Counselling - D4002


Graduate certificate

Contemporary human needs include mental health care and wellbeing. This course addresses these growing needs by equipping you as a professional, allowing you to explore, identify and examine intervention strategies to assist those people who are at risk.

Designed by experienced educators with substantial experience working as professional counsellors and psychologists, this course will provide you with knowledge of theory, concepts, principles, issues and contexts relevant to working as a counsellor, as well as preparatory skills. In this course, you will focus on the following areas:

  • lifespan development and counselling approaches relevant to issues experienced during the lifespan
  • theory and counselling practice that leads towards positive change, effective coping, and mental/emotional well-being
  • principles, guidelines, and issues in conducting counselling in an ethically appropriate manner
  • foundational interviewing and counselling skills as an interpersonal process, and the application of these to diverse contexts.

For those already within an established career, the course will provide complimentary knowledge and understanding of human behaviour which may be applied to enable a positive, supportive and safe workplace environment.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling does not guarantee admission into the Master of Counselling course. Applicants interested in progressing to the Master of Counselling course will need to submit a new course application. Admission into the Master of Counselling is competitive and based on academic merit.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Singapore: Full time

Domestic students: This on-campus course is delivered in flexible mode. Students can choose to engage via a fully online offering or to combine this with attendance at the face-to-face component if they are able and interested.

  • 0.5 years (full time)
  • 1 year (part time)
Start date
First semester (February), Second semester (July)
Graduate Certificate 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)


Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification with a 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 consists of four 6 credit point units which will provide you with an introduction to the field of counselling.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for Semester one, 2022 open on 6 August, 2021. Applications will close on 28 October, 2021.

Apply directly to Monash using course code D4002


Semester two (July)

Applications for Semester two, 2021 are currently open. Applications will close on 23 April 2021. Apply directly to Monash using course code D4002


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 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 are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Total fee for this 24 credit point (6 month full-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$28,900

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.


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.