Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the project-based and thesis-based counselling program?

Thesis-based programs are meant for individuals wanting to pursue doctoral level degrees upon completion of their MA.

A thesis is an independent research project of substantive involvement requiring a supervisory committee and external examination at the University level.

A project is a major paper or proposal that is completed in collaboration with your academic advisor. A comprehensive exam is all part of the project-based program.

What if my application is incomplete?

Applications are reviewed in the following order:

  1. Completed applications;
  2. Applications missing one non-counselling prerequisite course (i.e., not one of ED-D 417, 418, 414) that is currently being completed by the applicant;
  3. Applications missing no more than two non-counselling prerequisite courses that are currently being completed by the applicant.

Do all courses have to be done at time of application to be considered for the program?

No. However, the more courses you have complete by the time we review your files, the stronger your application will be.

ED-D 417 and ED-D 418 must be completed by the end of the calendar year (December 31) prior to the entry point year you apply to.

What makes a competitive application?

Competition is relative to the year in which application is made. Some years are more competitive than others and, as such, there is no ongoing bar to measure competitiveness in an application. Suffice to say, those applications with the highest GPA’s, the highest grades in ED-D 417, 418 and 414, the most number of hours worked in a helping capacity, the highest skills evaluations, the highest academic assessments and that are fully complete are the most competitive applications year in and year out.

How many hours is consider significant in relation to the field experience requirement?

The number of hours that we consider significant will often depend on the “type” of hours that are submitted. Those hours that involve direct, paid, counselling-related experience are most heavily weighted. More indirect hours (e.g., working as as a camp counsellor for a community center summer soccer camp) are less heavily weighted.

I think I have taken the required prerequsite courses. How do I know they will meet the requirements?

You can email a course syllabus (not a course description) to  anytime to request possible equivalency. Make sure you have read the course equivalency chart for information on possible ED-D equivalents.

I don't live in Victoria, how do I get the required prerequisite courses?

There are equivalent courses at other universities and colleges.

For ED-D equivalents please review (please make sure you read the document carefully to see what we are looking for): ED-D course equivalency chart.

For the upper level psychology courses in 1) Learning/Cognition and 2) Abnormal/Psychopathology: Typically these are found in the Psychology department in any major university/college. Learn more about UVic's possible equivalent psychology courses.

I can’t find an equivalent to ED-D 414. Can I apply without it?

Yes, you can apply without it. However, it is best to complete it by the end of the calender year (December 31st) prior to the entry point year you apply to.

For the On-Campus program (September entry): We typically offer ED-D 414 in August before the program starts, so if you are given acceptance to the program, you would be required to take this course and obtain a B+ or higher in order to keep your spot.

For the 3 Summers (July entry)/Mid-Island (May Entry) programs: We have been offering ED-D 414 over 3 weekends in the Spring term (January-April).

Can you give me examples of the type of field experience you are looking for?

We require people to have experience in working with “vulnerable populations” in a position where the applicant’s main role was to help individuals or groups with personally meaningful goals or needs. This would include such areas as teaching, special needs care, group homes, at-risk youth outreach, volunteer counselling, distress line work, big brother/sister.

Can the 7 years requirement on the ED-D courses be waived if I am working in the counselling field?

No. Because we consider work experience as one of our main criteria for adjudication, we do not use work experience to substitute for any other requirement.

Where are typical practicum placements in Victoria?

Community agencies, health authorities, and schools.

What is the job outlook once I have completed this program?

Our graduates find work very quickly when they finish their degrees as they are already working in their internship placements two to three days a week before graduating. We provide a lot of hands-on professional experience during the degree, which makes finding work easier than purely academic degrees.

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