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Master of Counselling (Qualifying)
University of Southern Queensland - Toowoomba

Course outline

The Master of Counselling Qualifying pathway enhances students’ counselling skills and knowledge and prepares them for registration as counsellors. Students completing the Master of Counselling via this pathway will, at completion, have met the training requirements for membership with PACFA and the ACA. This pathway has a choice of five specialisations:
• Foundations of Practice
• Addiction
• Child, Youth and Family Therapy
• Mental Health Counselling
• Trauma Focused Practicetice for applicants who are already registered professionals in counselling or related allied mental health fields and thus are not required to meet initial registration requirements. For more program information, visit Master of Counselling at USQ.


Master of Counselling attendance requirements include mandatory residential schools at Ipswich campus and online Synchronous tutorials.


Master of Counselling (Qualifying): foundations of practice; addiction; child, youth and family therapy; mental health counselling; trauma focused practice.

Fee notes

Subject to final approval.

Other requirements

Master of Counselling students will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal History Check in the form of an Australian Police Certificate. As well as a Working with Children Check (Blue Card) and other mandatory documents required prior to professional clinical placement.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of Southern Queensland and for this course, refer to UniSQ’s website.


Prior study; Interview; Questionnaire

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2023 information is not available.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2023 information is not available.

Career opportunities

Counselling leads to careers in a range of settings: community health centres, schools and universities, as well as for not-for-profit organisations, commercial organisations, government departments and in private practice.
You will be able to graduate with the knowledge, skills and an ethical practice framework that enables you to deliver counselling and psychotherapy interventions covering a wide range of areas: from counselling in relationships to grief and loss, trauma, domestic and family violence, mental health problems and abuse through to counselling for alcohol and other drugs.
A UniSQ Counselling degree allows you to work locally, nationally, and internationally as your skills and knowledge are transferable and in high demand.

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Offer rounds

15 Jan 2024
24 Apr 2024
6 Jun 2024


Fee *See notes

Level of Qualification
Masters qualifying course
Study Area
Humanities and social sciences
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

2 years Full time or 4 years Part time

Darling Downs & South West QLD
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