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Whether you study here for one year, two years, or for an entire degree, King's is a great place to prepare for future professional studies. Begin your studies in a faith-based environment before continuing your education elsewhere.

What Is Counselling?

Counselling Psychology focuses on providing therapeutic treatments to clients who experience a wide variety of symptoms. It is also one of the largest specialty areas within psychology. The Society of Counselling Psychology describes the field as "a psychological specialty [that] facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns."


University of Lethbridge

Master of Counselling (Distance Learning)

This 3-year program is offered in a blended delivery format. Fall and spring courses are offered online. Summer semester includes a two-week face-to-face component in July. Admission requirements include:

  • An accredited undergraduate degree
  • Three Letters of Reference, Curriculum Vitae, and Letter of Intent
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 during the last two years of courses (60 credits). Students who apply directly to the Master of Counselling program and whose GPA falls below 3.0 may be considered for the Post-Graduate Certificate program. These students may then apply to transfer into the Master’s program upon successful completion of the certificate
  • A breadth of undergraduate courses in counselling, educational psychology, or psychology. Particular emphasis is paid to courses in human development, learning, personality, abnormal psychology, and counselling and/or inter-personal skills.
  • Work or volunteer experience in a related area. Preference is given to applicants who have two or more years' of work experience in a counselling or related setting.

City University of Seattle (Edmonton Campus)

Master of Arts in Counselling

This 3-year program utilizes a cohort learning structure where you complete your courses in a classroom setting with the same group of learners. This program also features an internship with supervised hours. Admission requirements include:

  • An accredited undergraduate degree (not necessarily in a related major)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

Yorkville University (New Brunswick)

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Online)

Yorkville University’s Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology is offered primarily online, but has a significant supervised practice component. Admission requirements include:

  • An accredited undergraduate degree or first professional degree. Preference is given to students who have completed courses amounting to either a major or minor in psychology, related social sciences, or allied health profession,s such as social work
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants may be admitted with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 if there is clear evidence in their application that the applicant is prepared for graduate study
  • Two Letters of Reference from professional or academic sources
  • A current resume or CV
  • A 700-1000 word letter of application

Trinity Western University (B.C.)

Master of Arts Counselling Psychology

This program is aimed towards students who desire a strong seminary-based counselling education program with an emphasis on spirituality and theological integration. Admission requirements include:

  • An accredited 4-year bachelor's degree
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 based on the last two years of the B.A. (presuming these include predominantly upper-level courses) and the minimum grades of four of the upper-level courses in psychology must be 3.7
  • Two References: 1) Academic Reference 2) Work-related Reference. These references must be written by persons who know the applicant well and can describe his/her personal qualifications for the role of counsellor
  • Completion of the follow prerequisite courses:




Introduction to Psychology


Introduction to Statistics


Research Design


Brain and Behaviour


Abnormal Psychology


Personality Psychology


Developmental Psychology


A Basic Counselling Skills Course

  • Recommended Courses: Social Psychology; Learning Theory; Cognitive Psychology; Psychological Testing; and History of Psychology.
  • Counselling-Related Work Requirement: Evidence of successful work or volunteer service of supporting people in their personal development.

Tyndale University College (Ontario)

Master of Divinity with a Major in Counselling

The Counselling degree is designed to prepare graduates for employment in clinical counselling or church ministry settings. Students with a clinical focus are geared towards psychotherapy and the educational preparation for certification with professional counselling associations such as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Graduates with a Pastoral Care and Counselling Focus are trained in issues such as family conflicts, crisis intervention, and life transitions. Tyndale students gain counselling experience through solid counselling internships.

Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college
  • A GPA of 2.3 or higher
  • References required