Master of Counselling

University of the Sunshine Coast

Master On Campus
24 months
25400 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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Do you like to listen? Do you enjoy being with people? Do you want a meaningful and fulfilling career? Learn to provide professional counselling support through the Master of Counselling Program at University of the Sunshine Coast.


Our fully accredited Master of Counselling Program at University of the Sunshine Coast provides a holistic integrated and evidence-based pathway to becoming a "registered counsellor". This Program will lead you to the acquisition of advanced skills, theoretical knowledge and clinical experience through classroom activities, blended learning and internship placements.

You will learn the art of assessment and case conceptualization and build a strong ethical framework for practice.

Supervised internships of 200 hours each semester of your final year, take place in a variety of counselling settings. This practical training prepares you for a rewarding professional career as a counsellor and eligibility to join the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and listing as a "Registered counsellor" on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

Career opportunities

The Master of Counselling opens new possibilities for you to work as a counsellor, including private practice, health and human service settings. It will interest you if you want a career change or to fine-tune your existing qualifications by adding a vocational emphasis. If you are already an experienced counsellor, this gives you an academic qualification to formalise years of work and opens pathways to further research, such as through undertaking PhD research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Design: Methodology and Literature Review
  • Counselling Interventions: Expressive Therapies
  • Advanced Counselling Skills and Theories 
  • Professional Development and Supervision 
  • Professional Development 2: Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • Counselling Children and Young People
  • Counselling and Mental Health
  • Counselling and Addictions
  • Solution Focused Therapeutic Approaches
  • Ethics and Reflective Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




192 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).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 079913F 

To be eligible for admission as a domestic student to a postgraduate program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, an applicant needs to:

  • have completed a bachelor degree from an Australian higher education institution or recognised equivalent. In addition, programs may have additional requirements including:
  • some prior study in a particular area
  • a minimum GPA in undergraduate study
  • particular work or professional experience
  • professional standing / recognition in, or membership of, a professional body

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25400 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Master of Counselling
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