Master of Guidance and Counselling

James Cook University (JCU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

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. 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.

Designed for

Teachers wanting to qualify as school guidance counsellors and others with experience in the human resource sector wishing to work in non-school areas


36 credit points by coursework


  • Guidance and counselling

Standard entry requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor in cognate discipline


Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the ACA.

Study pathways

Candidates with 2 years of full-time (or equivalent) professional experience or have an AQF Level 8 cognate qualification may be granted credit or recognition of prior learning.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Online International: $32,040 No
  • Online/Off-campus : 1.5 years
JCU Singapore International: $48,060 Yes
  • Full-time : 1.5 years

Further information

This course is also available to international students by offshore external study. For more information:

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