Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of counseling with the Master of Counselling at VU.

You'll gain experience in adult, child and adolescent counseling, focusing your learning on:

  • counseling and psychological theory
  • counseling interventions and psychological therapies (for adults, children, adolescents, and families)
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement.

Accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Master of Counselling covers:

  • insights into a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and addictions
  • an understanding of the ethics of counseling
  • the completion of a practice-based minor thesis.

Please note: this is not a psychology course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.


This course leads to careers in:

  • counseling
  • family support
  • multicultural services
  • community work
  • school counseling
  • welfare services
  • palliative care
  • refugee services
  • youth work.


Employment for counselors in Australia rose strongly over the last five years and is expected to grow very strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook(external link)).

The average annual earnings of a counselor is $59,956 (Job Outlook(external link)).

Course Structure

To attain the Master of Counselling students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of the following:

  • 132 credit points of Core studies; and

  • 12 credit points of Elective studies; plus

Full-time Option

48 credit points of Research studies


Part-time Option

48 credit points of Research studies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically review the theoretical knowledge of counseling theory and its application;
2. Exhibit an awareness of psychological theory relevant to their work and interests;
3. Appraise and articulate of the range of counseling interventions and psychological therapies offered by helping professions;
4. Develop a proposal using appropriate research methods deploying critical reading within the counseling literature; and
5. Further, develop an applied knowledge of professional practice.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.
Suitability for the profession of counseling as determined at an interview.
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

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Last updated January 14, 2019
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