Master of Guidance and Counselling

Provided by James Cook University


Awarded by James Cook University

Course introduction


Our Master of Guidance and Counselling degree is designed for teachers who are interested in qualifying as school guidance counsellors, and others who wish to pursue professional careers in Counselling as well as those with experience in the human resource sector who would like to develop highly effective interpersonal skills at work generally.

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) in Australia and in Singapore by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), giving graduates the ability to pursue careers in both countries as well as internationally.

The Master of Guidance and Counselling degree equips graduates with skills, knowledge, understanding and personal awareness to become professional counsellors in a variety of locations and settings.
For those who do not wish to pursue the professional counselling route, the Course will advance them professionally by equipping them with a sophisticated range and depth of interpersonal skills, knowledge, understanding and personal awareness which can be applied to a diverse range of work settings.

Area of Studies

Course Structure
3 trimesters per year | take 1-2 subjects per trimester

Study Program
Students are required to complete 12 subjects (36 credit points) based on availability and scheduling.

8 Core Subjects (24 credit points)

  • Foundations of Counselling Theory
  • Foundations of Counselling Practice
  • Advanced Counselling
  • Assessment
  • Atypical Development
  • Careers and Leisure Guidance & Counselling
  • Reflective Practice Research in Guidance & Counselling
  • Practicum in Guidance and Counselling

4 subjects (12 credit points) from the following
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Behaviour Management
  • Educational Leadership
  • Leading for Change in Curriculum Pedagogy
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Individual Researched Action Project
Course Requirements
  • Each 3 credit point subject requires a minimum of 130 hours of study per trimester including one 25-hour intensive contact block
  • Practicum consists of 130 hours of practice (100 hours minimum face to face counselling) over a period of 2 trimesters.
  • Students are supported in sourcing and making arrangements for practicum placements. The University meets supervision requirement costs (within University guidelines).
Advanced Standing
Students may be granted advanced standing if, in addition to meeting the entry requirements, they have a minimum of two years full time relevant working experience.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of an appropriate three-year undergraduate degree from this or another university
  • Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees. (Further information on AQF can be found at
English Language Requirements for All Students
  • IELTS 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0)/TOEFL iBT 90 (with minimum writing score of 21) and above/TOEFL (paper based) 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5)/Pearson (PTE Academic) 64 or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program Level 4.
  • Students who have successfully completed 2 years of full-time study in English medium may satisfy the English language requirement on a case-by-case basis.
Attendance Requirements
Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Fees & Funding

S$37,236 (Domestic*)

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)
Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)