Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology

The Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology (project or thesis based) assists students in developing the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to work as professional counsellors in a wide variety of settings. It is characterized by relatively small classes, ongoing contact with a program supervisor, and a focus on the practicum component of counsellor preparation.

Project-based MA vs. Thesis-based MA

The project-based degree is considered a professional or terminal degree, similar to a degree in law or medicine, as students are being prepared to become working professionals in the field upon graduation. Students should be aware that most Ph.D. programs require a Master’s thesis to pursue doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology.

You'll need to take a minimum of 27 units of course work and complete a project and comprehensive exam. It takes two years of full-time study to complete. See the courses you'll take.

The thesis-based MA degree is meant for individuals wanting to pursue doctoral level degrees upon completion of their degree. It involves a thesis, an independent research project of substantive involvement requiring a supervisory committee and external examination at the university level. Prospective students should be familiar with the research our counselling faculty are involved in.

You'll need to take a minimum of 28.5 units of course work and complete a thesis and oral exam. It generally takes three years (2 years for courses and 1 year for thesis) of full-time study to complete. Learn more about the courses you'll take.

Transfer: project to thesis

Transferring from a project-based to a thesis-based MA is sometimes allowed once a student has been accepted and has begun the program. Steps need to be taken before submitting an internal application to be considered for a transfer (e.g., writing a full proposal, completing at least one research course, gaining research experience as a paid or volunteer research assistant).

You must choose whether to pursue the project-based or thesis-based option when applying for the program.