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Top 7 Masters in Counselling in Singapore


Thinking of enrolling in masters in counselling? Well, there are a lot of colleges and universities in Singapore that offer masters in counselling, but which of them really is recognised by Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)?

Before we go into these schools, what is counselling first?

Well counselling, specifically counselling psychology is a special field which includes research and applied work in different domains such as counselling process and outcome, supervision and training, career development and counselling, prevention and health.

Among counselling psychologists, most often, they focus on assets, strengths, interactions between the person and environment, development in terms of education and career and intact personalities.

The different types of masters in counselling may vary accordingly with the specified fields and focus mentioned above. Here in this blog article, you will see different types of masters in counselling.

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The top masters in counselling programs we considered here are the ones that are recognised and accredited by the Singapore Association for Counselling.

This list is specifically based on the Top 7 masters in counselling listed in the association.

Why is it important to enrol in accredited programmes by Singapore Association for Counselling?

First, it is key to becoming a member of the reputable association.

Second, SAC’s aims and objectives include: promoting professional practice of counselling, development and advancement of professional counselling, promote and assist in research on counselling theories and practice, and higher standards in the profession.

They also organise, participate and provide conferences, workshops, exhibitions, business and social meetings that are useful for counselling career growth. These are important objectives aligned to further one’s career in counselling.

Third, there are connections, trainings and benefits from becoming a member of SAC. For instance, Social Service Tribe education requirements states that they prefer programmes recognised by SAC.

Hence in this blog article, I will give you primary details and masters in counselling requirements accredited by SAC.

7. Singapore University of Social Sciences, Master of Counselling

Course Background

SUSS Master in Counselling emphasise the balance in skills, practice orientation and academics, while also covering specialisation in various areas of counselling and training in supervisory skills. Moreover, the programme also have pre-requisite courses which help students without prior counselling training.

Fees: S$ 28,248.00 (Singapore Citizen/Permanent Residents); S$ 33,897.60 (Other Residents)

Duration: To be announced.

Masters in Counselling Requirements: Click here.

6. The Swinburne University of Technology at Executive Counselling and Training Academy Pte Ltd (ECTA), Masters of Counselling (Advanced)

Course Background

This Masters of Counselling (Advanced) programme is designed to teach students on how to apply counselling, psychotherapeutic and psychological theories at an advanced level. It also teaches students to implement various counselling approaches especially in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Family Therapy. The programme trains students to act as professional counsellors in accordance with ethical guidelines and professional boundaries, and to utilise a set of advanced interpersonal skills that emphasise in the processes of facilitation. Moreover, the programme also trains students to apply processes of self-monitoring, self-examination and self-awareness in terms of personal and professional development.

Fees: Click here.

Duration: 12 months

Masters in Counselling Requirements: Prerequisite – Completed Graduate Certificate of Counselling Graduate Diploma of Counselling 

5. TCA College, Masters of Arts in Counselling

Course Background

TCA College’s Masters of Arts in Counselling is a faith-based counsellor training programme designed to prepare its students both in public and private sector clinical practice. The programme’s curriculum is integrated with Christian values, beliefs and worldview paired with holistic approach to counselling. It also provides opportunities to delve into specific developments and trends in the field of counselling.

Fees: Unavailable

Duration: 5 years (Part-Time), 3 years (Full-Time)

Masters in Counselling Requirements:

  • Be a Christian believer with a genuine desire for Christian service
  • Be at least 25 years old on the date of admission
  • Have obtained a bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognised university/institution or bible school/college
  • Clear an admission interview
  • If you are an international applicant you must have obtained a minimum TOEFL score of 80(IBT)/550(PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 (or the equivalent).

4. Singapore Bible College, Master of Arts in Counselling

Course Background

The programme contains topics on Christianity, Theory and Practice Counselling, Human Development, Integration of Psychology and Theology, Therapy and Counselling Perspectives.

Fees: Unavailable

Duration: 2 years (Full-Time)

Masters in Counselling Requirements:

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised University or Bible College

English Language Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4 in ‘AO’ level General Paper or
  • TOEFL: 550 pts (or 80 iBT) or
  • IELTS: 6.0

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Endorsement by church leadership

3. Nanyang Technological University, Master of Arts (Counseling and Guidance)

Course Background

The programme is designed to train students in terms of major counselling theories, evidence-based practices, case documentation, ethical and legal issues, and research and programme evaluation skills in counselling. Moreover, students are also taught to adopt an integrated approach to counselling including counselling theories, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and multicultural therapeutic perspectives.

Fees: Masters by Coursework (MOE subsidised programmes), Masters by Coursework (Non-subsidised programmes)

Duration: 1.5 to 2 years (Full-time), 3 to 4 years (Part-Time)

Masters in Counselling Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally recognised university, for international applicants please click here.

2. Monash University, Master of Counselling (Kaplan)

Course Background

Monash Master of Counselling consists of contemporary theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy which develops the students’ appreciation for mental-health issues that arise across a person’s life span. It also includes different forms of counselling, while students are also trained for various counselling skills.

Fees: S$ 36,147.17

Duration: 12 to 24 months

Masters in Counselling Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any fields with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years relevant professional experience or
  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related fields with at least a credit (60%) average or
  • A Bachelor’s (honours) degree and/or graduate certificate and/or graduate diploma (or equivalent) in any field with at least a credit (60%) average

1. James Cook University, Master of Guidance and Counselling

Course Background

The programme is designed to provide students with advanced academic and practical training in the professional discipline of counselling. The programme consists of subjects such as Foundations of Counselling Theory and Practice, Advanced Counselling, Atypical Development, and various Guidance and Counselling subjects. 

Fees: S$ 38,520.00

Duration: 3 trimesters per year, 1-2 subjects per trimester

Masters in Counselling Requirements:

Entry Requirements

  • Initial completion of a cognate, three-year Bachelor Degree. A discipline is considered cognate if it places a significant emphasis on the development of people and interpersonal skills.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants may be admitted to the course if they submit other evidence of academic and/or professional attainments relevant to the field of Counselling – 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

There you go! I hope you can find the masters in counselling programme suitable for you!

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