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Compare the Programs

The table below is designed to provide you with an overview of each of the programs. Please be sure to read the more detailed information under each of the program links.

Program Information Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling Master of Counselling Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling
Number of Courses 6 half courses
(18 credits)
12 half courses
(36 credits)
4 half courses
(12 credits)
Advance Credit Limit 2 half courses
(6 credits)
4 half courses
(12 credits)
1 half courses
(3 credits)
Time Commitment 1.5 years (minimum)
3 years (maximum)
2.5 years (minimum)
7 years (maximum)
.7 year (minimum)
2 years (maximum)
Specializations None Counselling Psychology
Career Counselling
Art Therapy
Counselling Psychology
Career Counselling
Orientation 6 weeks online (July-August) 6 weeks online (July-August) Self-directed online orientation
Face-to-Face Requirements 3-week summer institute 3-week summer institute
Two 4-day intensive seminars
None
Practica None 1 full course (6 credits) None
Exit Requirements Course Completion (3.0 GPA minimum) Course Completion (3.0 GPA minimum)
Thesis or Course-base
Course Completion (3.0 GPA minimum)
Application Information Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in
Counselling
Master of Counselling Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling
General Entrance Requirements GPA 2.5
Undergraduate (baccalaureate) degree
English Language Proficiency
GPA 3.0
Undergraduate (baccalaureate) degree
English Language Proficiency
GPA 3.0
Graduate (masters) degree
English Language Proficiency
Undergraduate Prerequisite Course Requirements Developmental Psychology
Learning Psychology
Counselling Theories
Developmental Psychology
Learning Psychology
Counselling Theories
Developmental Psychology
Learning Psychology
Graduate Prerequisite Course Requirements None None Models of Counselling (Counselling Theories)
Professional Ethics
Working Alliance (Counselling Skills)
Infusing Culture into Counselling (Multicultural Counselling)
Application Deadlines February 1 February 1 June 1
October 1
February 1
Program Start Date September 1 September 1 September 1
January 1
April 15

Updated October 13 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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