Department of Educational Psychology

Master's Program - Thesis-Based Route

Program Description

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 thesis-based Counselling Psychology program is designed to train competent practitioners who possess the necessary professional and research abilities to enable them to adapt to and inform the changing and diversifying roles of a psychologist. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of professional practice and is intended to prepare students to undertake Ph.D. studies.

Entrance Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the Master’s Program in Counselling Psychology applicants must:

  1. 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,
  2. have successfully completed at least 21 credits of undergraduate coursework in psychology (or educational psychology),
  3. have acquired practical experience in the application of psychology (e.g., crisis line volunteer, youth worker),
  4. 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,
  5. provide a two-page statement of intent indicating general areas of research and applied interest, previous academic and practical activity, and plans upon graduation.
  6. 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 thesis-based Counselling Psychology MEd program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before applying.

Program Requirements

1. Required Core Courses *24

EDPY 501, Introduction to Methods of Educational Research *3
●EDPY 507, Measurement Theory I *3
●EDPY 532, Systems of Counselling *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 538, Theory & Practice of Group Counselling *3
●EDPY 597, Intelligence & Ability Testing *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*6

One Required Research Course option *3 (e.g., EDPY 503, Qualitative Methods of Education Research; EDPY 505, Quantitative Methods)

One Required option *3 (e.g., EDPY 542, Cross-Cultural Counselling; EDPY 546, Hope & the Helping Relationship EDPY 597 Career Counselling; EDPY 635 Advanced Multicultural Counselling)

3. Thesis

During their M.Ed. program, students will complete a thesis. The thesis should involve conducting a valid research study under the supervision of a faculty member. The thesis is intended to prepare students to undertake the doctoral dissertation. Students’ supervisor will assist in identifying a research question, designing the study, and writing up the thesis.

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 four years.