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Graduate Calendar 2014|15

MC Program Requirements

MC Program Requirements

Program Status

To maintain program status, students must complete six credits during each academic year (September 1 to August 31). Students are required to receive an overall grade of 70 per cent or B- to pass each GCAP course. In addition, students are expected to maintain at least a B or 75 per cent in the program. Students who fail a course, or who receive a grade of B- in two courses, may be removed from the program with no option for re-admission to GCAP graduate programs.


In keeping with Athabasca University's mandate of open access, residency requirements for the MC are satisfied when the student has successfully completed 24 credits within the MC program. The remaining credits may be transferred from other institutions, if they are applicable to AU's MC program. Please see the GCAP website for advance credit and transfer credit policies.

Throughout the program, students must participate in a three-week summer institute and two 4-day intensive seminars. These intensive face-to-face experiences are held in Calgary, Alberta. All students must complete the Developing a Working Alliance Course and the Advanced Counselling Practicum within the MC program.

Program Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the program by submitting their request in writing to the GCAP program office and formally withdrawing from any courses in which they are currently registered. Students who withdraw may apply to re-enrol in the program by following the regular application procedures outlined above. Students requesting re-admission to the MC program will not receive special consideration.

Full- and Part-Time Involvement

Normally, the MC program is completed at a pace of four courses per year. Students may study in the program on a full- or part-time basis. Part-time students must complete a minimum of six credits per calendar year. Program students will be considered full time if they complete a minimum of nine credits in a given calendar year.

Program Completion Time Limits

Students must complete the MC degree requirements within seven years of their initial enrolment in the program. Students who do not do so may be required to repeat courses completed at the beginning of their program.

Non-Program Students

Individuals who are not enrolled in the MC program may apply to register in MC courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting. Courses taken as a non-program student may be directly applied toward the program in accordance with the degree requirements, if and when a student becomes a program student. However, the GCAP is under no obligation to admit non-program students into the MC program. To apply to take a course as a non-program student, please see the detailed information on the GCAP website.

Use of MC Credential

The MC Program does not have candidacy exams, therefore the use of MC (C) or MC (Candidate) during your program is not permitted. You may use this credential only after the degree is conferred.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, each student must successfully complete a final project in addition to the 36 credits of graduate coursework required for the MC degree, including either the thesis or course-based exit.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2014 to Aug. 31, 2015.

Updated July 03, 2014