Master of Guidance and Counselling

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Course overview

Our Master of Guidance and Counselling degree is designed for teachers who are interested in qualifying as school guidance counsellors, and others who wish to pursue professional careers in Counselling as well as those with experience in the human resource sector who would like to develop highly effective interpersonal skills at work generally.

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) in Australia and in Singapore by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), giving graduates the ability to pursue careers in both countries as well as internationally.

This program is available to Singapore citizens, Singapore PR or Dependant Pass Holders

Start dates
March, July, November
28 months part-time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

3 trimesters per year | take 1-2 subjects per trimester

Study Program

Students are required to complete 12 subjects (36 credit points) based on availability and scheduling.

8 Core Subjects (24 credit points)

  • Foundations of Counselling Theory
  • Foundations of Counselling Practice
  • Advanced Counselling
  • Assessment
  • Atypical Development
  • Career and Leisure Guidance & Counselling
  • Reflective Practice Research in Guidance & Counselling
  • Practicum in Guidance and Counselling


4 subjects (12 credit points) from the following

  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Behaviour Management
  • Educational Leadership
  • Individual Researched Action Project

Course Requirements

  • Each 3 credit point subject requires a minimum of 130 hours of study time per trimester including one 25-hour intensive contact block.
  • Practicum consists of 130 hours of practice (100 hours minimum face-to-face counselling) over a period of 2 trimesters.
  • Students are supported in sourcing and making arrangements for practicum placements. The University meets supervision requirement costs (within University guidelines).

Advanced Standing

Students may be granted advanced standing if, in addition to meeting the entry requirements, they have a minimum of two years full time relevant working experience.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of a cognate, three year Bachelor Degree Cognate disciplines including education, psychology, social work, law, health or career development.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants may be admitted to the course if they submit other evidence of academic and professional attainments and their candidature is approved.

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6.5
    (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 86 (no component less than 21) / Pearson PTE Academic 58 (no
    component less than 54); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards
    within the last two years on a case-by-case basis

Attendance Requirements

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

The Master of Guidance and Counselling degree equips graduates with skills, knowledge, understanding and personal awareness to become professional counsellors in a variety of locations and settings.

For those who do not wish to pursue the professional counselling route, the Course will advance them professionally by equipping them with a sophisticated range and depth of interpersonal skills, knowledge, understanding and personal awareness which can be applied to a diverse range of work settings.

How to apply

Apply Online

How to Apply Online and Online Application Guideline.

Please note that this program is available to Singapore citizens, Singapore PR or Dependant Pass Holders only.

Tuition Fees

S$37,878 (Domestic*)

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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