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Edith Cowan University (ECU)

  • 19% international / 81% domestic

Master of Counselling

  • Masters (Coursework)

Create a positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
24 months part-time
Course Code
Study Mode
Intake Months
Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct
Domestic Fees
$39,590 total
International Fees
$39,590 total

About this course

Counselling skills are growing in demand, both in the counselling room and outside of it.

The number of full-time counsellors continues to grow, and counselling skills are becoming increasingly relevant in other professions, such as nursing, social work, teaching and other community-based roles.

If you are passionate about making a difference to individuals, families and communities, ECU's online Master of Counselling will give you tools that you can apply to a range of settings.

ECU's online Master of Counselling has been accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and will develop your capabilities in working with individuals and communities in a way that emphasises cultural awareness and person-centred approaches. You will learn how to translate and deliver counselling across modalities, as well as develop key practices to continue your own development.

You will also benefit from the opportunity to put your skills into practice on placement.

Course code: I90

Entry requirements

  • A Graduate Certificate of Counselling, with equivalents considered
  • A personal statement about motivations to complete the course
  • Submission of academic transcript, two referee reports and an online interview
  • Academic Admission requirements (Band 6)
  • English Language requirements (Band 4)

Students looking to enter the Graduate Certificate of Counselling are required to submit documentation covering points four and five. Points two and three are covered during the Graduate Certificate component of the course.

Study locations


What you will learn

he course has 12 units of study made up as follows:

  • Ten core units
  • Professional field placement (equivalent to two units)

Work Placements

Students will undergo 250 hours of professional placement with an approved organisation, involving individual, group or couple counselling face-to-face or from a distance (online/remote). This provides you with the opportunity to apply theory to practice in a supervised setting, including 160 hours of 'contact' (observing or conducting counselling sessions) and 35 hours of direct supervision.

The Placement Team works on behalf of students to source placements; however, please note students in rural or remote locations may need to assist with securing a placement (or be flexible on travel and location of placement). Students undergoing a placement will also require satisfactory completion of a Working With Children Check and National Police Check, and many agencies will require an interview with students prior to starting.

NOTE: Depending on your location, you may be required to travel to a nearby major city for the three-day intensive and placement components of the Masters course. Contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors to discuss your circumstances.

You also have the option of studying the Graduate Certificate of Counselling.