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Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, MA, Yorkville University


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About Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, MA - at Yorkville University

The Faculty of Behavioural Sciences Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) is a 28-month online and practicum-based program that prepares graduates for a career in the field of counselling psychology. The program is structured with a combination of core and elective courses to build the foundational competencies and practical skills needed to become professional counsellors, researchers, educators and psychotherapists. Graduates of the MACP program are prepared to acquire professional registration in their provincial jurisdiction and are able to apply for a number of designations upon completing the program.

The MACP program's curriculum is offered primarily online, with a significant faculty-supervised practicum component. Our teaching faculty are from across North America and instruct students on a variety of topics such as counselling theory, counselling and psychotherapeutic interventions, and testing and assessment. Graduates develop the skills needed to begin a new career or advance in a current role.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program is on a selective basis. Minimum admission requirements include:

  • a bachelor's or first professional degree from a recognized university, not necessarily with a major in psychology. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed undergraduate courses amounting to either a major or minor in psychology, related social sciences, or allied health professions such as social work.
  • a grade point average (GPA) in their undergraduate study sufficiently strong to support the ability to participate in a rigorous, graduate level program of academic study; this is normally shown by an applicant's cumulative GPA (average on all undergraduate courses) or the GPA on the final 60 undergraduate credits taken. Generally, graduate programs require an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 or 4.3 scale. Applicants may be admitted with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 if there is clear evidence in their application leading the admissions committee to believe that the applicant is prepared for graduate study. Students admitted with GPA below 3.0 will be subject to conditions established by the admissions committee and will not be allowed to continue in the program if such conditions are not met. Applicants whose cumulative GPA in their undergraduate study is below 2.5 on a 4 or 4.3 scale are not considered for conditional admission under this general policy and will not be admitted.
  • although standardized test results, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test, are not required as a precondition for admission to the program, applicants are encouraged to submit these scores if they believe such test results would strengthen their application for admission.
  • two letters of reference from professional or academic sources, preferably from persons able to comment meaningfully on the motivation and ability of the applicant to undertake graduate study.
  • a current resume or CV.
  • a 700-1000 word letter of application substantiating interest, qualifications and experience relevant to the field of counselling psychology. In this letter, we ask our applicants to comment on how their combination of life experience, work and volunteer experience and/or education makes them a suitable candidate for the program. Applicants may also wish to comment on how this program would assist them in meeting their career goals.
  • we ask that a $75 application fee be submitted before an application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

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