Graduate Studies










Program Components: 

Coursework, Practicum and Project


As a Master of Counselling student you will experience a distance program designed to prepare you for a career as a Canadian Certified Counsellor or Registered Psychologist. In this program you will:

  • be part of a diverse, distributed learning community,
  • receive a quality education through a blend of online courses and face-to-face components (summer institutes and practicum seminars),
  • experience supervised practice in counselling psychology settings,
  • benefit from a personal and supportive learning environment,
  • study with experienced faculty and practicing counsellors.

The 12-course Master of Counselling program is completed over three years in a blended delivery format. Summer term includes an online portion, as well as a two-week face-to-face component in July. Fall and spring courses are offered online. On-campus accommodation is available.

While the program is designed to accomodate working professionals, students are encouraged to limit other obligations during the time frame of the program. Many students reduce or adjust their hours of work while engaged in their practica. 

The program accepts applications in alternating years. The next intake is planned for Summer (May) 2021.

Program Schedule Counselling Programs FAQ 

Related Program: The Faculty of Education also offers a Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) program, with on-campus courses in the first year and a practicum in the second year. A background in teaching is not required.


Questions? Contact the Faculty of Education -

In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.

Admission requirements
  1.  University of Lethbridge baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from another recognized degree-granting institution.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in the terms containing the last 20 graded university courses (60.0 credit hours)
  3. Applicants must present a breadth of undergraduate courses in counselling, educational psychology or psychology. Particular emphasis is paid to courses in human development, learning, personality, psychological disorders (abnormal psychology), and counselling and/or inter-personal skills.
  4.  Evidence of successful experience in a related area. Preference is given to applicants who have two or more years of work experience in a counselling or related setting. Volunteer experience in counselling settings is also desirable.
  5.  All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement for Graduate Students through recognized study or a valid standardized test (see English Language Proficiency for Graduate Students).

The following criteria are used in the selection process:

  • Grade point average;
  • Relevancy of undergraduate degree;
  • Breadth of undergraduate courses;
  • Relevant work and/or volunteer experience; and,
  • Results of interview.

Program Schedule          
Couns Programs FAQ

Application process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Before you begin an application, review the requirements for your supporting documents:

  • Transcripts
  • Contact information for three referees who are willing to submit a confidential assessment via the online system.
    • One referee under whom you have studied at the university level
    • Two referees with whom you have worked professionally, preferably referees who have served in a supervisory capacity
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • Fieldwork Experience form
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP) for Graduate Students
  • If additional documentation is required, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in Education will contact you.

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents
Official documents (e.g., transcripts, English language proficiency test scores) are required prior to course registration.

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 4: Admission Interview 

The selection committee reviews applications. Applicants selected for consideration may be invited to a scheduled admission interview. To accommodate applicants from a greater distance these interviews may be conducted online.

Step 5: Admission Decision

The selection committee makes a recommendation on admission to the program committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar's Office no later than April 1.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.

Learn More: 

"I wanted a program with small class sizes that also allowed for me to have the freedom of not being in class every single day. The Master of Counselling program was honestly the perfect option. I think this program requires students who are ready to take the driver seat in their education. If that sounds like you, the Master of Counselling program would be a great fit."
Iso Ogumbor, MC student


Check out todays events or use the calendar to search upcoming events.