Graduate Studies










Program Components: 

Coursework, Practicum and Project


The Master of Counselling program accepts applications in aternating years. Admission to this cohort is planned for Summer (May) 2023. 

As a Master of Counselling student, you will experience a distance program designed to prepare you for a career as a Canadian Certified Counsellor or Registered Psychologist. In this program you will:

  • be part of a diverse, distributed learning community,
  • receive a quality education through a blend of online courses and face-to-face components (summer institutes and practicum seminars),
  • experience supervised practice in counselling psychology settings,
  • benefit from a personal and supportive learning environment,
  • study with experienced faculty and practicing counsellors.

The 12-course Master of Counselling program is completed over three years in a blended delivery format. Summer term includes an online portion, as well as a two-week face-to-face component in July. Fall and spring courses are offered online. On-campus accommodation is available.

While the program is designed to accommodate working professionals, students are encouraged to limit other obligations during the time frame of the program. Many students reduce or adjust their hours of work while engaged in their practica. 

Program Schedule Counselling Programs FAQ 

Related Program: The Faculty of Education also offers a Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) program, with on-campus courses in the first year and a practicum in the second year. A background in teaching is not required.

Questions? Contact the Faculty of Education -

In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.

Admission requirements

Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e. undergraduate degree) from a recognized degree-granting institution, in the discipline of interest or in a closely cognate discipline.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in the terms containing the last 20 graded university courses (60.0 credit hours).
  • Breadth of undergraduate courses in counselling, educational psychology or psychology. Particular emphasis is paid to courses in human development, learning, personality, psychological disorders (abnormal psychology), and counseling and/or interpersonal skills. 
  • Approximately two years of work experience in a counselling or related setting. Volunteer experience in counselling settings is also desirable. Applicants submit a Fieldwork Experience form to describe details of relevant paid or volunteer experience.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate students.

See here for information regarding international graduate-level admission requirements

Application process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Before you begin an application, review the requirements for your supporting documents below. If additional documentation is required, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in Education will contact you.​

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents
Official documents (e.g., transcripts, English language proficiency test scores) are required prior to course registration.

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 4: Admission Interview 

The selection committee reviews applications. Applicants selected for consideration may be invited to a scheduled admission interview. To accommodate applicants from a greater distance these interviews may be conducted online.

Step 5: Admission Decision

The selection committee makes a recommendation on admission to the program committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar's Office no later than April 1.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.

Admission Criteria

The following criteria are used in the selection process:

  • Grade point average
  • Relevancy of undergraduate degree
  • Breadth of undergraduate courses
  • References
  • Relevant work and/or volunteer experience
  • Results of interview

Supporting Documents for the Master of Counselling program 


Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Letters of Reference 

Applicants to the Master of Counselling program are required to submit three (3) reference letters, one (1) under whom you have studied at the university level and two (2) with whom you have worked professionally, preferably who have served in a supervisory capacity.

You are: Who is an acceptable academic referee?
A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
A current or recent graduate student
  • Your supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
Working and completed a degree several years ago
  • Someone with whom you have studied at the
    university level
  • An employer or another person who has served
    in a supervisory capacity who can testify to your
    ability to succeed in an academic setting

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

  • Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
  • Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application  
  • Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference  
  • Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member

Please see the Application FAQ for detailed information regarding submitting Letters of Reference.

Curriculum vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV. 

Letter of Intent

Your Letter of Intent for the Master of Counselling program must contain:

  • Nature of interest in the program and the intended career outcome upon completion.

You should address your letter to the Graduate Programs in Education Committee. 

English Language Proficiency (ELP) for Graduate Students

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information. 

Fieldwork Experience form

The Fieldwork Experience form is intended only for individuals applying to the Master of Counselling program and is submitted as part of the application process.

Fieldwork Experience form


Learn More: 

"I wanted a program with small class sizes that also allowed for me to have the freedom of not being in class every single day. The Master of Counselling program was honestly the perfect option. I think this program requires students who are ready to take the driver seat in their education. If that sounds like you, the Master of Counselling program would be a great fit."
Iso Ogumbor, MC student


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