
This course provides an overview of the common factors inherent in all effective psychotherapy, and provides skill development in how to plan treatment that is time-sensitive, pragmatic, and outcome-focused.
CPC 514 Research Methods and Statistics (3)
This course, covering research in the social sciences, provides the context for the development of the ability to critically review, as an informed counselling practitioner, scientific research in the mental health fields. Students taking this course will need basic mathematical competencies: addition, subtraction, multiplying, dividing, and working with roots and squares. An understanding of basic first and second-order equations is an asset, particularly properties of equality.
CPC 520 Qualitative Research Methods in Counselling Psychology (3)
This introductory course will help students to familiarize themselves with qualitative research, which focuses on understanding rather than predicting or controlling phenomena. Course content will explore a variety of qualitative research methods including grounded theory, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and others.
CPC 522 Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence (3)
Students will analyze social and psychological dimensions of power in interpersonal relationships. From this theoretical base, students will develop therapeutic competency to engage with victims and perpetrators of violence in a process of change. Theoretical understanding and clinical competencies will include attention to social context, ethics, and legal implications.
CPC 523 Psychology of Sexuality and Human Development (3)
Developmental psychology describes emotional, cognitive, behavioral, relational, social, and cultural change as a function of age and the passage of time. Important aspects of psychological potential and psychological distress can be understood in the context of individual, family, community, and cultural development. This course reviews the dominant theories that have structured the psychology of human development. It enlarges the focus of inquiry to include class, culture, gender, age and sexuality. Students will explore how a developmental perspective informs clinical practice.
CPC 524 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology (5)
This course is an investigation of psychopathology from a therapeutic perspective based upon observable patterns of behaviour. Students develop skills in diagnostic assessment and case conceptualization. Emphasis will be on diagnosis of syndromes, with introductions to etiology, treatment, and prognosis.
CPC 526 Counselling Psychology Theory (5)
This course provides an orientation on how to approach and use theory in the practice of counselling psychology, reviews a number of current issues in counselling and psychotherapy, and introduces students to both classical and contemporary models of counselling and psychotherapy. Once students acquire these competencies, they will be able to form an initial, critically informed personal theory of counselling. Course delivery will be via lecture, demonstration (live and videotape), in-class skill practice, and feedback.
CPC 527 Group Counselling Psychology (3)
This course provides an experiential group counselling laboratory in which students learn group process theory and skills by participating as both members and as leaders. Students will explore the application of various group approaches to specific client populations and clinical settings.
CPC 529 Psychology of Addictions (3)
This course seeks to comprehend the phenomenon predominantly described as “addiction”, exploring and critically examining this phenomenon from multiple perspectives. This course places special emphasis on compassionate, collaborative, practices of engagement with what may be considered the clinically significant distress of others. This course explores, and critically evaluates, a range of frameworks, models, metaphors and theories seeking to make sense of the etiology of substance use, misuse and abuse within the context of the person’s life and relationships. This course critically examines predominant and conventional ways in which “addiction” is understood, proposing and examining alternative ways of understanding the meanings people attach to the phenomenon of the “addiction” experiences. The course presents a sociological overview of the history regarding the social construction of what makes a drug licit or illicit, and examines associated outcomes.
CPC 551 Comprehensive Exam (0)
Please check back soon for the full description of this course.
CPC 556 Assessment in Counselling Psychology (5)
This course presents a survey of assessment techniques and instruments called upon in the practice of counselling psychology. These include testing for personality, intelligence, achievement, interest, aptitude. Students learn to incorporate test and interview results into written reports, conduct mental status examinations, perform assessment interviews, write detailed case conceptualization reports integrating quantitative and qualitative results, and engage in the practice of risk-assessments (i.e. self-harm and suicide).
Additional Required Courses (11)
CPC 600 Child and Adolescent Counselling (3)
An intense exploration of approaches to working with children and adolescents in therapy, this course emphasizes methods of integrating and applying systemic, developmental, and individual theories. Topics include: behavior problems, violence, drug and alcohol problems, school problems, suicide assessment, and family issues.
CPC 606 Couples Counselling (3)
This course exposes students to the dynamics of couple relationships, potential issues, treatment approaches, and counselling techniques.
CPC 695 Counselling Psychology - Research Project (5)
This course builds on the students overall academic work and introduces the steps of producing a major scholarly document. It is designed to support students in demonstrating familiarity with theories, issues, and problems in counselling psychology research. The final scholarly research document will create the opportunity for the student to critically examine their philosophy of counselling, explore their sense of self as a therapist, research and critique a pertinent counselling issue or topic in depth, and propose and describe critical aspects of a research methodology appropriate for further research in this area. The course outcome is a research project (of 35+ pages that includes all aspects of the design, execution and analysis of research using accepted methodology).
Internship/Practicum (6)
CPC 633 Internship * (0)
Students will arrange clinical internships at local agencies or other approved settings, and deliver counselling services under the supervision of the internship site and the City U Internship Coordinator. This course serves as a vehicle for documentation of internship hours, intern evaluations, and supervisory evaluations. This course is repeated until all 250 required client contact hours and 50 site supervision hours are completed.
CPC 654 Practicum I: Case Conceptualization & Counselling Psychology Treatment ** (3)
The Practicum courses provide clinical experience and professional supervision beyond the student’s internship setting. Students will have the opportunity to participate in group supervision, discuss internship issues, journal their client contact therapy work, and conduct professional clinical case presentations. Prerequisites: The student must have successfully completed Comprehensive Exams.
CPC 655 Practicum II: Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology Practice ** (3)
The Practicum courses provide clinical experience and professional supervision beyond the student’s internship setting. Students will have the opportunity to participate in group supervision, discuss internship issues, journal their client contact therapy work, and conduct professional clinical case presentations. Prerequisites: CPC 654.

*Internship must be repeated until internship requirements are completed.
**Students must be enrolled in Practicum and Internship concurrently.