Admission directly into the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy requires: 

  • An Australian Bachelors degree (AQF level 7) in a related discipline (e.g., teaching, social work, psychology or counselling) with a minimum weighted average mark of 70. 
  • Prospective students who have an Australian Bachelors degree in a non-relevant discipline must enrol in the Graduate Diploma course first to assess their suitability (with a pathway to progress into the Masters course). 
  • Applicants with a non-related qualification are encouraged to undertake Cairnmillar’s Counselling Skills Foundational and Intermediate professional development and training courses, to establish a baseline competency of counselling skills. Please note, the need to undertake one or both short courses will be discussed in an Admissions Interview, should your application be progressed. 

International applicants please see (International students page) and (FAQs). 

Documentation required in the application: 

  • Most recent academic transcript(s). 
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (resume). 
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g., passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate). 
  • Two references, preferably at least one academic, using the HODSPA reference system.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview with members of Cairnmillar’s academic faculty. This provides applicants an opportunity to discuss any questions they may have about the course.