Applicants need the following to meet minimum requirements:
1. A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
2. A minimum GPA of 3.00 (on the University of Calgary four-point system). This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of ten full-course equivalents.
3. Three prerequisite courses in learning theory, development, and communication (basic counselling) skills preferably at the third or fourth year level. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed all prerequisites. Applicants will be asked to list the courses they have taken that are equivalents to the prerequisites, along with course outlines. Transcripts are assessed at the time of application, therefore applicants may apply to the program with prerequisite courses in progress, or may be asked to complete prerequisite courses prior to starting the program. Should admission be offered, it would be conditional on the prerequisites being complete prior to the start of the program (August 31).
- Applicants must have completed a course from three areas. A brief description of coursework that has been accepted in the past is listed below. Please note that this is not a complete list of accepted coursework. Also, course content can vary from year to year so courses accepted in previous years might not be accepted upon more recent review.
a) Learning Theory. Examples of previously accepted courses include but are not restricted to:
- University of Calgary: PSYC 375 Brain and Behaviour
- Athabasca University: PSYC 387
- Mount Royal University: PSYC 3301 Learning and Behaviour
- York University: PSYC 2210 Learning
- University of Lethbridge: PSYC 2330 Learning and Cognition
- University of Alberta: PSYCO 282 Behaviour Modification
b) Developmental Psychology (i.e., development across the life-span). Examples of previously accepted courses include but are no restricted to:
- University of Calgary: PSYC 351 Developmental Psychology
- Athabasca University: PSYC 323 Developmental Psychology
- York University: PSYC 2110 Developmental Psychology
- University of Lethbridge: PSYC 2110 Introduction to Child Development
- University of Alberta: PSYCHO 223 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
- Mount Royal University: PSYC 22325 Life Span Development
c) Communication Skills (i.e., skills for active listening, empathic understanding, communication of empathy, working alliance, group facilitation, collaboration). Examples of previously accepted courses include but are not restricted to:
NOTE: The Psychology department at the University of Calgary does not currently offer an undergraduate course in this area. Interested applicants can enroll in our MEd Interdisciplinary certificate, Foundations in School & Counselling Psychology, which includes courses on communication skills and development.
- Athabasca University: PSYC 405 Creating a Working Alliance (this course is offered via distance delivery)
- University of Alberta: EDPY 442 Introduction to Counselling
- Brandon University: Psych 82:375: Counselling Psychology II
- University of Calgary: SOWK 303 Interviewing in Context; CORE 321: Communication Skills in Applications
- MacEwan University: PSYC 438: Psychological Interviewing and Professional Skills
- University of Guelph: FRHD 3400: Communication and Counselling Skills
- University of Lethbridge: HLSC 1020 Introduction to the Counselling Interview
- University of Manitoba: SWRK 2080 Interpersonal Communication Skills
- Mount Royal University : CYCC 1110 Fundamental Skills in Interviewing
- University of Saskatchewan: NURS 321.3 & 328.3 (need both)
- Simon Fraser University: EDUC 423 helping relationships
- Trinity Western University: PSYC 340: interpersonal and helping skills
- University of British Columbia: CNPS 362
- University of Victoria: CYC 152 Introduction to Helping Skills in Child and Youth Care Practice (formerly CYC 252); ED-D 417: Skills for Effective Interpersonal Communication
- Vancouver Community College: CNSK 1401 Basic Counselling Skills plus either 1405 or 1406
4. Supporting documents - these must be uploaded to the Student Centre through myUofC after the online application has been submitted. Applicants will receive a confirmation email with instructions and information regarding this process upon completion and submission of the online application.
- Statement of intent indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the MC program; their educational goals; their personal and professional aspirations; and future career goals (approximately 500 words).
- A CV/personal resume documenting: professional experience; relevant work activities; presentations/publications; and relevant professional development/training.
5. Two references. Applicants should have a reference from one individual with whom he or she has studied at the university level and one from an individual with whom he or she has worked professionally. References are submitted through the online application system.
6. Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs at the University of Calgary. Prior to admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, an applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirements as outlined at the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.
- In Graduate Programs in Education, an official TOEFL score of at least 98 (Internet-based test), or a MELAB score of 82, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher is required. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Proficiency may also be met by successful completion of Level III of the International Foundations Program.
Application Deadline: December 1 (see the 'How to Apply' tab below)
Admission to all graduate programs is highly competitive due to limited enrollment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. For instance, the acceptance rate for the MC program was 18% in 2013 and 20.5% in 2014. Most successful applicants have one to two years of accumulated counselling-related experience.
All graduate programs are governed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In the case of any conflict, regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar take precedence over material on this website. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for University of Calgary graduate admission requirements.
At time the of acceptance, students must complete an Acknowledgement of Acceptance of Workers Compensation or NO Workers Compensation form, dependent upon their Province, Territory or Country of Residence and where they will be undertaking their practica. More information about this policy can be found at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/riskmgmt/WCB-DistanceEd-StudentsOutsideAlberta
Students will complete an online orientation prior to the courses starting in September. Details for the Orientation are provided with offers of admission.
Successful applicants will need to produce the results of a Criminal Record Check before they will be permitted to participate in practicum or internship experiences associated with the program.
Offers of admission are valid only for the term to which applications are made. Graduate Programs in Education will not grant deferrals of admission. Students unable to take up an offer will be required to submit a new application.