This specialized thesis-based degree is designed to help students develop the philosophical, theoretical, research, and practical expertise required to offer effective psychological education and counselling.
The program offers you the opportunity to study diverse topics of particular interest to counsellors, such as: interpersonal communication, lifespan human development, family functioning, career assessment and evaluation, and statistics and research design.
The program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training and is delivered on campus only. And our graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers in schools, post-secondary institutions, community agencies, hospitals, and in private practice.
Outcomes and next steps
Research, not-for-profit organizations, community agencies, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, counsellors, private practice settings, intercultural communication, culture studies, curricular consultant, public and private education systems,community and non-governmental agencies.
A master’s degree in counselling psychology will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
Topics include research design in statistics, qualitative research methodologies, multivariate design and analysis and more.
Courses include Relationship Counselling and Counselling Interventions.
Two counselling practicum courses in a supervised counselling setting.
Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Counselling Psychology Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
Normally, a minimum of 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents) in Educational Psychology and/or Psychology.
This must include: Two undergraduate statistics courses (Note: For those who completed a psychology degree at the University of Calgary, Psychology 312 acts as an equivalent);
A senior undergraduate psychology or educational psychology course in the area of Communication Skills in Guidance and Counselling, or its equivalent, Communication Skills – Interpersonal and Verbal Facilitation;
A senior undergraduate Psychology or Educational Psychology course in each of learning theory, developmental psychology, and personality theory.
A curriculum vitae
A concise rationale for the application (500 words or less)
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Continuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply after the first full year of studies.
The Werklund School of Education and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) at the University of Calgary provide a range of financial assistance to students in GPE.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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