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Counselling (Foundations of Practice)

24 months
30320 AUD/year
24560 AUD/year
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Personalise your master’s degree and select courses from different specialisations to suit your counselling goals. The Counselling (Foundations of Practice) program from the University of Southern Queensland is perfect for those who want to gain knowledge in a range of counselling specialisations. 


  • This is a qualifying specialisation – students from a non-counselling background can study this postgraduate counselling degree. Graduates of this specialisation meet the educational requirements for entry into the counselling profession.
  • Study counselling frameworks, professional practice and ethics, and counselling assessment and interventions.
  • This Counselling (Foundations of Practice) program from the University of Southern Queensland  provides you with the maximum choice to customise your training. In addition to the foundation of practice core courses, you can choose from a wide range of approved subjects from across the specialisation.
  • This degree provides you with the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project or choose to do a smaller capstone project to further your research skills. 
  • To enhance your practice, you’ll attend mandatory residential schools at USQ Ipswich campus to meet the required number of hours of face-to-face instruction.

Career outcomes

  • Career opportunities exist in a range of counselling and human services roles within government, non-government, and private organisations, or alternatively, graduates may become self-employed in private practice. Additionally, graduates may have opportunities to progress into doctoral studies.


This specialisation within the Master of Counselling is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counselling Skills and Applications
  • Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics
  • Counselling Framework
  • Counselling Issues and Contexts
  • Group Counselling Process and Practice 
  • Research Methodology for the Human Sciences
  • Masters Counselling Practicum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • You can apply throughout the year and for courses that start in three different semesters
  • Apply early, to make sure you secure a place


16 alternative credits




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General requirements

CRICOS: QLD 00244B, NSW 02225M   

There are two different admission requirement processes depending on whether the student is studying stream 1 – the qualifying Master of Counselling, or stream 2, the Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice).

Stream 1: Qualifying Master of Counselling

  • Completion of an Australian university 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in any area. 
  • Completion of at least 50% of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling at USQ and have a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or higher, or equivalent qualification from another institution.
  • Provide two satisfactory Referee Reports and a report to address the Selection Criteria indicating the applicant's abilities to successfully undertake the professional and research components of the program; and
  • Participate in an interview with a panel of School staff.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30320 AUD/year
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  • National

    24560 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 24560 AUD per year during 24 months.


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