42 months
1998 CAD/module
1766 CAD/module
Tuition fee
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Start date


Athabasca University’s online caster of Counselling (MC) is designed to meet the graduate academic requirements for professional counsellors or Counselling psychologists.


The master of Counselling from Athabasca University is a 36-credit online graduate program. You must complete at least 24 credits through Athabasca University. 

Learning outcomes

In addition to core courses in the fundamentals of counselling psychology, you will choose a specialization from one of three areas:

  • Art Therapy
  • Counselling Psychology
  • School Counselling
All courses are online grouped study, with defined start and end dates. The program includes a 3-week face-to-face summer institute in Calgary and two long weekend practicum seminars in Alberta.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Models of Counselling and Client Change
  • Professional Ethics
  • Infusing Culture into Counselling
  • Assessment Processes
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • Developing a Working Alliance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 42 months
  • Part-time
    • 84 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

To be admitted to the MC program, applicants must have:

  • an undergraduate (baccalaureate) degree, normally four years
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in the last 10 full course equivalents (30 credits).
  • a minimum of three courses* (nine credits) in psychology or educational psychology, including:a course in developmental psychology 
  • a course in learning psychology 
  • a course in counselling theories or personality theories 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    1998 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1998 CAD per module during 42 months.
  • National

    1766 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1766 CAD per module during 42 months.



Students with disabilities may access traditional sources for student funding such as Student Loan and Bursary Programs.

Awards for Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctoral Programs:

These are monetary awards, usually based on academic excellence coupled with other criteria including, but not limited to, career pursuits, volunteer activity, and active community participation. Some awards also take financial need into account. For information regarding the available sums of money, please visit the website.

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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