Providing a foundation in 
theory and methodology.

Providing a foundation in
theory and methodology.

Counselling Psychology Overview

The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology provides a foundation in counselling psychology theory and methodology. Along with coursework, the program offers hands-on, supervised training in counselling psychology techniques. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of community mental health positions in the public and private sectors.

This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education for a renewed 5 year term effective November 14, 2011, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Minister.

Statement of Purpose

The Counselling Psychology programs: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and Master of Counselling Psychology, in alignment with Adler University’s scholar-practitioner model, prepare students to be knowledgeable and effective in the application of foundational theories and methods of counselling practice. The programs offer comprehensive and personal graduate degree training that qualifies students as counselling professionals, primarily in a Canadian context. There is an emphasis on developing self-reflexive and ethically aware practitioners who are educated both theoretically and practically in socially responsible practice.

Program Objectives

  • To train graduates to ethically assess and skillfully intervene with a wide range of populations with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to work professionally with diverse clients. 
  • To train graduates to use self-reflexivity, self-awareness, and life-long learning for personal and professional development and competence.
  • To develop graduates who have learned how to critique the literature, and can apply literature-based and research-based foundations of counselling psychology practice to their work.
  • To develop graduates who embrace a socially responsible counselling practice and who have the ability to identify and apply goals and tasks that further social justice and foster inclusive healthy communities in alignment with Adler University’s mission and value of social interest.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from a foreign university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Completion of the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of "C" or better. Courses must be general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and research methods.
  • Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may be considered.
  • Documented evidence of existing counselling experience through undergraduate coursework, crisis line training and other experience deemed relevant by the admissions committee.
  • Approved applicants will be invited for an interview as the final step in the admissions process

Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 58 credit hours, including all required courses
  • 700 minimum clock hours of a Clinical Practicum
  • 150 clocks hours of a Social Justice Practicum
  • Successful completion of the Master's Clinical Qualifying Examination
  • Successful completion of M.A. Thesis
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than two "C" grades (or 6 credit hours)
  • Submission of graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees
  • Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology


The degree credential is accepted by the registering bodies for master’s level counsellors in British Columbia (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors) and in Canada (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association).

This degree is not intended to—nor does it—prepare students to qualify for membership with the College of Psychologists of BC or to use the designation "Psychologist" in British Columbia.