Canada's Leading Online Counselling Psychology Degree

The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) at Yorkville University is designed for empathetic change-makers who want to make a difference in people’s lives.

The comprehensive curriculum covers a variety of topics, including theories of personality, counselling methodologies and psychotherapeutic interventions, crisis and trauma in counselling, addiction counselling, guidance and counselling in schools, and assessment.

The online nature of our program allows you to make the progress you want without putting your life on pause.

Become a registered counsellor or psychotherapist with a nationally and provincially recognized program that offers a robust practicum and 53 weeks of skills learning.


100 percent Online*

Start Dates

January, May, September


2.5 years



Flexible Learning

Find the perfect work-life-learn balance with our online and asynchronous program offering.

Accelerated Degrees

Graduate faster with a full course load and approved transfer credits compared to a traditional on-campus program.

Year-Round Start Dates

Start your program as soon as you are ready with various start dates throughout the year.


Resources & Support

Practicum Portal

Our practicum website offers step-by-step instructions for applications, videos to facilitate professionalism and practicum timelines.

Skills Learning Lab

A collection of skill-based visual media that gives new counsellors the chance to see theory, ethics, intervention and more in action.

Student Assistance

Our program advisors assist you every step of the way, from finding the right program to graduation, and beyond.

Enhanced Learning

Skills Practice

Skills practice is part of 23 weeks of curriculum. Add the 30 weeks of practicum and it gives our students an impressive 53 weeks of practical application of skills-based practice or learning activities.

Practical Focus

The rigorous program provides invaluable experience with a practicum placement under the supervision of a faculty member.

Experienced Faculty

Our world-class professional faculty are recognized clinical experts and are dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals.

The school was beyond supportive, the professors were great, and the support at YU was wonderful.


Mandy Smith-Haber
Master of Arts in Counselling ‘19

I can’t speak enough about the professors, the students, the faculty, the admin, everyone. I have nothing but respect and gratitude for Yorkville.


Ola Abugharbiyeh
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology ‘21

I am now a qualified registered psychotherapist and I have a great job that has given me so much – I am completely satisfied with making this decision to take the MACP program.


Nilu Kulatunga
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology ‘18

Professional Designations

The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology is recognized by provincial and national associations and regulatory bodies, allowing our graduates to apply for registration/membership with the following associations.


Practicum as a Cornerstone of Skill Development

The 400-hour practicum is one of the most robust practicum courses in the country. It equips our students with hands-on counselling experience through direct, supervised contact with clients.

Career Outcomes for Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Graduates

Graduates of the MACP program use their skills and knowledge to help people overcome psychological issues and transform their lives.

A variety of exciting and fulfilling outcomes are available to graduates of this program, including careers such as:

  • Counsellor
  • Therapist
  • Psychometrist
  • Consultant
  • Psychotherapist
  • Mental Health Service Provider

Meet the Dean

“If you are ready to make a difference in people’s lives, the MACP program can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your career.”

Peter Hall, Ph.D RP.
Dean, Behavioural Sciences


  • Dr. Peter Hall, Ph.D. RP.

    Dean, Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr. Krista Schultz

    Associate Dean, Student Experience, Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr. Samantha Wheeler

    Associate Dean, MACP Faculty, Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr. Tamara Dalrymple

    Associate Dean, Field Training, Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr. Simon Nuttgens

    Associate Dean, Academics, Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr. Yvonne Hindes

    Associate Dean, DCP, Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr. Hildy Bennett

    Director, Student Services and Faculty, Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr. Rosina Mete

    Director, Faculty, Behavioural Sciences

  • Rochelle Ward

    Director, Practicum Coordination, Field Training, Behavioural Sciences

  • Susan Higgs

    Associate Director, Practicum Sites, Field Training, Behavioural Sciences

  • Victoria Newell

    Associate Director, Applications, Field Training, Behavioural Sciences

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Core Faculty

  • Dr. Anthony DiGiacomo

  • Dr. Avideh Najibzadeh

  • Dr. Cindi Saj

  • Dr. Daniela Rabellino

  • Dr. Deborah Seabrook

  • Dr. Denisa Millette

  • Dr. Jessica Cole 

  • Dr. Joel Geleynse

  • Dr. Lisa Salazar

  • Dr. Sue Sadik 

Faculty Lead

  • Dr. Aaron Smith

  • Dr. Bola Ogun

  • Dr. Jamie Swan

  • Dr. Jana Whiddon

  • Dr. Kelly Collins

  • Dr. Kimberly Nelson

  • Dr. Kirstin Dolby

  • Dr. Kristina Reihl

  • Dr. Lisa Surrency

  • Dr. Maliha Ibrahim

  • Dr. Mary Killmeyer

  • Dr. Matt Glowiak

Course Lead

  • Dr. Abby Baumgart Huntley

  • Dr. Alyssa Weiss

  • Dr. Andy Brown

  • Dr. Don Zeman

  • Dr. Elaine Baltzer

  • Dr. Glenn Gelman

  • Dr. Gwen Zegestowsky

  • Dr. Inverpal Braich

  • Dr. Jo Chang

  • Dr. Kelly James

  • Dr. Melissa Lee Tammeus

  • Dr. Ron Hallman

MACP Course Description

The rigorous curriculum of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology includes the following courses:

* Please note that in some courses, there are mandatory synchronous components offered through an online video platform that are scheduled by the instructors at the start of the course. While we strive to accommodate students’ schedules whenever possible, these particular courses may not offer flexibility in choosing or changing synchronous session times. We appreciate your understanding and adaptability with scheduling, as these synchronous components are designed to optimize the overall learning experience by facilitating real-time interaction with instructors and peers.

  • PSYC 6104 A Biopsychosocial Approach to Counselling

    This course introduces students to a biopsychosocial framework for counselling psychology that draws upon the physical, mental, and social health disciplines creating an interdisciplinary model from these three pillars. This model is illustrated through the examination of selected counselling issues, such as but not limited to anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and neurocognitive factors. The course also introduces the Culturally Responsive and Socially Just model which further expands this framework into deeper levels of social and cultural understanding. Students will examine and apply these two primary frameworks to the professional counselling arena and build understanding around the foundational framework of treatment through a Canadian context. The course considers the personal role of the counsellors’ identity; the treatment within a therapeutic relationship; case conceptualization; outcome evaluation; and prevention.

    (4 credits) (required)

    • PSYC 6233 Assessment in Counselling

      This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in psychological assessment and the use of both standardized and non-standardized instruments. Students will learn the concepts involved in psychological assessment, educational testing, and evaluation. The course will also examine the effects of clinical assessment on clients. Counsellors must become knowledgeable users of assessment data in the clinical decision-making process. Students will develop their skills for selecting, administering, scoring, interpreting, and analyzing test data in a clinical setting. Also, they will familiarize themselves with psychometric instruments, their philosophical and statistical properties, and the pros and cons of various assessment approaches. The course will also address cultural diversity issues and teach students how to approach social and ethical issues in assessment.

      (3 credits) (required)

      Prerequisite: PSYC6246 Counselling Skills and Competencies required.

      • PSYC 6153 Counselling Methodology – Humanistic & Psychodynamic Modalities

        Counselling Methodologies: Psychodynamic and Humanistic Modalities is a review of the most important contemporary psychodynamic and humanistic approaches of counselling and psychotherapy, focusing on: underlying philosophical assumptions, major concepts, views of personality, the therapeutic process, the counsellor’s role, typical interventions, and targeted outcomes. The current approaches to counselling and psychotherapy selected for this course will also be explored with respect to the relations between theorists and their theories, as well as between counsellors and their clients. Cross-cultural and gender-related aspects will be considered for each of the counselling schools under study. Students will endeavour to recognize the links between theory and practice, between constructs and applied techniques or interventions. Students will integrate the course material from: the textbook, supplementary articles, professor’s notes, and online class discussions. Students will also be encouraged to conduct their own further research on topics of interest, by accessing library resources and pertinent professional Internet sites. Students will examine the similarities and differences among approaches, and thus lay the foundation for the development of a personally meaningful approach to counselling.

        (3 credits) (required)

        • PSYC 6163 Counselling Methodologies – Behavioural and Cognitive Modalities

          This course is a continuation of PSYC 6153, with an examination of some of the core theories and methods which influence and direct the practices of contemporary psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy, one of the most commonly utilized therapeutic models will be looked at in detail. Additionally, structured training exercises in basic interviewing/counselling skills will be presented. An overview of emerging evidence concerning factors common to all therapies will also be reviewed.

          (3 credits) (required)

          • PSYC 6203 Ethical Standards for Mental Health Service Providers

            Course content follows the standards for ethical conduct and practice set by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. In general, topics covered include the scope of practice issues, professional responsibility, privacy and confidentiality, record keeping, appropriate relationships during and after treatment (including sexual intimacies), third party relationships and responsibilities, advertising, continuing professional education, and interruption and termination of treatment. Issues of disaster response, electronic or telephonic delivery of service, child protection, and guidelines for the treatment of gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients will also be considered.

            (3 credits) (required)

            • PSYC 6213 Research Methodology

              This course provides students of counselling with the tools needed to critically review and evaluate scientific research and develop the basic elements of a research proposal. Students will explore the body of counselling research, critique selected studies, and develop elementary research design skills, thereby gaining a sound understanding of the scientific method and the ethical considerations bearing on the research process. Strong familiarity with the scientific method allows professionals to understand psychological research and integrate it with daily practice. The scientific method can best be learned by studying all aspects of scientific research, including basic design, implementation, interpretation of results, and the drawing of conclusions.

              (3 credits) (required)
              Pre-requisite (s): PSYC 6104, A Biopsychosocial Approach to Counselling

              • PSYC 6223 Group Counselling

                Groups are becoming increasingly popular in counselling interventions. Although this trend is partly driven by budget restrictions, the primary advantage of group counselling is that participants get the opportunity to learn from each other. Other benefits from group counselling include that groups can more closely resemble everyday circumstances, they help to build a sense of community and belonginess, they normalize “issues” as members find commonalities with others, and, especially in working through interpersonal challenges, they can be very therapeutic. This course will take a multimedia approach to introducing group counselling skills across diverse theoretical perspectives, ages and stages of development, and types of problems. A comprehensive textbook, bundled with a DVD, presents theory, practical applications, and numerous role-played examples of group facilitation skills. Journal articles, video clips from YouTube, interactive discussion forums, and assignments, focusing on group counselling for diverse ages, issues, and specific populations will all enhance students’ learning in this course. Students will be expected to actively participate in e- groups (asynchronous and/or synchronous) during this course and critically examine their own experiences both as group members and facilitators. Through the skills practice, students are expected to demonstrate awareness of group specific ethical concerns (e.g., limits to ensuring confidentiality) and enhance their basic group facilitation and group counselling competencies, including active listening, non-verbal communication, problem-solving, deepening focus, cutting off, drawing out, role-playing, closing, and the use of dyads and rounds.

                (3 credits) (required)
                Prerequisite (s): PSYC 6153, Counselling Methodologies- Humanistic & Psychodynamic Modalities, PSYC 6163, Counselling Methodologies- Behavioural & Cognitive Modalities and PSYC 6246, Counselling Skills & Competencies

                • PSYC 6246 Counselling Skills and Competencies*

                  This course provides students the opportunity to learn basic counselling skills and competencies essential to initiating and maintaining relationships with clients, regardless of specific theoretical orientation. Students engage in case conceptualization using one of four theoretical perspectives (Person-Centred Therapy; Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; Structural Family Therapy; or Solution-Focused Therapy) and apply this theoretical approach in a counselling session with a client. By means of weekly structured practice assignments students learn how to identify and conduct competent counselling interviews. (Note: Students must earn at least 70% on each graded component of this course. Even if a student’s overall grade in the course is 70% or higher, if a grade on any component of the course is below 70%, s/he will be required to repeat the course.)

                  (6 credits) (required)
                  Prerequisite (s): PSYC 6153, Counselling Methodologies- Humanistic & Psychodynamic Modalities and PSYC 6163, Counselling Methodologies- Behavioural & Cognitive Modalites

                  • PSYC 6256 Applying Interventions*

                    Using both humanistic and cognitive-behavioural framework, this course provides practice in the planning and implementation of client change interventions in counselling and psychotherapy. Students work in a variety of simulated contexts to gain practice using a range of frequently used counselling interventions that have demonstrated clinical efficacy.

                    (6 credits) (10 weeks)
                    Pre-requisites: PSYC 6203, Ethical Standards for Mental Health Service Providers and PSYC 6246, Counselling Skills and Competencies.

                    • PSYC6263 Couples & Family Systems

                      This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and competencies necessary to effectively deal with the interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics of intimate relationships and family systems. Family interaction and communication patterns, conflict resolution, the impact of children on relationships, and other factors that influence family systems will be introduced. Ethical considerations regarding intimate partner violence/domestic abuse will be considered. The two major written assignments will focus in depth on one or more of the theoretical family systems frameworks covered in this course.

                      (3 credits) (required)
                      Prerequisite (s): PSYC 6223, Group Counselling

                      • PSYC 6273 Cultural Diversity in Counselling

                        The cultural differences among people must be taken into account when structuring counselling interventions. Identity formation, worldview, communication style, and acculturation will be studied from the perspective of the significant cultural minorities found in Canada. Multicultural competence does not just guide interventions, it permeates all interpersonal dynamics among individuals of different gender, age, sexual orientation, race, cultural membership, able-bodied status, etc. This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the role of personal, ethnic, social, and cultural factors in multicultural counselling and mental health service delivery. Multicultural competence does not just guide interventions, it permeates all interpersonal dynamics among individuals of different, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, cultural membership, able-bodied status, etc.

                        (3 credits) (required)

                        • PSYC 6333 Psychopathology for Counsellors

                          Psychopathology is the study of disturbed functioning in the areas of cognition, emotion, and behaviour. It is composed of five aspects: definition of the disorder with regards to symptoms (diagnosis), description of the typical course of the disorder (prognosis), identification of the incidence of the disorder (epidemiology), understanding the origin of the disorder (etiology), and identifying appropriate treatments for the disorder. This course will focus on the major adult mental disorders. In the context of these disorders, the diathesis-stress model of etiology will be an important focus. Diathesis-stress is a dimensional approach that locates psychopathology at an extreme region on a dimension ranging from psychological health to severe illness. In the context of this model, recent developments in the fields of emotion science and emotion regulation will be emphasized as insights from these areas have major implications for the clinical work of counsellors, even where the degree of distress does not reach that of a specific disorder. It is important to note that counsellors are not permitted to diagnose in most jurisdictions. However, a basic understanding of the major categories of disorders is essential to providing counselling and therapy as well as for treatment planning, interpretation of referrals, participation in discussions with other mental health professions, and in making referrals where appropriate.

                          (3 credits) (elective)

                          • PSYC 6353 Addiction Counselling

                            This course provides an introduction to the assessment and treatment of addictions. Emphasis will be placed on examining the various methods, strategies, and techniques used to assess addictions, as well as other problem areas that may co-exist or underlie addictions. Emphasis will also be placed on examining the various psychotherapeutic modalities and approaches, as well as the various treatment setting options.

                            (3 credits) (elective)

                            • PSYC 6373 Counselling in School Environments*

                              The presence of school guidance counsellors is being increasingly recognized by school boards as an integral component of the personal, social, educational, and career development of students. Promoting healthy relationships, addressing social problems, and facilitating career choices within a multicultural environment are central to a comprehensive guidance program. This course is designed to help students identify and prepare for the multiple roles of a school guidance counsellor in meeting the needs of a diverse population. Issues such as bullying, violence, and substance abuse will be examined as well as the roles of parents, administration, educators, and community members in the context of the school environment.

                              (3 credits) (elective)

                              • PSYC 6383 Crisis and Trauma Counselling

                                This course is designed to provide graduate students in the counselling psychology program with both a theoretical and practical understanding of issues surrounding trauma and a basic introduction into accepted approaches to working with clients who have experienced trauma in their lives. Using current available research literature, this course will introduce students to the definition and types of trauma, critical incident stress management/debriefing (CISM/CISD), client resourcing and stabilization (ethical considerations), theoretical frameworks, assessments/diagnosis, effective treatments/interventions, prevention, and therapist self-care (vicarious trauma). Assisting students in understanding what trauma looks like and introducing them to different approaches where they can get further training, will better equip them to recognize their own limits and help clients. This course will help them navigate the vast amount of information on the treatment of trauma, so that they can make informed ethically-sound decisions when working with clients commensurate with understanding.

                                (3 credits) (elective)

                                • PSYC 7113 Practicum I*

                                  This course is designed to support students during their practicum placement and enrich their learning experience. It also provides an opportunity to more formally evaluate students’ counselling competencies, ensuring that graduation from the MACP program signifies readiness to work effectively as a counsellor. There will be a focus on integrating theory with practice, resolving ethical dilemmas, case conceptualization and planning, developing cultural competency, embracing diversity, working collaboratively across disciplines, accessing and maximizing the benefits of site supervision, and developing a professional identity as a counsellor. Topics and resources will be closely connected to those previously introduced throughout the program to provide opportunities to synthesize and apply students’ learning – this spiral approach will facilitate a deeper level of experiential learning and retention. (Note: Students must earn at least 70% on each graded component of this course.  Even if a student’s overall grade in the course is 70% or higher, if a grade on any component of the course is below 70%, s/he will be required to repeat the course.

                                  (3 credits) (required)
                                  Prerequisite (s): All courses

                                  • PSYC 7203 Practicum II*

                                    This course is a continuation of PSYC 7113 Practicum I.

                                    (3 credits)(required)

MACP Admission Requirements

Yorkville University’s Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program is 100 percent online except the required practicum placement, which is completed towards the end of the program.

The MACP Online degree is administratively offered by our Fredericton campus.

  • Program Requirements

    Applicants to the MACP program are required to provide the following:

    • Completed online application (link to application form)
    • Application fee of $150 (CAD)
    • Official undergraduate transcript and proof of obtainment of a bachelor’s degree*
    • Resume and statement of interest
    • Two references from professional or academic sources (see form)
    • Detailed course descriptions if applying for transfer credit consideration
    • Completed relevant work/volunteer experience attestation form if applicable (see form)

    *All official transcripts need to be sealed, stamped and sent directly from the issuing institution to our Admissions Services Department for evaluation.

    Yorkville University prides itself on attracting students to the MACP program from diverse backgrounds. Accordingly, we are pleased to accept applications from prospective students that meet the criteria in one of the following admissions pathways. These pathways ensure prospective students are prepared for graduate courses in the MACP program and subsequent practicum.

    • Pathways

      Pathway I

      Undergraduate Study with a transferrable major (psychology, nursing, social work, sociology, human development, education).

      Expected to include:

      • Biological bases of behavior (e.g., physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology).
      • Cognitive-affective bases of behavior (e.g., learning, sensation, perception, cognition, thinking, motivation, emotion).
      • Social basis of behavior (e.g., social psychology; cultural, ethnic, and group processes; sex roles; organizational and systems theory).
      • Individual behavior (e.g., personality theory, human development, individual differences, abnormal psychology).

      Pathway II

      Non-transferrable major with a transferrable minor.

      Pathway III

      Non-transferrable major or minor, with some (at least 2 courses with C grade or higher) transferrable post-secondary university courses/credits completed.

      Pathway IV

      Non-transferable undergraduate degree with appropriate hours of training/certification:  minimum of 1-year, post-graduate certificate (or diploma) program at a university or college.

      Appropriate areas: psychology, sociology, social work, neuroscience, counseling, mental health, drug/alcohol treatment, mediation, organizational behavior/psychology, criminal justice, human resources, children/youth/families, community services, nursing/elder care.

      Pathway V

      Non-transferable undergraduate degree with a minimum of 150 hours of relevant work/volunteer experience. Applicants who may need to apply through this pathway can access the MACP relevant work/volunteer attestation form here: (see link)

      Examples of acceptable relevant work/volunteer experience: crisis phone, youth behavioral support, homeless shelter, domestic violence support, drug/alcohol treatment, mediation, organizational behavior/psychology, human resources, criminal/justice, children/youth/families, community services, nursing/elder care.

      Have questions about our admissions pathways? Please complete this form and an admissions advisor will be happy to assist.

      • Additional Requirements

        In addition, applicants are required to have:

        • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in undergraduate study of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 or 4.3 scale, or a GPA of at least 3.0 in the final two years of study. Applicants may be conditionally admitted with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 if strength of overall application is sufficient.

        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.

        Yorkville University reserves the right to refuse admission and ask admitted students to withdraw from the program in special circumstances.

        For full details of admissions requirements, please see the Academic Calendar.

        Please have your references for admission to our Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree, use our Reference Submission form here.

        • English Language Requirements

          English is the primary language of instruction at Yorkville University.

          Applicants who have obtained a bachelor’s or first professional degree in a language other than English are required to submit confirmation of an official test of ability to work and study in English:

          Proof of obtaining a bachelor’s or first professional degree where English is the language of instruction.

          • Confirmation of a Canadian Academic English Language – Computer edition (CAEL-CE) with a score of at least 70.
          • Confirmation of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 95 (Internet-based version).
          • Confirmation of a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) overall score of 9 with no component below 9.
          • Confirmation of an International English Language Test System (IELTS) overall band score of at least 7.0 with no band below 6.5.
          • Confirmation of a Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTest) with a minimum overall bandwidth of 4.5.
          • Confirmation of a score on any other test of English language proficiency that equates to Level C1 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
          • Confirmation of a score equivalent to these scores on another test of English language proficiency recognized by and acceptable to the University.
          • Confirmation of a Duolingo minimum score of 115.
          • Confirmation of Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 65

          Canadian applicants who completed their qualifying bachelor’s degree in French, but completed another post-secondary degree, certificate, or diploma or their secondary education in English, are exempted from the requirement to provide tested confirmation of English language proficiency.

          The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any student whose proficiency of English does not meet the program standards and to ask any student whose written work is below acceptable standards to withdraw from the program.

           Any questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor.


  • 1. Why should I choose the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program?

    The online master’s degree program, which is designed to be completed in 28 months, helps you gain professional designation requirements and advance your career in counselling, psychotherapy, education or social work.  

    Students develop invaluable professional experience and networking opportunities with experienced faculty and peers, including opportunities for role-playing and a practicum placement.

    If you are looking to make a difference in people’s lives, the rigorous program can be fulfilling personally and professionally. 

    • 2. Can I do this program while working full time?

      Yes. The program was specifically designed for working professionals. Approximately 80 percent of our students work full time while completing their degree. However, a reduction in working hours may be required during the practicum portion of the program, which is not online.

      • 3. How much time will I need to dedicate to each course?

        Students can expect to dedicate approximately 25 to 30 hours per week to successfully complete the requirements for each academic course.

        • 4. Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology to apply?

          No. Yorkville University provides multiple pathways for admission to the MACP program. To learn more about our admissions pathways and whether you currently meet the criteria to apply, please complete this form and an admissions advisor will be happy to assist.

          • 5. How do terms and courses work?

            For the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program, there are three 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 five weeks long or ten weeks long.

            Courses are taken sequentially and not concurrently, although the latter may be possible with special permission. A term would consist of either one ten-week course and a five-week course or three five-week courses. 

            • 6. Are there breaks between terms or courses?

              There is a two-to-three-week break in between terms. However, within a term, there are no breaks between courses.

              • 7. What is involved in completing the practicum?

                The rigorous practicum consists of approximately 13 hours per week for 30 weeks. The practicum is normally completed over two 15-week terms. In total, the practicum involves 400 hours of counselling experience in a professional counselling setting, including 200 hours of direct, supervised contact with clients.

                After completing 12 academic courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of B (3.0), students are eligible to begin their practicum. Students are responsible for finding a suitable practicum site, although Yorkville University’s Faculty of Behavioural Sciences is available to assist. Practicum settings and eligible on-site supervisors must be approved by the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences prior to commencement of the practicum.

                The practicum experience takes place within the context of a course (PSYC 7113 and PSYC 7203) led by a member of the faculty. Students complete a number of self-directed learning modules related to the practice of counselling psychology, participate in 12 live seminars, engage in individual supervision with a faculty supervisor, and prepare a multi-staged case analysis.
                Students are responsible for finding a suitable practicum site, although Yorkville University’s Faculty of Behavioural Sciences is available to assist. Practicum settings and eligible on-site supervisors must be approved by the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences prior to commencement of the practicum.

                • 8. How much does the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program cost?

                  For information on tuition and fees please click here or contact an Admissions Advisor here.

                  • 9. What is the application process for the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program?

                    Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

                    • 10. What are the demographics of the classes?

                      Most students in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program are aged 25 to 44 years old and are working professionals with significant experience in counselling or counselling-related work or studies. All students are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

                      • 11. Is Yorkville approved to offer the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree?

                        Yes. Yorkville University has been approved to offer the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree by the Government of New Brunswick.

                        • 12. What IELTS or TOEFL score do I need to be accepted?

                          For more information on the minimum English language requirements, please refer to section titled, “English Language Proficiency” here

                          • 13. Does Yorkville University offer any scholarships?

                            Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules. Please click here for more information.

                            • 14. Can I apply for Canadian provincial student loans?

                              Only domestic students can apply to Canadian provincial student loan programs such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), or New Brunswick Student Loans (NBSL).

                              Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

                              • 15. What if I have more questions?

                                If you can’t find your questions addressed on this web page, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Tuition & Fees

The total cost for the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree program effective September 2023 is $43,610.*

The MACP program runs throughout the year, which is divided into three academic terms, starting in September, January and May. Students must complete 49 study credits, including 43 study credits obtained through academic courses and six study credits obtained through a supervised practicum. A typical course is three study credits.

Total program tuition may vary based on actual credit transfers and course equivalencies. Below are sample calculations depending on the number of courses taken per term.

Tuition Effective September 2023:

Tuition Effective September 2023:
One 7 $890 $6,230
Two 9 $890 $8,010
Three 9 $890 $8,010
Four 9 $890 $8,010
Five 9 $890 $8,010
Practicum 1 3 $890 $2,670
Practicum 2 3 $890 $2,670

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition Payment

Arrangements for payment of tuition must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of each term (please see the Academic Schedule for deadlines). Monthly payment arrangements can also be made. Please contact our Bursar’s Office for more details at 1-888-886-1882. 

Other Fees

Please note that costs do not include other fees such as textbooks, expendable supplies, equipment and resource fees. All fees and charges are quoted in Canadian dollars (CAD). Yorkville University also accepts equivalent payment in other currencies.

For further information about tuition, fees and payment methods, please contact Yorkville University’s Bursar’s Office. Tuition rates are confirmed three months prior to the start of each term. Changes to tuition rates will be announced at least three months prior to the start of the term to which they apply. Current tuition rates are available on the Yorkville University website or from the Bursar’s Office at 1-888-886-1882.

Financial Aid Types

Scholarships & Bursaries

Yorkville University provides a limited number of scholarships and bursaries to qualified students.

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Financial Aid

Yorkville University is committed to helping students find affordable solutions to finance their education investment.

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Yorkville Referral Program

Yorkville Referral Program (YRP) for graduates of our Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) program.

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*Does not include the required practicum placement that is normally completed in 30 weeks at the end of the program. The practicum is supervised by a registered counsellor or psychotherapist and allows students to integrate theory with practice and develop valuable counselling experience. For comprehensive, up-to-date information about the MACP program, please view the Academic Calendar.

Yorkville University offers a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology that is designated in New Brunswick and delivered online.