University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

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Counselling Psychology

University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Faculty:Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Field of Study:Counselling Psychology
Areas of Research:Counselling Psychology; Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition; Psychological Studies in Education; School Psychology; Special Education; Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL); Technology in Education.
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,072


Counselling Psychology is a helping profession devoted to preventing, remediating and ameliorating emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal difficulties as well as enhancing human potential and quality of life. These aims are achieved through the integration of science with practice and the development of awareness and skills to work with diverse populations from individual, social and organizational perspectives. The Doctoral Program in Counselling Psychology is based on the scientist-practitioner model and is dedicated to training leaders of the profession through pursuing disciplined inquiry, understanding and respecting human diversity, and developing, using and evaluating effective counselling practices. Scientist-practitioners engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research while routinely monitoring their own counselling effectiveness. The objectives of the Doctoral program are: (1) the scientific development of knowledge in counselling psychology; (2) the scientific application of psychological knowledge to counselling practice; (3) the promotion of ethical behavior; and (4) the understanding of and respect for human diversity. These objectives are accomplished via research, coursework, and supervised practice. The program operates from an integrative theoretical orientation whereby students are exposed to a wide variety of counselling approaches.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Students applying to the Doctoral Program in Counselling Psychology must have:

    obtained a four-year baccalaureate degree in psychology or education,

    obtained a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology (preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed a Master’s thesis),

    successful completion of at least one half-year graduate course, or a two-semester (or two one-semester) senior undergraduate course in:

    • Biological bases of behaviour (e.g., physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology)

    • Cognitive-affective bases of behaviour (e.g., learning, sensation, perception, cognition, thinking, motivation, emotion)

    • Social bases of behaviour (e.g., social psychology; cultural, ethnic, and group processes; sex roles; organizational and systems theory)

    • Individual behaviour (e.g., personality theory, human development, individual differences, abnormal psychology)

    successful completion of at least one half-year graduate course in:

    • scientific and professional ethics and standards

    • research methods

    • systems of counselling

    • statistics

    acquired graduate training in:

    • psychological assessment

    • test construction and psychological measurement

    • group counselling

    • individual counselling

    • cross-cultural counselling

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 93] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]
    Application Notes : Applicants may also take a PTE with a minimum score of 63 in order to prove their English proficiency.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience
    Transcripts are also needed.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 07, 2022