Admission to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program is on a selective basis. Minimum admission requirements include:
- a bachelor’s or first professional degree from a recognized university, not necessarily with a major in psychology. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed undergraduate courses amounting to either a major or minor in psychology, related social sciences, or allied health professions such as social work.
- an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants may be admitted with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 if there is clear evidence in their application that the applicant is prepared for graduate study. Students admitted with a GPA below 3.0 will be subject to conditions established by the Admissions Committee. If students do not meet these conditions they will not be permitted to continue in the program. Applicants whose cumulative GPA in their undergraduate study is below 2.5 on a 4 point scale are not considered for conditional admission and will not be admitted to the program. A standardized test result, such as the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test, is not required as a precondition for admission to the program. However, applicants are encouraged to submit these scores if they believe such test results would strengthen their application.
- two letters of reference from professional or academic sources, preferably from persons able to comment meaningfully on the motivation and ability of the applicant to undertake graduate study. A template for reference letters may be downloaded here. A template for reference letters may be downloaded here.
- a current resume or CV.
- a 700-1000 word letter of application substantiating interest, qualifications and experience relevant to the field of counselling psychology. In this letter, we ask our applicants to comment on how their combination of life experience, work and volunteer experience and/or education makes them a suitable candidate for the program. Applicants may also wish to comment on how this program would assist them in meeting their career goals.
- we ask that a $75 application fee be submitted before an application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
*Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have not completed a previous degree from a university where English is the language of instruction, may establish English proficiency by submitting confirmation of an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 (written version), 213 (computer version) or 79 (Internet based test IBT). Students submitting test results for the International English Language Test(IELTS) must achieve an overall band of 6.5. Students submitting a CAEL assessment must have an overall score of 60, with no subtest below 50.
How to Apply
Application to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program can be completed online. Please start your application online while waiting to have letters of reference and transcripts sent to the Admissions Office. Also, if you are submitting your application fee by cheque please send to the address below. Credit card payments can be made online when you apply for the program.
Immediately after applying we suggest that you request that official transcripts be sent directly to our office from the issuing institution. Some universities take a long time to respond to this request. Reference letters should also be requested as soon as possible as they too are difficult to acquire on short notice.
All international transcripts must be officially notarized and officially translated if not in English. The admissions team, in some circumstances, may ask that international documents be submitted to World Education Services for verification.
Letters of application and resumes can be submitted by email or fax. To speak to an admissions advisor and learn more about the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, please fill out our Request Information form or call us at 1-866-838-6542. (1-506-451-8843) from outside North America.
Please send all relevant information and supporting documents to:
1149 Smythe Street
Toll-free number: 1-866-838-6542 (North America)
Telephone: 1-506-451-8845 (Outside North America)
Application deadlines for each intake are set at the first of the month prior to the start date*. Upcoming deadlines are as follows:
- May 2013 deadline – April 1st 2013
- September 2013 deadline – August 1st 2013
- January 2014 deadline – December 2nd 2014
Applications received past these dates will be subject to a late application fee of $75. If you are applying late or anticipate the late arrival of your documents, please contact the admissions office immediately at the numbers listed above or fill out a request information form. Our admissions staff is here to help you in any way we can and look forward to hearing from you.