Master's Program - Thesis-Based Route

Program Description

Counselling Psychology is a helping profession devoted to preventing, remediating and ameliorating emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal difficulties as well as enhancing human potential and quality of life. These aims are achieved through the integration of science with practice and the development of awareness and skills to work with diverse populations from individual, social and organizational perspectives.

The Thesis-Based Counselling Psychology program is intended to train competent practitioners who have solid professional and research abilities that enable them to adapt to the changing and diversifying roles of a psychologist. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of professional practice. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and judgment necessary to function effectively as a psychologist in a variety of settings and to undertake Ph.D. studies.

The thesis-based route is designed to prepare students for the Ph.D. Those who do not wish to pursue the Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta should apply to the course-based route.

The program is comprised of 11 three-credit courses and is normally taken over two academic years. The maximum time allowed for completion is 4 years.


Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the Thesis-based Master’s Program in Counselling Psychology applicants must:

  1. have obtained a four-year baccalaureate degree in psychology or education, or its equivalent, offered by a recognized degree-granting institution of higher education in Canada, a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States, or a University in another country acceptable to the Admissions Committee,  
  2. have completed at least 21 credits of undergraduate coursework in psychology (and/or educational psychology),  
  3. have acquired practical experience in the application of psychology (e.g., crisis line volunteer, youth worker), 
  4. provide three letters of reference; two of which must be from someone knowledgeable about the applicant’s scholarly abilities and potential, and one of which must be from someone knowledgeable about the applicant’s counselling abilities and potential,
  5. provide a two-page statement of intent indicating general areas of research and applied interest, previous academic and practical activity, and plans upon graduation.

Admission decisions are based on 6 core criteria: (1) academic record, (2) depth and breadth of psychology courses taken, (3) relevant research and applied/volunteer experiences, (4) letters of recommendation, (5) quality of writing and statement of intent, and (6) overall match with program goals and faculty interests. Admissions are also based on inferred scientist-practitioner sensibilities. In other words, an applicant's interest in -- and awareness of -- the scientist-practitioner training model in counselling psychology, and one's commitment to balancing and integrating research and practice and monitoring one's development and effectiveness over time. Applications are reviewed by two faculty and rated on a 5-point scale. Those with the highest average ratings are considered for admission.

Program Requirements

(P) indicates a practicum course, *indicates number of credits per course

Year 1
  • EDPY 501, Introduction to Methods of Educational Research *3
  • EDPY 507, Measurement Theory I *3
  • EDPY 521, Foundations of Psychological Assessment *3
  • EDPY 532, Systems of Counselling *3
  • EDPY 533, Basic Skills, Issues, & Attitudes in Counselling I *3 (P)
  • EDPY 534, Basic Skills, Issues, & Attitudes in Counselling II *3 (P)
  • EDPY 536, Ethical & Professional Issues in Psychological Practice *3
1 Required research course option (e.g., EDPY 503, Qualitative Methods, EDPY 505, Quantitative Methods)


Year 2
  • EDPY 518, Individual Psychological Assessment: Psycho-ed Foundations *3 (P)
  • EDPY 538, Theory & Practice of Group Counselling *3
  • THES 903/6, Thesis *6 for the academic year
2 Recommended Options (e.g., EDPY 542, Cross-Cultural Counselling, EDPY 543, Mental Health Testing in Counselling *3 (P), EDPY 546, Hope & the Helping Relationship, EDPY 635, Advanced Multicultural Counselling *3 (P), EDPY 640, Developmental Psychopathology)

Total credits for degree: 36

Practicum Courses

Please note that for the practicum courses listed above, considerable time is required in addition to the regularly scheduled lecture and seminar. Further information about practicum requirements will be specified in class

Thesis

During their M.Ed. program, students will complete a thesis. The thesis should involve conducting a valid research study under the supervision of a faculty member. Although your theses question may be original, it does not have to be, and the level of originality is usually quite low in order that it be achievable within two years. The thesis is intended to prepare you to undertake the doctoral dissertation, which must be highly original. Your supervisor will assist you in identifying a research question, designing the study, and writing-up the thesis.


The table below describes the applicant pool, acceptance rates, composition, and the average GPA of the students enrolled in the Master’s thesis-based Counselling program for the past four years.

 

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Applicant Pool

 

67

63

72

61

62

Gender

Female

61

53

57

50

55

 

Male

6

10

15

11

7

Accepted offers into Program

 

6

4

4

4

4

Gender

Female

6

3

3

3

4

 

Male

0

1

1

1

0

Age

range

23-31

25-31

22-27

24-25

22-40

 

average

26

28

25

25

27

GPA

average

3.9

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.8



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Application Information

Counselling Psychology Student Handbook

MEd Supplementary Application Form 

PhD Supplementary Application Form  

How To Apply

Program Deadlines

General Admission Requirements & Criteria

Graduate Student Services 

Please direct admissions questions, program inquiries, etc., to edpygrad@ualberta.ca

Director of Training

Dr. Derek Truscott
derek.truscott@ualberta.ca

Program Coordinator

Dr. Jessica Van Vliet
jvanvliet@ualberta.ca

Program Staff

Dr. Bill Hanson
Dr. Denise Larsen
Dr. Noorfarah Merali
Dr. Rebecca Hudson Breen
Dr. Phillip Sevigny
Dr. Derek Truscott
Dr. Jessica Van Vliet
Dr. Bill Whelton
Dr. Sophie Yohani

Clinical Supervisor

Dr.Kevin Wallace


*Please note that when selecting an academic supervisor, you may visit the Faculty page to view all our professors to find a suitable match for your research interests.