This is an innovative degree which has been designed for graduates who desire to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in counselling practice. It is offered by coursework, practical component and dissertation. This is a Masters degree program based on the scientist/practitioner model and has a significant practice component. The program provides a professional qualification and real-life counselling expertise for people who have a strong interest in counselling.

Course Fee:

Australian: $52,216
International: $65,800

Entry Requirements:

It is generally expected that applicants will have a Bachelor degree or training in a related area, although each application will be assessed on its own merits.


16 courses (units) including - 12 Counselling courses, 3 research elective courses, 1 professional placement unit (minimum 190 hours of placement)

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

The program is made up of a combination of coursework, practical components and research units

Further information:

Consult the University for postgraduate application due date


The Master of Counselling is a professionally accredited degree recognised by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), which allows graduates to be eligible for registration.

Who for:

Counselling and psychology practitioners who wish to upgrade their skills and qualifications

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 01032F

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Fremantle No info Yes Full time 2 years
Sydney No info Yes Part time 4 years
Sydney No info Yes Full time 2 years
Fremantle No info Yes Part time 4 years

The University of Notre Dame Australia is a leading and distinctive Australian university, a status reflected by consistent 5-star ratings in the Good Universities Guide over the past 12 years.

A national Catholic university, with over 12,500 students, Notre Dame provides an exceptional educational experience, with Campuses in Fremantle and Broome in WA and in Sydney, NSW. Notre Dame has seven rural medical schools in NSW and Victoria.

Why study with us

Notre Dame's distinctive approach to education has been recognised by the best critics of all – our students – as the best in Australia for overall quality of educational experience in the nationwide Federal Government survey.

Our Sydney Campus is located in the vibrant inner city suburb of Chippendale while the Nursing and Medical Schools in Darlinghurst are located just metres from St Vincent’s Hospital. Our Fremantle Campus – located south of Perth in the port city’s West End, reflects the ‘town university’ ambience of the great European universities. 

Professional experience and employability

Notre Dame is a national leader when it comes to preparing graduates for a successful career. In the latest Federal Government’s Employer Satisfaction Survey – where business and industry leaders have their say on the quality of university graduates – Notre Dame achieved first in WA and NSW for overall employer satisfaction. 

Students learn from academics who have years of professional experience and who are at the forefront of the latest industry trends. One of the hallmarks of a Notre Dame degree is the hands-on learning integrated into all programs. Students graduate with both professional contacts and experience on their CV. Notre Dame has one of the highest graduate employment rates (79.1%), well above the national average (70.6%).

Study Abroad

Study Abroad opportunities are offered through partner institutions located in Europe, North America and Asia. Short-term cultural immersion programs take students to destinations such as Cambodia, India, Timor-Leste, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

A liberal arts education

Degrees are offered in a broad range of disciplines in the following Schools: Arts & Sciences; Business; Education; Health Sciences; Law; Medicine; Nursing & Midwifery; Philosophy & Theology; and Physiotherapy.

Employers seek graduates who can think critically, creatively and compassionately. Every Notre Dame student is encouraged to develop these skills through the Core Curriculum courses in Philosophy, Ethics and Theology which are integrated into all undergraduate degrees. Students are encouraged consider how they can achieve their career ambitions while building a better world.

Admission and selection 

Our personalised admissions goes beyond an ATAR score. It considers a student’s personal qualities, motivation to study, academic potential and contribution to school, work experience or community life, in addition to their academic record. A discussion with an academic member of staff gives students the opportunity to fully explore their study options and career goals.

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