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Athabasca University

Master of Counselling

The Faculty of Health Disciplines offers a 36-credit, Master of Counselling (MC) program. The MC is a distributed learning, mixed delivery master's program designed to meet the graduate academic requirements for the career paths of professional counsellor or counselling psychologist. The program incorporates core and specialization courses to ensure that all students attain competency in the fundamentals of counselling psychology as well as a particular area of specialization.

Specializations are offered in:

Students in the Art Therapy specialization take their art therapy courses through the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.

The MC program includes seven core courses that focus on the fundamentals of counselling theory and practice. All students are required to complete these core courses. The following courses are three credits unless marked otherwise. The core courses are:

All students are also required to complete an Advanced Counselling Practicum:

Students may be successful in being selected to complete a thesis as part of the Counselling Psychology specialization. In this case, they complete the following additional courses:


Students in the Counselling Psychology specialization are automatically enrolled in the course-based exit route. Students in other specializations must choose this route. For the course-based exit route, students complete two courses in their area of specialization (three courses for art therapy) and the following culminating course:



Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated December 20 2016 by laurab

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