Counselling - D6003

Counselling

Professional entry master degree

If you are passionate about helping people and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others, this is the course for you.

Please note we have limited places in this course. Admission into the course is competitive and is based on academic merit. Your application will be assessed once applications have closed. It is essential that you submit your application and all required documentation by the closing date, so that your application is considered.

The Master of Counselling at Monash provides a professional qualification and offers a combination of theory and professional experience, providing you with the knowledge and skills to begin a rewarding career as a counsellor.

The course is suited to people from a variety of professions, such as human resources, health, social welfare and education. It is taught by leading academics with extensive experience working as counsellors and psychologists.

You'll examine the various forms of professional counselling, including online and distance counselling, child and adolescent counselling, and individual, couples and group counselling. You'll be introduced to the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors, and explore creative approaches to counselling, including play and art therapy. You'll also gain in-depth knowledge across a range of contemporary cognitive-behaviour therapies.

You will complete 250 hours of professional placement, and apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings. This includes 140 'contact' hours (e.g. face-to-face, couple, family and group counselling) and 110 'non-contact' hours (e.g. observation, case notes, meetings, administration). You will complete 35 hours of supervision (which are included in the non-contact hours).

The Counselling Placement Team source many placements and communicate these opportunities to students. Please note most placement providers will require you to submit an application and/or attend an interview to secure the placement. Students located interstate, overseas or rurally will be required to source your own placements, under the guidance of the Counselling Placement Team.

Graduates work in a variety of fields, including careers counselling, education, child and family services, health policy, family counselling, health-services management and rehabilitation counselling.

This course is accredited in Australia by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Hong Kong: Part time
  • Multi-modal at Singapore: Part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
Note:

For students enrolled via off-campus mode, EDF5530 Counselling skills for individuals, couples and groups requires compulsory attendance at a 3-day (20-hour) residential school on the Clayton campus. In 2021, this is scheduled in April. In Semester 1 2021, students who are unable to travel to the Clayton campus due to travel restrictions or medical reasons will have the option to attend all classes in this unit remotely (online).

This course is delivered in Hong Kong and Singapore through our partner Kaplan. For information about course delivery, applications and fees please visit the Kaplan Hong Kong or Kaplan Singapore website.

Duration
1, 1.5, or 2 years full-time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification
Master of Counselling
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

Entry level 1: 96 points to complete
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit 
(60%) average.

Entry level 2: 72 points to complete
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit 
(60%) average and a minimum of two years of full time equivalent relevant 
professional experience

OR

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline 
including social work, psychology or counselling with at least a credit 
(60%) average

OR

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree or an Australian 
graduate certificate or an Australian graduate diploma (or equivalent) with 
at least a credit (60%) average

OR

An Australian master's degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) 
average.

Entry level 3: 48 points to complete
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline 
including social work, psychology or counselling with at least a credit 
(60%) average and a minimum of two years of full time equivalent relevant 
professional experience

OR

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree or an Australian 
graduate certificate or an Australian graduate diploma (or equivalent) with 
at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years of full time 
equivalent relevant professional experience

OR

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree or an Australian 
graduate certificate or an Australian graduate diploma (or equivalent) in a 
related discipline including social work, psychology or counselling with at 
least a credit (60%) average

OR

An Australian master's degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) 
average and a minimum of two years of full time equivalent relevant 
professional experience

OR

An Australian master's degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline 
including social work, psychology or counselling with at least a credit 
(60%) average.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Orientation to counselling, Part B. Advanced foundations for counselling and Part C. Specialist counselling practice.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for Semester one, 2021 open on 1 August, 2020. Applications will close on 21 October, 2020.

Apply directly to Monash using course code D6003

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Semester two (July)

Applications for Semester two, 2021 open on 1 February 2021. Applications will close on 23 April 2021.

Apply directly to Monash using course code D6003

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We have limited places in this course. Admission into the course is competitive and is based on academic merit. Your application will be assessed once applications have closed. It is essential that you submit your application and all required documentation by the closing date, so that your application is considered. If we receive a high volume of applications, we may need to close applications early. We encourage you to apply early.

If you receive an offer for this course, you will not be able to defer your offer to a future intake, due to the selection process and quotas.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$27,500

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments from Centrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.