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   Qualification / Award    CO54 Master of Counselling
   Length    2 years full-time / 4 years part-time
   Credit Points    96 (16 Units)
   Delivery    On Campus
   Available to    Domestic / International
   IELTS    7.0 with no band less than 6.5
   Course Accreditation    PACFA, ACA
   CRICOS Code    056057J
   Financial Information    FEE - HELP for Domestic Students - Course Fees Page
    AQF    Level 9
    Key Dates    Application Deadlines and other Key Course Dates


English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose qualifying undergraduate studies were taken in a language other than English will be required to demonstrate English proficiency as per the table below:

  Examination Minimum Score 
   IELTS 7.0 with no band less than 6.5
  TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) 94 with no score less than 79
  PTE Academic 65 with no score less than 58

Applicants with Higher Education

Educational Prerequisites

Applicants may be admitted to the Master of Counselling if they have previously successfully completed a relevant:

  • Bachelor degree or
  • Bachelor Honours degree

‘Relevant’ means a degree that includes subjects such as psychology, social work and education where you studied human motivation and behaviour. “Non-relevant” means degrees that are science based (not including psychology), where you have not studied human motivation and behaviour.

Applicants with non-relevant degrees will be considered on the basis of their Work and Life Experience.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants without undergraduate qualifications can apply for admission via the Work and Life Experience 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. For more information refer to the  Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

Suitability Assessment

All applicants will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Interview: Successfully complete an admission interview (including a Readiness for Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Questionnaire);
  • Criminal History Record: Provide a National Criminal History Record check at time of application (obtainable from:; and
  • Working with Children Check: Provide a Working with Children authorisation at time of application obtainable from:

International Students 

The Master of Counselling is available to overseas/international students, subject to satisfying the aforementioned admission criteria.

For more information visit the International Student page

Recognition of Prior Learning

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Download the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

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