The Master of counselling is a program that allows students and professionals to develop advanced knowledge and expertise in one of five counselling specialty areas, and at completion, to be eligible to apply to become a member of the psychotherapy and counselling federation of Australia (PACFA).

Course Fee:

Australian: $40,460
International: $45,190

Entry Requirements:

For Master of Counselling (Qualifying) - Completion of an Australian university three year Bachelor degree in any area (or equivalent); Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling at USQ with a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or above; Provide two satisfactory Referee Reports and a report to address the Selection Criteria indicating the applicant's abilities to successfully undertake the professional and research components of the program; Participate in an interview with a panel of School staff; and meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3. For Master of Counselling (Advanced ) - Current evidence of full membership of a relevant professional body, such as the Australian Psychological Society or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia; and English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


16 units: 13 compulsory courses relative to a specialisation, including 2 research projects.

Subjects you can Study:

Advanced Practice; Alcohol and Drug Studies; Child, Youth and Family Therapy; Clinical Supervision; Foundations of Practice; Mental Health Counselling

Study Pathways:

A student successfully completing Master of Counselling may apply to the Doctor of Philosophy. Students may exit after four courses with a Graduate Certificate of Counselling provided they have met the requirements within the program structure of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling. Students may exit after eight courses with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling provided they have met the requirements within the program structure of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Further information:

Practical and/or clinical experience will be undertaken as part of the program. Students will negotiate supervised industry placement where they will have to demonstrate competency in those components of the course(s) which require application in a counselling situation. Students must have a Blue Card issued by the Commission of Children and Young People and Child Guardian in Queensland or its respective interstate equivalent, or be a registered health professional who qualifies for a professional exemption, to enrol in COU8001. These courses must be satisfactorily completed in order to graduate.


The Master of Counselling is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). The Master of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) is designed to meet the PACFA Mental Health Practitioner Mental Health Competencies. This qualification may assist Clinical Members of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) who are applying for registration as Mental Health Practitioners.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00244B (QLD); 02225M (NSW)

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