Master of Counselling

University of New England UNE

The program offers an integrative approach to counsellor training and supervision, drawing upon a wide range of theories and evidence-informed practice to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills-based competencies required by contemporary counselling practitioners. Emphasis is given to producing counsellors who are ethical, self-reflexive, and committed to lifelong learning and ongoing professional development. Offering a combination of theoretical and experiential learning via distance education, the course is ideally suited to individuals wishing to gain an industry-recognised qualification whilst continuing to meet their work and family commitments.

Course Fee:

Australian: $29,448

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor qualification in a cognate discipline; or Bachelor qualification in a different discipline and hold the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or Graduate Diploma in Counselling from UNE; or Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care from UNE; or Bachelor qualification in a cognate discipline and hold the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or Bachelor qualification in a differed discipline and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline; or Bachelor qualification in a different discipline and a Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline; or satisfy the School by means of other relevant qualifications and work experience of adequate preparation for candidature. Cognate disciplines include but are not limited to: Counselling, psychology, social work, children's services, youth work, care for the aged, care for the disabled, residential client care, welfare studies, human welfare studies and services.


72 credit points (equivalent to 12 standard units) including core units, a capstone project and clinical supervision. Mandatory intensive schools are a requirement of some of the units of this course. A student's program of study and credit points for completion are determined by the qualification used as the basis for admission.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

Students may be eligible for credit (advanced standing) for previously completed studies. An exit pathway is available for eligible students.


The Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Student membership with the ACA is available while undertaking the course, with professional membership eligibility after graduation. Graduates who engage in ongoing professional development are also eligible to be listed on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP), an independent national register of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.

Who for:

Graduates with counselling qualifications

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00003G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Armidale No info Yes Online 3 years

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While UNE has a long history and strong tradition, our outlook is innovative and fresh. We’re at the forefront of online education, with over 20,000 students completing some or all of their studies online. UNE offers a diverse range of online courses, with the flexibility to begin studying in one of three teaching periods (trimesters).

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