Excel in Counselling

Transition to a career where there are
opportunities to facilitate positive changes
in the lives of others.


Graduate School of Counselling

The Graduate School of Counselling at Excelsia College offers postgraduate counselling degrees that enable students to develop a strong theoretical understanding of contemporary counselling theory and research, to acquire advanced clinical skills including in modality specific areas, and to explore formation of their professional identify, so that they graduate ready for life as a professional counsellor.

Backed by more than 30 years' experience in Christian higher education, you'll learn in a supportive, experiential environment from warm, professional, expert academics who are also current practitioners. The face-to-face model emulates the clinical environment you’ll one day work in, with timetables designed to provide maximum flexibility to help you balance study, work, family life, church and other commitments.

Our PACFA accredited program prepares counsellors who will be informed of the latest theoretical, clinical and research advances relevant to counselling; who will be sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families, and communities whom they will work with; and who will value and promote the dignity, potential and well-being of all people.

The Christian worldview that underpins everything we do means you can live your faith and values authentically while learning to become a reflective and attuned counsellor ready to work in varied counselling settings. Importantly you’ll graduate with the clinical skills and knowledge and ethical framework needed to support your clients’ emotional and spiritual well being appropriately, regardless of their belief system.

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Our Counselling Courses

Why study with us

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A vibrant learning environment

  • Multi-denominational Christian college;
  • Equipping people for Christian life and leadership;
  • Small and intimate supporting learning environment;
  • Thoughtful and engaged peers, and passionate, experienced academics and clinicians;
  • Flexible delivery, offering options to study full-time or part-time with a mix of evening classes and weekend intensives;
  • Modern industry-standard on-campus Counselling Centre, with free personal counselling available to all Excelsia College students;
  • Faculty with Masters and Doctorates in counselling, psychotherapy and psychology, published nationally and internationally; and
  • Models of learning and teaching that promote engaged enquiry.
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A successful program

  • Underpinned by a bio psycho-social and spiritual approach to health and recovery, informed by a Christian worldview;
  • Experiential learning, involving observation, application and critical reflection;
  • Informed by latest theoretical and clinical research findings;
  • An integrative theoretical clinical counselling approach, combining contemporary counselling theory, practical counselling skills and intervention strategies;
  • Holistic approach to counsellor development, emphasising maturation, spiritual growth and personal integration;
  • Vibrant and challenging student-centred learning and teaching environment;
  • Aligned to highest Industry Standards, including benchmarked to the PACFA 2014 highest Training Standards; and
  • Extensive clinical internship (200 hours), with included clinical supervision (54 hours), arranged and managed by the Counselling Placement Coordinator.
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Delivery Mode

  • Each semester consists of two 8 week blocks (Block A & Block B per semester)
  • Each semester runs for 18 weeks, with a 2 week mid-semester break
  • Full-Time students complete 2 units per 8 week block (four units per semester)
  • Part-Time students complete 1 unit  in 8 week period (two units per semester)
  • Classes are face-to-face delivery (i.e., on campus) at our new campus in Macquarie Park, NSW;
  • Classes are held Friday 2pm-7pm or/and Saturday 10am-3pm
  • Part-time students can select either the Friday or Saturday classes
  • Full-time students need to complete both the Friday and Saturday classes

What you need
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Set within a trauma-informed, recovery focus, mental health framework, and integrating a Christian worldview, the Master of Counselling prepares graduates for life as a professional counsellor. Our PACFA accredited program features the interdisciplinary integration of theory, research, and practice necessary to prepare counsellors who are informed; who will be sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families, and communities; and who will value and promote the dignity, potential and well-being of all people.
Supported by Masters and PhD trained clinicians and academics, and in the company of like-minded peers you will have opportunities to grow and mature professionally and personally. Guided by experienced clinical supervisors, you will experience firsthand life as a counsellor as you complete 200 hours of counselling placement. We offer practical experience in a range of counselling settings with who we have a long standing partnerships.
Intakes are in January and July (with three round offers for Semester 1 and two round offers for Semester 2). However applications can be lodged any time during the year for the next academic semester.
Applicants for admission must:
  • Provide evidence of completion of an accredited undergraduate degree*, and
  • Demonstrate their suitability for counsellor training by participation in an admission interview designed to explore interpersonal skills and via completion of a counsellor readiness questionnaire.
  • Provide two personal references from persons able to comment on the applicant’s suitability to work within a helping profession.
  • Provide a Working with Children's Check and a National Criminal History Check at time of application
* Applicants without undergraduate qualifications can apply for admission via the Mature-entry pathway which may consider other forms of study completed in the higher education and vocational sectors, volunteer activities, contribution to church life, professional development relevant to counselling; personal references, an admission interview, completion of a counsellor readiness questionnaire and provision of a Working with Children's Check and a National Criminal History Check at time of application.
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