The Master of Professional counseling at Monash University Malaysia is a skill-based course suited to those with an interest in counseling. It is taught by academics with extensive experience of working as professional counselors/psychologists.

This course is designed to prepare you to become registered counselors in settings such as community mental health, schools, health centers, workplaces, and in private practice. The course is also suitable if you are already working in various professions who may wish to utilize counseling skills in roles such as teaching, social work, and human resources.

A distinctive feature of the course is its focus on preparing students to be culturally competent counselors in Malaysia and the region. This course requires you to undertake 504 hours of clinical placements, including a minimum of 192 hours of client contact. Through these mandatory placements, you have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings.


This course will be submitted for accreditation by the following professional organizations:

  • Malaysian Board of counselors (Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia)
  • Australian counseling Association (ACA)
  • Psychotherapy and counseling Federation of Australia (PACFA


This course consists of advance preparatory units, core units and application units.

You must complete:

(a) Four advanced preparatory units (24 points)

  • counseling practice and theory
  • Human growth and lifespan development
  • Mental health issues: grief, trauma and substance abuse
  • counseling in a multicultural context

(b) Eight core units (48 points)

  • Children and adolescents counseling
  • Personnel and career development counseling
  • counseling skills: individuals and couples
  • Ethics and professional issues in counseling and psychology
  • Group counseling skills and psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Advanced personnel and career development counseling
  • counseling research design, statistics, and program evaluation

(c) Four application units (24 points)

  • Psychological assessment and measurement
  • counseling practicum
  • Research project in counseling
  • counseling Internship


On completion of the course, you should be able to work as a counselor with an advanced level of knowledge and be cognizant of the professional issues involved in undertaking counseling as a profession in Malaysia and the region. You would be able to work in settings such as community mental health clinics, schools, health centers, workplaces and in private practice.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

As a student at Monash University Malaysia, you will have access to various scholarships and financial assistance provided by both the university and external benefactors.

  • Honours Degree Scholarships
  • Postgraduate Coursework
  • Postgraduate Research (HDR) Scholarships
  • External Sponsorship
  • Study Loans
  • Other Financial Support
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Last updated November 22, 2018
This course is Campus based
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2 - 4 years
- Full course: Malaysian students RM 66,300; International students RM 72,900
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