University of Canterbury

Master On Campus
24 months
50753 USD/year
11144 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Master of Counselling at University of Canterbury is the only postgraduate counselling degree in Te Waipounamu, the South Island.


This Counselling master's at University of Canterbury is designed to give students the opportunity to extend their theoretical grounding and professional skills to work as counsellors in a variety of settings. 

Learning outcomes

Students are trained to identify systematic, effective ways to help clients find simple, acceptable solutions to their current concerns and problems.

The MCouns consists of 240 points of study, taken as a combination of practical and theory courses.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Counselling and Psychology: Theories and Skills
  • Counselling Supervision and Reflective Practice
  • Professional Counselling Practice 
  • Solution-Focused Theory and Practice with Individuals and Groups

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates wishing to enrol in the MCouns must have qualified for one of the following:

  • a degree in Aotearoa New Zealand with either acquired experience in counselling, teaching, nursing, social work, or an equivalent profession, or been deemed suitable for training as a counsellor, or
  • been admitted ad eundem statum to enrol for the Master of Counselling, or
  • been approved as a candidate by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50753 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50753 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11144 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Students - 16,864 NZD
  • International Students - 76,800 NZD


Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way to fund your university study.

Student loans and allowances

For domestic students, the most common option for funding your study is the New Zealand government's student loans and allowances. Here you can learn more about what they cover, and how to apply.

Overseas financial aid

If you are an international student coming to UC, you may be eligible for tuition or other financial aid from your home country, so make sure to check all your overseas financial aid options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

University of Canterbury


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