Program list & descriptions

Counselling ( Masters )

The Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology (project-based or thesis-based) assist students in developing the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to work as professional counsellors in a wide variety of settings. Our programs are characterized by small classes, ongoing contact with a program supervisor, and a focus on the practicum/internship component of counsellor preparation. Students may focus on one or more of the following areas: trauma, school/higher education counselling, Aboriginal counselling, addictions and diversity. In addition to our on-campus project-based MA program, we offer master's programs in community-based counselling format. These programs offer alternative locations and varied modes of delivery to meet the diverse needs of our students.

Entrance requirements

Prerequisite Minimum standing
An acceptable bachelor's degree or equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Victoria. Normally a B+

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Application deadlines

Entry point Domestic students International students
September December 6 December 6
May (project-based MA) January 10 January 10
January 2014 Aboriginal Communities Counselling Cohort August 1 August 1

Program advisers

  • Dr. Carolyn Crippen, grad adviser (leadership studies, CSML) - or 250-721-7825
  • Dr. Tim Black, grad adviser (counselling psychology) - or 250-721-7820
  • Dr. Gina Harrison, grad adviser (educational psychology) - or 250-781-7783
  • Ms. Vivian McCormick, grad secretary (leadership studies) - or 250-472-5005
  • Ms. Stacey Brownell, grad secretary (educational psychology and counselling programs) - or 250-721-7883

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
General Office - Secretary - EPLS Diana Rutherford 250-721-7799 Mac A439
Program Assistant - Special Education Certificate Program Ione Wagner 250-721-7875 Mac A439
FAX 250-721-6190
Chair Tim Black 250-721-7760 MAC A449
Administrative Assistant to the Chair Zoria Crilly 250-721-7760 Mac A447
Administrative Officer Deb Renney 250-721-7866 Mac A445
Graduate Secretary - Leadership Studies Vivian McCormick 250-472-5005 Mac A439
Graduate Secretary - Educational Psych Stacey Brownell 250-721-7883 Mac A439
Program Assistant - Community Based Graduate Prog Ione Wagner 250-721-7875 Mac A439

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

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