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Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – FAQs

1. Is this program entirely online?
All academic coursework is entirely online, however the practicum portion of the program is completed at a location near you. Please refer to question 8 for more details about the practicum.

2. Is Yorkville University accredited?
Yes. Education in Canada is governed by province. Yorkville University has Degree Granting Status through the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training & Labour.

3. Is there a residency component?
No. Our program does not require that you travel to New Brunswick.

4. What is the cost of the program?
Current tuition rates for the full 49 credit hour program can be found here. Yorkville University offers flexible payment options and students are eligible for financial aid in most provinces across Canada. To learn more, please request information and an Admissions Advisor will be happy to assist you.

5. How long is the program?
The program is 28 months including the practicum. However, every student has up to 5 years to complete the degree.

6. How do terms and courses work?
Yorkville University offers 3 terms per year: Fall (beginning in September), Winter (beginning in January), and Spring (beginning in May). Each term is 15 weeks long, and courses are either 5 weeks long or 10 weeks long. Courses are taken 1 at a time. A term would consist of either one 10-week course and a 5-week course or three 5-week courses.

7. What is the GPA requirement?
The CGPA requirement for the MACP program is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (a B average/ 75%). However, consideration will be given on a conditional basis to those applicants who have a CGPA of 2.5-2.99. Your last 60 credit hours will also be taken into consideration.

8. Are students placed for Practicum?
Or do we have to find our own? It is ultimately up to the student to secure a practicum site that meets their needs. However, the Field Training team at Yorkville will guide you through 4 sections of a practicum orientation course. You will also have access to a running list of previous practicum sites that our students have used, alongside your 13 credited courses.

9. Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology?
No . Although academic experience in psychology is preferred, it is not a requirement. If you have a conferred bachelor’s degree with a B average, you are eligible to apply (conferred means that your degree is completed and you have graduated). The first MACP course is 10 weeks long and will provide you with an introduction to the world of psychotherapy and counselling.

10. Can I do this program while working full-time?
Yes! Our program was specifically designed for working professionals. Approximately 80% of our students are working full-time while completing our degree. A reduction in your working hours may; however, be required during the practicum portion of the program.

11. What does the application process entail?

  • Completion of an online application form.
  • Payment of a non-refundable online $75.00 application fee.
  • Submission of official transcripts from all attended post-secondary institutions.
  • Submission of a letter of intent & resume.
  • Submission of two professional or academic references

12. How will I be graded/assessed if there are no tests?
The MACP program is interactive and practical. Learning and assessment takes place through online discussion forums based on weekly readings, along with 3 to 4 written assignments per course.

13. Are there breaks between terms or courses?
There is a 2-3 week break in between terms. However, within a term, there are no breaks between courses.

14. Can I apply for student loans?
Yes. However, not all provinces offer financial aid to our students. To learn more, please request information and an Admissions Advisor will be happy to assist you.

15. When does the program start?
The MACP program offers 3 start dates per year: September, January, and May.

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