Master of Counselling, Site-based (Canada)



Mission Statement

The Master of Counselling program provides counsellor education for students reflecting ethical and cultural aspects of Canadian life with a focus on province-related needs and trends.


The program promotes the development of a solid knowledge base and strong clinical skills, while fostering personal growth and transformation.  Students are prepared to be ethical, competent, service-oriented mental health practitioners.

Site-based Offerings

The Master of Counselling (MOC) is site-based in Canada. For details on upcoming cohorts, contact the department at 1-800-533-2554 or 509-313-3501.  For scheduling, see the FAQ.

Cohort Structure

During the course of the two-year program, students attend classes in a group of colleagues that remain together. The cohort model fosters a learning environment focused on collaboration and communication.

Master of Counselling, Site-based (Canada)

This program offers preparation for professional counselors within community agencies, schools, and clinics in Canada. Candidates attain a core of competencies, with individualization taking place through supervised internship settings.


Emphasis is placed on translating theory and research from coursework to services for clients. A major focus of the program is the development and operationalization of the student's personal theory of counselling.

Notice for British Columbia Students and Public:

This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education effective June 2012, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the minister.  Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

The Master of Counselling degree does not lead to the Psychologist chartering (or registering) in the province of BC.  Specifically, one must have the PhD degree from a program approved by the College of BC psychologists.  The Master of Counselling degree does provide the basis for application to the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) for the Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) credential.

Information Specific to Alberta, Canada Cohort Students:

This program is offered pursuant to the written approval of the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology effective September 1, 2009, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Minister.  Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
714 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 25
Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-3501 OR (509) 313-2160
Fax: (509) 313-5964
johnsonc3@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/soe/counselored

Janice Huston
Program Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
Phone: (509) 313-3821
Fax: (509) 313-3491
hustonj@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad