The counselling field has grown in tandem with changes in our society as we respond to the challenges of Singapore’s economic growth and development. Singapore University of Social Sciences launched its bachelor degree counselling programme, the first offered by a local university, in 2007.

Since then, there has been a clarion call for more advanced training, at the graduate level. To fulfil the aspirations for further specialised education in counselling and to stay relevant and robust in the field. The University now offers the Master of Counselling (MCOU) programme.

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (cu) with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to graduate with a Master of Counselling. The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 30 cu of Core Courses
  • 20 cu of Electives courses
  • 10 cu of Applied Research Project (can be replaced with two elective courses)

Students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (cu) with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to graduate with a Master of Counselling Specialising in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT). The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 30 cu of Core courses
  • 20 cu of CFT core courses
  • 10 cu of CFT elective courses

Students without prior training in counselling are required to complete pre-requisite courses (PRCOU) to prepare them for the intensive MCOU curriculum. In addition, there will be a supervised practicum of 180 hours, a requirement for PRCOU students that equips students with practical counselling experience. The practicum may be completed during the course of the MCOU programme.

Core Modules

  • COU492 Supervised Practicum
  • COU501 Clinical Assessment in Counselling
  • COU503 Ethics and Skills in Multicultural Counselling
  • COU505 Research and Evaluation in Counselling
  • COU507 Couple and Family Therapy
  • COU509 Integrative Approaches to Counselling
  • COU555 Behaviour Therapy


  • COU511 Clinical Supervision in Counselling & Systemic Therapy
  • COU551 Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • COU553 Gerontological Counselling
  • COU557 Theories and Practice in Addiction Counselling
  • COU559 Crisis Intervention
  • COU561 Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies
  • COU563 Theories and Techniques in Career Counselling
  • COU567 Theory and Practice of Group Counselling
  • COU688 Applied Research Project in Counselling
  • HDS501 Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
  • RSS503 Statistics and Data Analysis
Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in the English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR)* if your undergraduate degree is not awarded by an English-medium university, or your undergraduate degree is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English.

* at least an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 85 (internet-based), or a PTE Academic score of 58, or C1 Advanced score of 180 [score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application].

Applicants with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium university must produce an official letter from the university to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road
Singapore 599494

Tel: +65 6248 9777