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    Master of Guidance and Counselling
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    Master of Guidance and Counselling

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Master by Course Work

    Study Type

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesSeptember-2024
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    Duration 1.5 years
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 32,040  / year
    Next Intake September-2024

    Master of Guidance and Counselling


    Make a lasting impact on the lives of others by developing the skills to support the social and emotional welfare of people and communities. Gain practical experience in advanced counselling methods and learn how to design, plan, and ethically implement professional guidance programs in a variety of contexts.

    Ready to take on a career that supports others to live confidently and healthily as they find the path that’s best for them? Studying JCU’s Master of Guidance and Counselling will equip you to provide information and support to future clients in the ways they need most. Whether you go on to work as a school guidance officer or professional counsellor, you’ll have an array of guidance and counselling techniques and skills, allowing you to compassionately and sensitively educate and empower your future clients.

    Over the course of this 1.5-year degree, you will gain a deep and critical understanding of the theoretical origins and concepts underpinning current approaches to counselling and their application to the field, including career development. You will explore the intercultural applications of guidance and counselling to the tropical context, including Indigenous, rural and regional wellbeing. You will develop strong micro and macro skills in counselling and have opportunities for intentional practice of micro skills in simulated counselling sessions.

    This Master of Guidance and Counselling degree has eight core subjects that cover topics such as the foundations of counselling theory and practice, advanced counselling techniques, reflective practice, career and leisure guidance, and atypical development. You can tailor the degree to suit your interests and career goals by choosing four elective subjects, with options including educational research, behaviour management, social learning perspectives, conflict analysis and resolution, plus many others.

    In this degree, you will undertake an individual, small-scale research project that encourages informed, action-oriented leadership approaches to building social and/or ecological capacity in the guidance and counselling field. You will be supported in your research by expert academics who will give you advice and guidance relevant to your chosen topic and your future goals. The research knowledge and skills you gain in this project will prepare you for pursuing a Higher Degree by Research.

    Upon completion of JCU’s Master of Guidance and Counselling, you will be ready to be a guidance officer, counsellor, or career development advisor with the ability to identify complex issues, develop creative solutions, give informed guidance and provide compassionate counselling in a range of professional guidance and counselling practice contexts.

    View the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.
    Additional information

    Study a Master of Guidance and Counselling at JCU

    If you already work in a well-being capacity and want to deepen your knowledge to help others, JCU’s Master of Guidance and Counselling may be the next step toward a more fulfilled career. This course covers 8 core topics that will take practitioners from foundational to advanced level skills. The purpose of JCU’s Master's degree in Guidance and Counselling is for graduates to be able to offer skilled support for people’s social and emotional lives in different cultural contexts.

    Australia is home to many different cultural contexts including Indigenous, migrant and refugee communities. In addition, there are rural and regional aspects to take into consideration when planning how to provide guidance to communities. Through studying this specialised counselling master’s degree, graduates will gain a deeper insight into how to sensitively and compassionately empower individuals and communities to provide lasting outcomes. The course will equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to provide guidance to clients and also to devise ethically delivered community guidance programs.

    Core Subjects for JCU Master of Guidance and Counselling

    The JCU Master of Guidance and Counselling aims to offer a comprehensive understanding of counselling guidance and practice. Eight core subjects must be studied including:

    • Foundations of counselling theory and practice
    • Advanced counselling techniques
    • Reflective practice
    • Career and leisure guidance
    • Atypical development

    To further tailor study to suit the individual participant’s interests, it is possible to choose four electives from subjects such as:

    • Educational research
    • Behaviour Management
    • Social learning perspectives
    • Conflict analysis and resolution

    Master's degree in Guidance and Counselling students will also need to complete an individual small-scale project. More information can be found on the main course page. The whole course can be completed within an 18-month timeframe if all deadlines are met. Postgraduate students will be supported by leading industry experts to gain a first-class understanding of counselling theory and practice.

    Career Options for JCU Master Degree in Guidance and Counselling Graduates

    JCU graduates work in a range of different fields such as guidance, counselling, and career development. Some sectors that need graduates with an information, advice and guidance masters include private and public sector organisations where specialist human resource management is required, schools and charities. The JCU Master's degree in Guidance and Counselling is also accredited within Australia and Singapore, allowing graduates to work internationally.

    JCU is pleased to welcome students from Australia and internationally. Please view the general admission requirements section in the course handbook for eligibility criteria and pathways to this course. If you are considering doing a Masters of Guidance and Counselling in Queensland, there is a choice of flexible study options. students can choose between in-person attendance at the JCU Townsville campus and online delivery. Online students will have to attend some on-campus classes to qualify.

    If you are ready to take the next step to become an accredited professional counsellor, visit the JCU main course page for further information on entry requirements and fees. Read the current student and alumni testimonials to see where this pathway could take you.
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    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Guidance and Counselling .

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    AQF level 7 bachelor in cognate discipline

    English language requirements

    Band 2

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    Diversify your teaching and human resource management skills with a JCU Master of Guidance and Counselling.

    You could provide specialist human resource management skills across the public or private sector for business or government, as well working in schools as a guidance counsellor.

    This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association and the Singapore Association for Counselling, giving you the ability to pursue a career internationally.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 32,040 

    How to Apply

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