Master of Counselling


One year full-time or
up to three years part-time


Online, Mixed

Total cost

$16,392 (At 2022 fees)

Next intake

February, July

Course Overview.

The Master of Counselling provides students with advanced professional skills for counselling ministry and for pastoral and spiritual formation. It nurtures the formation of a professional identity and vision suitable for individual and relational counselling. The course equips graduates to engage in supportive and intensive therapies with psychological competence and theological congruence. Committed engagement in supervision for personal and professional integration is essential to successful completion of the course. For more information on the Master of Counselling and it’s course regulation please follow this link.

Course outcomes.

Graduates of the Master of Counselling
  1. have expert counselling skills
  2. have knowledge and experience of supervisory leadership and management structures
  3. apply skills to initiate and plan counselling interventions
  4. apply critical self-evaluation and theological reflection to their practice of counselling
  5. apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a wide range of contexts including multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments.

Course structure.

The Master of Counselling consists of 144 points comprised of:
  • 72 points of Postgraduate units in the discipline of Professional Counselling, or relevant units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies approved by the Head of Counselling at Stirling College; and
  • 24 points of Postgraduate Elective units in the discipline of Professional Counselling or the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies, or a Postgraduate research methodology unit; and
  • either the Capstone units XZ9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum) and XZ9078S Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies, to be taken concurrently, or RQ9748M Minor Thesis.

Admission criteria.

A person may apply to enrol as a candidate for the Master of Counselling if the person has:
  • satisfactorily completed either a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, or a Graduate Diploma (or higher qualification) in a field closely related to Counselling such as nursing or social work, from the University of Divinity or from a tertiary education provider that is recognised by the Academic Board and by a relevant professional body, and
  • is a self-insured, non-student member of a relevant professional counselling body, and
  • satisfactorily completes an interview with a Course Advisor
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) from the Australian Institute of Family Counselling(AIFC) or an equivalent counselling qualification and satisfactory completion of an interview with a designated Coursework Coordinator.

Have questions about the course or application process?

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Applications close 30th January