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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Master of Counselling

Are you passionate about helping people? Do you have an innate need to give back to your fellow human? If so, you should consider a Master of Counselling from The University of Notre Dame Australia. This fully-accredited program, which can be completed over two years of full-time study, combines classroom-based study with hands-on practical counselling experience in the real world.

Why study this degree?

Our Master of Counselling is an innovative program which has been designed for graduates who would like to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies required for counselling practice. Fully accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, the program is made up of a combination of coursework, practical components.

The Master of Counselling is based on the scientist/practitioner model and incorporates a significant practice component off Campus. This means that in addition to your coursework and research, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours at a counselling placement. Students are encouraged to complete more hours for their own training. Based on your client counselling experiences during your placement, you will also need to submit two case studies as part of your degree.

Campus Information

Sydney Campus

Our Sydney Campus is based across two sites – Broadway and Darlinghurst – both located in the vibrant social hub of the harbour city. The Broadway site is at the heart of Sydney’s uni precinct, a short walk from Central Station and close to Darling Harbour. Darlinghurst is situated to the east of the CBD, nestled in Sydney’s shopping and cafe district.


  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
GTE/Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must usually hold a first degree or equivalent in a related area and have completed a course in developmental psychology, or equivalent, as determined by the Dean.
  • An applicant who has not completed such a unit will usually be required to complete Notre Dame's Developmental Psychology course in the first semester of the Master of Counselling program.
  • Applicants will also be required to demonstrate a suitable degree of mature life experience, including self-awareness, a capacity to relate to others and an understanding of ethical behaviour. Admission also requires a selection interview with a member of the Counselling staff. At the interview the applicant will be required to demonstrate a suitable degree of mature life experience as defined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
  • Applications should be received at least one month prior to commencement. Postgraduate programs at the university are filled on a first-come first-served basis.