The Master of Counselling provides students with advanced professional skills for counselling ministry and for pastoral and spiritual formation. It nurtures the formation of professional identity and vision suitable for individual and relational counselling. The course equips graduates to engage in supportive and intensive therapies with psychological competence and theological congruence.

Committed engagement in supervision for personal and professional integration is essential to successful completion of the course.

This course meets the accreditation standards of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) for the Counselling industry.

Course Information

Course: Master of Counselling (MCouns)
Accrediting Body: Sydney College of Divinity
Australian Quality Framework Level: AQF 9
School: Stirling School of Community Care

Number of Units: 12 units/ 108 credit points (CP)
Study Mode: Online (with facilitated learning opportunities)
Course Duration: 2 years full-time or up to 5 years part-time

Course Plan

The Master of Counselling has a flexible course plan that is tailored for each student depending on their interests, and the area of counselling they intend on practicing in their career. Goals are discussed during the admission interview, which are translated into a personalised course plan.

These units will generally fit into a structure of:


/ Six units (54 credit points) in the sub-discipline of Pastoral Counselling
/ Two units (18 credit points) from the sub-disciplines of Pastoral Counselling and/or Pastoral Theology. Note if X9298 Minor Research Essay (18 credit points) is to be taken then X8190 Research Methodology must be one of these units.
/ C9242 Advanced Counselling Practicum and C9205 Advanced Counselling Theory and Practice II to be taken concurrently.
/ Two elective units (18 credit points) from the suite of available units; OR
/ X9298 Minor Research Essay (18 credit points)
/ The Research Project or Essay require a proposal to be submitted and approved prior to the unit registration deadline of the trimester before study

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