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Graduate Studies Calendar 2020-2021 Program Descriptions Education Graduate Programs Educational Psychology (EDPS) MC, Specialization in Counselling Psychology
MC, Specialization in Counselling Psychology
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Admissions to this program are suspended as of July 1, 2018.

Master of Counselling (MC) with specialization in Counselling Psychology, course-based - blended delivery: online and blended courses with some face-to-face/on-campus meeting times at the University of Calgary main campus.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, entry requirements include:

a) A minimum of 9 units in Psychology or Educational Psychology, including one course each in human development and learning. In addition, applicants are required to have 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. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "B-" or above.

b) A curriculum vitae and a concise rationale for the application (500 words or less).

c) Two references; either academic or practice supervisor.

d) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.0 (Academic version). The test must have been taken within the last two years. When requesting that official TOEFL test scores are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813.

e) Paid employment or volunteer work in counselling-related and research-related roles will be an asset.

3. Application Deadline

The deadline for the submission of complete applications is available on the Future Students website:

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring grade point average to a required level for admission.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the MC Counselling Psychology program requires the following:

A total of 45 units of course work that includes: 

i. Educational Psychology 602, 604, 610, 616, 622, 624, 626, 630, 638, 646, 648, 664, 670.

ii. Practicum: Educational Psychology 642, 644. Note section 6 Police Information Check below.

Detailed information on course requirements can be obtained from Graduate Programs in Education website:

6. Additional Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Counselling should have reasonable computer literacy as portions of the program are delivered online. Additionally, students are expected to have access to the necessary hardware and a stable internet connection to fully participate in online portions of the program.

Police Information Check

All successful applicants to the Werklund School of Education Master of Counselling program are required to provide a current Police Information Check which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. All successful applicants will be also required to acknowledge the requirement for a Police Information Check by submitting a "Notice Regarding Requirement for Police Information Check" declaration form prior to the start of the program. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a Police Information Check through their nearest police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside. In order to be considered "current", the Police Information Check must be completed no earlier than June 30 and students will be required to request a new Police Information Check every year in which they enroll in a practicum course (Educational Psychology 642, 644). The original Police Information Check must be presented in person to the administration in the Graduate Program Office in the Werklund School of Education before the start of Fall Term classes and to the organization hosting the student on or before the first day of the practicum.

Students who are concerned about the presence of a criminal record should contact the police department to discuss the process for eliminating or erasing such a record.

A current Police Information Check is required for all third-party and University of Calgary practicum placements. Failure to present a Police Information Check may result in the student being unable to complete their Practicum or Internship. Successful completion of both Practicum and Internship are required for graduation.

Students are obligated to inform the Faculty immediately of any change in the status of their criminal record.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Programs in Education does not normally accept undergraduate courses for credit toward graduate degrees.

8. Time Limit

The Master of Counselling can be completed in three years of full-time study, but students may take up to six years to complete the degree on a part-time basis.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The Academic Program Coordinator serves as students' academic advisor.

10. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

Students applying for scholarships for September admission must submit their scholarship applications to the Graduate Programs in Education office by the posted deadline dates for individual awards as noted at