Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Late Year Term – 1 December
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
Epsom
Points
120 or 240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Research options available

Programme overview

Tailor-made for working professionals, this flexible masters attracts graduates who are already working in the teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or other related professions and want to become a counsellor or to advance their counselling qualification.

This programme provides opportunities to examine and develop the inter-related components essential to effective counselling practice – theory, research, advanced skills and reflexivity. If you are a teacher, social worker or professional in a related field, this programme will enable you to become a professional counsellor. If you are an experienced counsellor, the Master of Counselling will provide you with an opportunity to advance your skills and research capabilities and gain a highly regarded postgraduate qualification.

Programme structure

The programme includes lectures, discussions, student presentations, skills laboratories, seminars, workshops, group work, individual investigation and self-directed study. Practicum work in community settings is supervised on-site by counselling practitioners and overseen by University staff. Your research portfolio will be guided by at least one supervisor.

120-point programme:
120 points: Research Portfolio (PROFCOUN 797)*

240-point programme:

  • 90 points: Counselling Laboratory (PROFCOUN 701), The Counselling Process (PROFCOUN 705), Cultural Issues in Counselling (PROFCOUN 706), Professional Issues in Counselling (PROFCOUN 708), Research and Counselling (PROFCOUN 709)
  • 30 points from Education Professional Studies, Education, Professional Counselling, Professional Supervision, Social Work Health Practice, or a 700-level course in another subject as approved by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate)
  • 120 points: Research Portfolio (PROFCOUN 797)*

See taught courses available at the faculty for your programme.

*The prerequisite Research and Counselling (PROFCOUN 709) must be completed before enrolment in this course.

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory or Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling)

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Relevant bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling) with a GPA of 5.0 in at least 90 points of the most advanced courses taken.

You also must have at least three years’ practical experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or a similar profession.

Admission is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks, previous employment and referees’ reports.

Note: If you already hold a Master of Education - Counselling specialisation (or substantially similar field of study), you may not be admitted to this programme.

You must have completed a bachelors degree in education, counselling, nursing, social work or similar profession with a GPA of 5.0 in at least 90 points of the most advanced courses taken.

You also must have at least three years’ practical experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or a similar profession.

Admission is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks, previous employment and referees’ reports.

Note: If you already hold a Master of Education - Counselling specialisation (or substantially similar field of study), you may not be admitted to this programme.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPA requirement you may still gain entry if you successfully demonstrate capacity to undertake advanced study and research for this degree.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    Postgraduate study in counselling

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study in counselling or counselling theory, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 5.0 in the most advanced courses taken.

You also must have at least three years’ practical experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or a similar profession.

Admission is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks, previous employment and referees’ reports.

Note: If you already hold a masters degree in counselling, you may not be admitted to this programme.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education, counselling, nursing, social work or similar profession. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 5.0 in the most advanced courses taken.

You also must have at least three years’ practical experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or a similar profession.

Admission is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks, previous employment and referees’ reports.

Note: If you already hold a masters degree in counselling, you may not be admitted to this programme.

How much does a Master of Counselling cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,398 – $7,543.20*
International students
NZ$32,392*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 November 2017

Start dates

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Other important dates

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Where could this programme take you?

This programme is suitable for experienced and aspiring individuals who are looking to both broaden and advance their careers as counselling professionals.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Counsellor in community settings
  • Counsellor in government agencies (such as ACC, Corrections Department)
  • Counsellor in private practice
  • Counsellor in schools, and other secondary and tertiary settings
  • Health and welfare services counsellor
  • Human resource counsellor
  • Not-for-profit agency counsellor

Roberto McLeay graduated with a Master of Counselling. He works with the counselling division of Bays Youth Community Trust and also does private practice work.

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