Counselling Psychology

Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education 
Faculty of Education 

Master of Arts and Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (MA and M.Ed)

Information accurate as of: April 20th 2017. Retrieved from the Faculty of Education website. For further details, please visit: http://ecps.educ.ubc.ca/counselling-psychology/

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The MA and M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology Program (CNPS) advances and critically examines knowledge in counselling psychology and builds qualitative and quantitative evidence to determine effective counselling interventions in educational, community, health, and occupational settings. Areas of focus include: Community and Agency Counselling, Counselling in Higher Education, School Counselling and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling.

Both the MA and M.Ed are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs (CACEP), an affiliate of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Please note: All students in M.A. and M.Ed. programs complete a core program in Counselling Psychology. The main difference however between both programs is that the M.A. program requires additional courses in statistics and research; they also complete a Master’s thesis and an oral examination.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the MA and M.Ed. program include:

  • Bachelors Degree: Applicants must have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree. These are most typically Bachelor of Education (4 or 5 years) or Bachelor of Arts (4 year) degrees.
  • Minimum 76% Average: An overall average of 76% of senior course work is required.
  • Prerequisite Courses: Applicants need to have satisfactorily completed prerequisite courses for the MA and Ed programs.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: MA and M.Ed. applicants must complete a hard copy of the CNPS Supplementary Application Form. Applicants must upload the supplemental form with their online application and email a copy to karen.yan@ubc.ca.
  • GRE: All MA applicants are required to complete the Graduate Record Examination with a minimum score of 153 Verbal, 144 Quantitative, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing. M.A. applicants for whom English is not their primary language should write the GRE but inform the Admission Committee of this fact. The GRE is no longer required for the M.Ed. applicants.
  • Relevant Work Experience: Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience in jobs that involve working in a helping capacity with children, adolescents and/or adults (this can be met through volunteer work experience).
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Upon receipt of application forms, an electronic Letter of Reference form will be sent to the named referees for them to complete and submit electronically.
  • Criminal Background Check: Students admitted to our Master’s and Doctoral programs are required to provide a criminal record clearance prior to taking CNPS 588 – Supervised Clinical Experience in Counselling.

Applications to graduate programs in Counselling Psychology are open from September 20th-December 1st.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Counselling Psychology Program’s Deadline page for more information.

The Department admits students on the basis of merit and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Karen Yan
Graduate Program Assistant
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
The University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Tel: 604-822-6371
Email: karen.yan@ubc.ca

Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education 
Faculty of Education 

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)

Information accurate as of: April 20th 2017. Retrieved from the Faculty of Education website. For further details, please visit: http://ecps.educ.ubc.ca/counselling-psychology/

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The PhD program in Counselling Psychology is designed to educate counselling psychologists as researchers, practitioners, and educators. The focus of the program is on developing doctoral level competence in research, counselling theory and counselling skills. Students will be prepared for careers as researchers, practitioners, and educators in a wide variety of settings including academic, clinical, community, business, private practice, and research. Our graduates hold positions such as staff psychologist, research manager, professor, director, department head, clinical counsellor, vocational rehabilitation consultant, team leader, behavioural consultant, group facilitator, and psychoanalyst. The program is also accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Thesis-Based Masters: Applicants must have completed a thesis-based master's degree equivalent to the CNPS M.A. in counselling.
  • Minimum 80% Average: An overall grade average of at least 80% in the previous degree is required.
  • GRE Score: Applicants are required to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and submit their score with their application.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Applicants should complete a hard copy of the CNPS Supplementary Application Form. Applicants must upload the supplemental form with their online application and email a copy to karen.yan@ubc.ca.
  • Relevant Work Experience: Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience in jobs that involve working in a helping capacity with children, adolescents and/or adults (this can be met through volunteer work experience).
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Criminal Background Check: Students admitted to our Master’s and Doctoral programs are required to provide a criminal record clearance prior to taking CNPS 588 – Supervised Clinical Experience in Counselling.
  • Digital Recording Submission: A 1/2 hour audio visual digital MP4 format recording (submitted via DVD or saved as a video file on a CD-R disk) demonstrating their counselling skills.

Applications to graduate programs in Counselling Psychology are open from September 20th-December 1st.Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Counselling Psychology Program’s Deadline page for more information.

The Department admits students on the basis of merit and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Karen Yan
Graduate Program Assistant
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
The University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Tel: 604-822-6371
Email: karen.yan@ubc.ca