*This program was previously called Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling (PBDC).
To be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GDC) program, applicants must have:
*The undergraduate degree must be conferred prior to the application deadline. Official, sealed transcripts including the date of the degree deferral must be received by the program office on or before the application deadline.
** These courses must be at the second-year undergraduate level or above, and must be completed by the application deadline. An official, sealed transcript stating final course grades must also be received by the Faculty of Health Disciplines and date stamped by the application deadline.
If you are lacking the prerequisite psychology courses, they are available at a distance through Athabasca University. The following course options are recommended for completing your prerequisites. (Note: a course in abnormal psychology is recommended for applicants applying to the Master of Counselling: Art Therapy specialization. VATI requires that an abnormal psychology course be completed before taking any Art Therapy specialization courses.)
|Learning Psychology||PSYC 387||Learning||(3)|
|PSYC 355||Cognitive Psychology||(3)|
|Developmental Psychology||PSYC 323||Developmental Psychology||(3)|
|PSYC 381||Psychology of Adult Development||(3)|
|PSYC 350||Adolescent Development||(3)|
|Counselling Theories||PSYC 406||Introduction to Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy||(3)|
|PSYC 356||Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues||(3)|
|Abnormal Psychology||PSYC 435||Abnormal Psychology||(3)|
These courses are offered in distance learning formats. To register in a course, please follow Athabasca University undergraduate course registration processes.
Before the start of the program, successful applicants are required to participate in a six-week online orientation. Failure to successfully complete the orientation may result in withdrawal of the offer of admission.
Applicants without a four-year degree will be considered if they have completed a degree equivalent in nature to three-year academic degree programs at Athabasca University. The degree must consist of a minimum of 90 credits (15 full-course equivalents). In addition, applicants must meet one of the following additional criteria:
Some students may have completed work at other post-secondary institutions that is applicable to the GDC program. Only courses taken within the past six years from the date of application to the program will be considered for advance credit. Students may apply for advance credit for up to six credits of graduate study from other universities into the GDC program. Students must demonstrate that previous course work is equivalent to core GCAP courses or appropriate for option or specialization course credit.
Students may apply for transfer credit throughout the program for up to six credits of graduate study from other universities into the GDC program if courses were not used to fulfill requirements of a completed degree or credential. Transfer credit maximums are inclusive of any advance credit awarded at the time of admission. Only graduate-level courses that were successfully completed with a final grade of B- (70 per cent) or higher, will be considered for transfer credit. However, students who receive a grade of B- in two courses may be removed from the program with no option for re-admission to graduate Counselling programs at AU.
Individuals who are not enrolled in the GDC program may apply to register in GDC courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space providing. Courses taken as a non-program student may be directly applied towards the program in accordance with the degree requirements, if and when a student becomes a program student. However, AU is under no obligation to admit non-program students into the GDC program. To apply to take a course as a non-program student, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.
Updated June 17 2019 by laurab