Master of Counselling

A non-refundable convenience charge will be charged when using Visa or Mastercard to pay student fees. American Express is no longer an accepted method of payment. For more information on the convenience charge, please visit the Financial Services website.

The following fees are effective for courses starting September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Academic-related fees are exempt from the Federal Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.). G.S.T. is added to all other goods and services, for example, workshops, some publications, self-help seminars, and Athabasca University promotional sales items.

Program application fee (non-refundable) required each time a person applies: $163
Program admission fee (payable upon acceptance into the program and non-refundable) $226
Non-program application fee (non-refundable) required only once: $107

Course Tuition Fees (includes all required materials)

Learners living in Canada $1,6541
Learners living outside Canada $1,8711

1 Master of Counselling (MC) Course Tuition fees now include a Course Administration and Technology fee of $51 and Course Materials fee of $32 per course. They are included in this calculation and are non-refundable. This calculation also includes the Athabasca University Graduate Students Association (AUGSA) fee of $13 per credit.

Program fee per 3-credit course (non-refundable) $599
Program fee per 6-credit course (non-refundable) $1,198
Total Program fee (non-refundable)2 $7,188
2 The total program fee is split up and charged with individual course registrations.

Estimated program tuition cost (2021-2022):

The total tuition cost for a learner living in Canada who takes all courses from Athabasca University, over a 3 1/3 year period, would be $27,036 ($1,654 x 12 = $19,848, three-credit course equivalents, plus program fees of $7,188 for a total of $27,036). AUGSA fees are included in the above calculations. Application, Admission, and Art Therapy specialization fees are not included in the above calculation.

Note: Athabasca University Graduate Student Association fees of $13 per credit will be added to the course registration fee.

Other Fees

Transfer credit evaluation fee $301/course
Course extension fee (regular mode or paced independent study): $289
Letter of Permission fee: $86
Course withdrawal processing fee2: $391
AU Graduate Student Association Fee (per credit): $13

2The course withdrawal processing fee is a mandatory administrative fee charged when a learner withdraws from a course. For early withdrawal only, the student will be refunded the full course tuition fees (see above) less the course withdrawal processing fee. Refer to Course Withdrawal.

Art Therapy Fees

In addition to the fees described above, learners in the Art Therapy specialization will pay additional fees to meet certification requirements of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Information effective September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.