Master of Counselling, Site-based (Canada)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the MOC delivered online?
The counseling profession is characterized by solid personal relationships. As such, our classes are taught face-to-face by full time Gonzaga University professors and adjunct professors, many of whom are resident Canadians. We are committed to bringing students a model of excellence both in content, direct feedback, and delivery. Professional candidates are expected to meet competency standards in technology.
What is a cohort?
A cohort is approximately 20 students, forming an increasingly cohesive and non-competitive group. The faculty engender open communications systems, characterized by forthrightness and courage in all facets of program-related work. Many assignments are collaborative, making effective teamwork essential to success. When conflict arises, cohort members are encouraged to work directly with each other for resolution.
The cohort remains together as a group from the beginning to the end of the program. This is an ideal opportunity for practitioners to form close professional networks to rely on throughout a career in counseling.
What's involved in the application for admission to the MOC?
In addition to standard graduate admissions requirements, the faculty hold comprehensive interviews to screen potential candidates. Our interview process occurs on-site as part of EDCE 525, Introduction to Canadian Counselling, a prerequisite course taught prior to final admissions decisions (usually in late May). Final admissions decisions will be made after completion of the intro course.
The range of life experiences and education backgrounds of our students contributes to the rich diversity of our cohorts and this we value highly. As scientist-practitioners, we also honor the rich traditions and knowledge bases of the psychology profession. Although a bachelor's degree in psychology is not a pre-requisite for admission to the site-based Master of Counselling program, it is highly recommended. For applicants without said degree, a reading list will be provided and students must pass a knowledge-base competency exam prior to advancement to candidacy. Contact the Counselor Education department at 1-800-533-2554 or 509-313-3501 for more information.
Is a bachelor's degree in psychology a pre-requisite for admission to the program?
Although a bachelor's degree in psychology is not a pre-requisite for admission to the site-based Master of Counselling program, it is highly recommended. For applicants without said degree, a reading list will be provided and students must pass a knowledge-base competency exam prior to advancement to candidacy. Contact the Counselor Education department at 1-800-533-2554 or 509-313-3501 for more information.
How often to the classes meet?
The first year is two full semesters, Fall and Spring, followed by a condensed third semester taken in early summer. Two classes are taken each semester, generally meeting every other weekend for 4 sessions each - or a total of 8 weekend sessions each semester. We attempt to honor both Canadian and US holidays in our schedule. A "weekend" consists of Friday night (5 - 9pm) and Saturday morning (8am - noon).
The second year of the program is structured similarly to the first, and includes the on-site Pre-practicum (Fall), and Practicum (Spring) experiences.
Is there a residency requirement?
Yes, there are two residencies. In the Summer, between year one and year two of your studies, there is a one month residency (usually July) on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane. While on campus you will take two of your classes with your cohort. Our past students have described their month of residency as one of the most challenging and most rewarding experiences of their lives.
At the close of your second year, you return to campus in Spokane for a final one week residency. At this time (usually in late-May) you will attend and participate in your final Professional Seminar (ProSem) with your cohort and professor. Following the ProSem, you will have your Comprehensive Oral Examination in which you present your Personal Theory of Counseling paper.
Will I be able to keep my job? Stay connected to my family?
Our MOC program is designed so that students are able to maintain their lives and well-being in addition to attending graduate school on a full time basis. When it happens that a student must travel some distance to attend classes with their cohort (and this is not at all uncommon), it is the responsibility of each student to make arrangements with their place of employment so that they can be in full attendance at classes. All of the faculty place the highest value on family and relationships- as well as in maintaining mental health. Your commitment to graduate study at this level takes time and energy. As such, you can count on our understanding and support.
When should I make my application to the MOC?
If you are interested, we encourage you to get your application started right away. Currently, we are offering admission to prospective students who have completed successfully all aspects of their application. Earlier is better since we do have a limited number of positions in each cohort. At the point that a cohort has been filled, we still take applications- but there is an understanding that, if the application is indeed successful, one's name may be placed as an alternate on our wait list.
I have other questions.
We encourage you to contact the Graduate Admissions office for information or clarification on admissions and other questions you may have.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!