Master of Counselling

This course teaches counselling skills and theory with an integrated focus on professional integrity and a Christian worldview. It will suit people wanting to work as a Counsellor, as a member of a recognised Counselling body. This course is overseen by Associate Professor Rebecca Loundar.

Course Description

The Master of Counselling will teach you the technical and theoretical aspects of professional counselling, integrated with a Christian worldview. This course has an emphasis on vocational readiness and will teach you to apply counselling skills with integrity and professionalism.  The units from this course can be used for credit towards the Masters-level counselling degree.

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Course Structure

The course structure is based on four semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 110 credit points of core subjects
  • 30 credit points of specialisation subjects
  • 10 credit point elective subject
  • 10 credit point research capstone subject

To qualify for award of the Master of Counselling, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 160 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.


Professional Practice Specialisation

10 credit points of Counselling Theory and Therapy subjects, such as:

  • SSC531 Solution Focussed Therapy and Positive Psychology
  • SSC532 Narrative Therapy
  • SSC533 Creative Therapies
  • SSC536 Cognitive Behaviour Theories and Therapies

20 credit points of SSC-coded subjects at 400 level or above

This specialisation is recommended for students seeking professional registration as Counsellors in Australia.

Admission Criteria


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) in a related discipline by an authorised institution, as determined by the Program Director, for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with no higher education study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Essential Entry Requirements

All applicants must submit a Statement of Intention as part of their application for admission into this course. This should include the email and phone contact details for at least one professional referee.

The Program Director or delegated representative may conduct a pre-admission interview for applicants as part of their application for admission into this course. As part of this interview, applicants will be assessed on:

  • aptitude for tertiary study and personal suitability with use of references, including technological competence and computer literacy
  • capacity to develop effective interpersonal skills with input from academic staff
  • capacity to understand ethical behaviour and willingness to follow the PACFA Code of Ethics
  • openness to self-reflection and feedback
  • awareness of need to participate in a planned and structured client contact setting
  • career Goals and objectives and their relevance to the program
  • openness to personal and professional development

All students are required to complete the new Working with Children Check online before they will be allowed to participate in professional practice subjects. Students will be classified as a ‘volunteer’.


Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-Face, Online*, Intensive
Locations: Hobart, Sydney and Online
Duration: 2 years full-time/up to 4 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

*There are work-integrated learning components to this course.

Mandatory Supervision and Face-to-Face Requirements

Students will be required to participate in individual and group supervision as part of this course. Students will also be required to attend a minimum 166 hours of face-to-face learning, in addition to 100 hours of face-to-face work-integrated learning (professional practice), which includes 40 hours of client contact. Students who are unable to attend one of AC’s campuses are encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss options for completing the minimum face-to-face components.

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, MCU and Professional development dates please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes



  • advanced and integrated understanding of key issues, practices, scholarship and recent developments within the specialisation of counselling;
  • knowledge of general research principles and methods, and advanced knowledge of specific research approaches used in counselling;
  • advanced and integrated understanding regarding the planning, implementation, assessment and reporting of counselling activities consistent with a Christian worldview and appropriate to the demands of the counselling context;  


Demonstrated ability to:

  • evaluate, synthesise and critically engage the theoretical knowledge in the counselling contexts;
  • analyse and synthesise counselling approaches and develop skills and strategies (including technologies) in counselling practices;
  • design and implement an action research project which examines a complex problem or issue using appropriate counselling methodologies and theories;
  • communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
  • identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in counselling;

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed in the counselling field to develop appropriate solutions;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of an expert in the counselling field;
  • design and implement a major research project to advance personal and professional development;
  • comply with professional codes of ethics and regulations which impact on the ability to work in counselling contexts and keep abreast of changes in the legislation and practice applicable to the specific counselling context.


“Stepping into AC to study has opened up more opportunities than  I could ever have imagined. These two years have laid a foundation for the rest of my life and was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have studied at university and the difference is stark. At AC,  the teachers are proactive in educating within a community atmosphere, and are always accessible. AC teachers know the power of a positive word. They have been overwhelmingly supportive, always, and I mean always, encouraging me to have confidence in my scholarly abilities, and they opened doors of opportunity wherever possible.  The AC teachers have encouraged me to aim as high as possible  and to believe those heights are achievable.”



Career Opportunities

Graduates will be trained to provide counselling services but may find employment in a range of professional and educational contexts, not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations, chaplaincy positions, community service-orientated positions, and positions that require research skills and critical thinking.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Course Code

CRICOS Course Code: 108386B