Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice)
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
- 16 units
- 2 years or part-time equivalent
Combine two areas of study
If you are already a counselling professional, diversify your expertise in two fields of study with our Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice). Combine Alcohol and Drug Studies with Mental Health, or Child, Youth and Family Therapy with Mental Health. You combine the specialisations to suit your career path.
The Master of Counselling contains four units (two courses) of research into issues that are relevant to the counselling field. You will nominate your preferred research topic from a list of available projects reflecting the research expertise of USQ’s academic staff.
If you are not sure whether you would like to complete an entire Masters degree, apply to study USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling and take the credit from your studies to the Master of Counselling if you decide to continue studying.
You can study our Master of Counselling online, to make it easier to fit study into your life.
Master of Counselling is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACFA).
In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.
All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this program.Residential schools
If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
- Pre-requisite: 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, from a recognised university
- current evidence of full membership of a relevant professional body, such as the Australian Psychological Society or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.
How to apply
USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:
- Semester 2, 2019 - Monday 15 July 2019.
- Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.