Counselling Psychology is a helping profession devoted to preventing, remediating and ameliorating emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal difficulties as well as enhancing human potential and quality of life. These aims are achieved through the integration of science and practice in the development of knowledge, skills, and judgment for working effectively in a variety of settings with diverse populations.
The course-based Counselling Psychology program is designed to train competent psychologists who possess the necessary professional abilities to enable them to adapt to the changing and diversifying roles of a psychologist. The program is based on the scholar-practitioner model of professional practice and is not intended to prepare students to undertake Ph.D. studies.
In order to be considered for admission into the Master’s Program in Counselling Psychology applicants must:
- have obtained a four-year baccalaureate degree in psychology or education, or its equivalent, offered by a recognized degree-granting institution of higher education in Canada, a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States, or a University in another country acceptable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
- have successfully completed at least 36 credits of undergraduate coursework in psychology (or educational psychology), including at least 3 credits of senior undergraduate coursework in each of the following areas:
• Biological bases of behaviour (e.g., physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology)
• Cognitive-affective bases of behaviour (e.g., learning, sensation, perception, cognition, thinking, motivation, emotion)
• Social basis of behaviour (e.g., social psychology; cultural, ethnic, and group processes; sex roles; organizational and systems theory)
• Individual behaviour (e.g., personality theory, human development, individual differences, abnormal psychology)
Senior undergraduate coursework is defined as coursework that is not introductory in nature or content and typically begins with 3xx or 4xx in the course. Exceptional applicants who are missing no more than 6 credits of pre-requisite coursework may be admitted into the program on the condition that they complete additional coursework that addresses the deficiencies, as co-requisites to their Master’s program.
- have acquired practical experience in the application of psychology (e.g., crisis line volunteer, youth worker).
- provide three letters of reference; two of which must be from someone knowledgeable about the applicant’s scholarly abilities and potential, and one of which must be from someone knowledgeable about the applicant’s counselling abilities and potential.
- provide a two-page statement of intent indicating general areas of research and applied interest, previous academic and practical activity, and plans upon graduation.
- complete a Supplementary Application Form.
Admissions decisions are based on 6 core criteria: (1) academic record, (2) depth and breadth of psychology courses taken, (3) relevant research and applied/volunteer experiences, (4) letters of recommendation, (5) quality of writing and statement of intent, and (6) overall match with program goals and faculty interests. Admissions are also based on inferred scientist-practitioner sensibilities (i.e., interest in—and awareness of—the scientist-practitioner training model in counselling psychology, as well as the commitment to balancing and integrating research and practice and monitoring one’s development and effectiveness over time). Applications are reviewed by two faculty members and rated on a 5-point scale. Those with the highest average ratings are considered for admission.
If you are interested in applying to the course-based Counselling Psychology MEd program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before applying.
The program is comprised of (minimum) 11 three-credit courses, and a capping project.
1. Required Core Courses *30
- EDPY 501, Introduction to Methods of Educational Research *3
- EDPY 507, Measurement Theory I *3
- EDPY 521, Foundations of Assessment *3
- EDPY 533, Basic Skills, Issues, & Attitudes in Counselling I *3 (P)
- EDPY 534, Basic Skills, Issues, & Attitudes in Counselling II *3 (P)
- EDPY 536, Ethical & Professional Issues in Psychological Practice *3
- EDPY 542, Cross-Cultural Counselling *3
- EDPY 538, Theory & Practice of Group Counselling *3
- EDPY 597, Psychopathology and Diagnosis *3
- EDPY 597, Assessment Practicum in Counselling Psychology *3 (P)
Practicum Courses (P)
Please note that for the practicum courses listed above, considerable time is required in addition to the regularly scheduled lecture and seminar. Further information about practicum requirements will be specified in class.
2. Elective Course Credits *3
One required option (e.g., EDPY 510, Learning, Cognition, & Education; EDPY 597, Career Counselling)
3. Capping Project *3
At or near the end of their M.Ed. program, students will complete a capping project. The project should be an investigation of an issue relevant to professional practice that arrives at a practical conclusion. It must be grounded in the field of counselling psychology and can be an intervention, evaluation or consultation. The project must not involve research as defined by the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Research Involving Humans. The capping project is intended to prepare students for professional practice and is carried-out under the guidance of a course instructor who will assist in identifying a topic, deciding on the form, and writing-up of the project.
4. FGSR Requirements
The Graduate Ethics Training can be found at: https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/academic-requirements/ethics
Length of Program
This program is normally taken over two academic years. The maximum time allowed for completion is six years.