M.Ed. On Campus


Acadia University

14 months
2474 CAD/module
1073 CAD/module
Tuition fee
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Acadia University's Master of Education in Counselling program will build your skills for a career in school counselling or to pursue roles in counselling through various agencies.


Graduates of the M.Ed. Counselling program from Acadia University meet requirements for the Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C) designation with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT).

As a full-time student, you will begin the program in July and generally study for 14 months if you follow the non-thesis route. If you choose to study part-time, you will begin your program on campus in July and follow a cohort program that generally takes three years to complete. Either way, courses are sequenced to provide preparation for the 500-hour practicum. If you enroll as a thesis student, you should expect to spend additional time in the program.

In the Counselling program, you will:

  • Prepare to be a leader in the profession through your pursuit of disciplined inquiry; understanding of and respect for human diversity; and your development, use, and evaluation of effective counselling practices.
  • Devote yourself to the prevention, remediation, and amelioration of emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal difficulties, and the enhancement of human potential and quality of life.
  • Build the awareness and skills to work with diverse populations from individual, social, and organizational perspectives. Our program is focused on integrating theory, practice and research.
  • Explore a wide variety of counselling approaches including existential, person-centered, cognitive-behavioural, narrative, and family-systems.
  • Study a curriculum tailored for accreditation standards and designed to prepare you for a variety of work settings and for provincial registration in Nova Scotia and for national certification.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counselling Theories
  • Counselling Skills
  • Ethics in Counselling Practice
  • Research Design in Education
  • Group Counselling: Theory and Practice
  • Crisis and Trauma Counselling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 14 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits

48h non-thesis/51h thesis


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates for admission to the graduate programs of Acadia University must possess an honours degree, or a four-year bachelor's degree, from an approved university. 
  • Those candidates possessing a major in a field other than that of their graduate program will normally be required to take sufficient undergraduate courses to make up the equivalent of an Acadia undergraduate major. Special consideration may be given to those candidates wishing to change from one undergraduate field to a related graduate one.
  • Candidates must have at least a B- average (70%) in the courses taken in the major field in the last two undergraduate years (or 60 credit hours) of university study, including coursework in undergraduate degree(s) and any graduate work completed.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2474 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2474 CAD per module during 14 months.
  • National

    1073 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1073 CAD per module during 14 months.

Canadian Non-Nova Scotia Students: $1,201.50/3 hr credit

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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