Our Master of Guidance and Counselling degree is designed for teachers who are interested in qualifying as school guidance counsellors, and others who wish to pursue professional careers in Counselling as well as those with experience in the human resource sector who would like to develop highly effective interpersonal skills at work generally.

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) in Australia and in Singapore by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), giving graduates the ability to pursue careers in both countries as well as internationally.

This program is available to Singapore citizens, Singapore PR or Dependant Pass Holders

Programme Structure

3 trimesters per year | take 1-2 subjects per trimester

Students are required to complete 12 subjects (36 credit points) based on availability and scheduling.

8 Core Subjects (24 credit points)

  • Foundations of Counselling Theory
  • Foundations of Counselling Practice
  • Advanced Counselling
  • Assessment
  • Atypical Development
  • Career and Leisure Guidance & Counselling
  • Reflective Practice Research in Guidance & Counselling
  • Practicum in Guidance and Counselling


4 subjects (12 credit points) from the following

  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Behaviour Management
  • Educational Leadership
  • Individual Researched Action Project
Admission Requirements
  • Completion of a cognate, three year Bachelor Degree. Cognate disciplines including: education, psychology, social work, law, health or career development.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants may be admitted to the course if they submit other evidence of academic and professional attainments and their candidature is approved.

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6.5
    (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 86 (no component less than 21) / Pearson PTE Academic 58 (no
    component less than 54); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards
    within the last two years on a case-by-case basis
Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

James Cook University (Singapore Campus)
149 Sims Drive
Singapore 387380

Tel: +65 6709 3888