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What will I learn?

The Department of Psychology is now home to the Masters in Counselling Program.
The Counselling Program is designed to prepare counsellors to provide professional services in counselling offered in social service agencies, community health organizations, non-profit societies’ supporting vulnerable populations, schools, and post-secondary institutions. Students pursuing this degree focus on understanding and addressing the contemporary challenges and complexities of human behavior across the lifespan with special attention to the diverse nature of the clientele. The program provides students with comprehensive, theoretical and experiential curricular and supervised clinical experiences to potentially meet the requirements of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Because the number of spaces in the MEd degree in Counselling are limited, the admission process is very competitive. Admission is by a selection process that is conducted annually during the winter semester.


Students will be accepted into the Counselling Program under the Comprehensive Examination Route leading to the MEd degree. During the course of study, the student may apply for permission to the Program to transfer to the Project of Thesis route.

Comprehensive Examination Route:

The comprehensive examination route of study requires the successful completion of a comprehensive examination that evaluates a candidate’s knowledge of theory, practice and research. The comprehensive exam route includes successful completion of all required courses a minimum of three electives and passing the written exam.

Project Route:

The project route emphasizes the study of theory and practice and the successful completion of an innovative applied research idea or development project that addresses a particular aspect of practice. The project route requires the successful completion of all required courses and a minimum of two electives and successful completion of the written project.

Thesis Route:

The thesis route emphasizes academic study, research and the successful completion of a thesis. This degree route is designed to develop each student’s ability to evaluate theory and practice and conduct research that contributes to the discipline. The thesis route requires the successful completion of all required courses, a minimum of one elective and the completion of a thesis and the successful defence of it in an oral examination.


The Counselling Program includes an integrated set of required courses, elective courses and either a comprehensive examination, project or thesis. Students in the comp route must complete 8 required courses and 3 elective courses and a comprehensive examination. Students in the project route would complete 8 required courses, 2 electives and a project. Students in the thesis route would complete 8 required courses, 1 elective and the thesis.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Human and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
CAD$7,494.69 (US$ 5,518) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Northern British Columbia

Prince George Campus,

3333 University Way,


British Columbia (BC),

V2N 4Z9, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, students are required to have an acceptable academic standing, i.e., a grade point average of at least 3.00 (“B”) in the work of the last 60 credit hours, in a four-year (120 credit hours) baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a recognized institution.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country, Applicants must have an four-year (120 credit hours) Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from a recognized institution.

English language requirement:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 or higher in the internet-based test, with not less than 20 in any of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components; or equivalent other TOEFL score.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) or the CAEL CE : overall 70, with no subtest below 60.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 85 final score, with 3 in the speaking test.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 65 overall score, with a score of not less than 60 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Deadline: September intake: December 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Northern British Columbia

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  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 1 in 4 students receive financial aid every year

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