CNPS Application Information

Selection Criteria

Selection among applicants who have met the basic criteria will be based on:

  • academic and professional promise.
  • personal integrity and suitability for a counselling psychology career.
  • the availability of space in the applicant’s declared area of interest (for Masters applicants) and the availability of supervisory expertise in the applicant’s declared area of research (for Doctoral applicants).
  • the Department is committed to an admissions policy of reserving 50% of its Masters program places for qualified applicants who have teaching certification.
  • the Department admits students on the basis of merit and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas.

How To Apply

M.A. and M.Ed. applicants must complete a hard copy of the CNPS Supplementary Application Form.

Admission to Master's programs in Counselling Psychology is based on the following criteria:

Academic Qualifications

Applicants to Master's programs must have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree. These are most typically Bachelor of Education (4 or 5 years) or Bachelor of Arts (4 year) degrees.

An overall average of 76% of senior course work is required.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All M.A. applicants are required to complete the GRE with a minimum score of 153 Verbal, 144 Quantitative, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing. M.A. applicants for whom English is not their primary language should write the GRE but inform the Admission Committee of this fact.

The GRE is no longer required for the M.Ed. applicants.

Testing information may be obtained from the following centres:

  • Cambridge College – 604-438-7246
  • Educational Testing Services at 1-609-771-7670
  • National Registration Centre 1-800-967-1100 (information regarding GRE format,
    practice exams, and test booking).
  • GRE website http://www.gre.org or
  • www.promeric.com

Relevant Work Experience

Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience in jobs that involve working in a helping capacity with children, adolescents and/or adults.

This requirement can also be met through volunteer work experience although preference will be given to applicants who have sustained, relevant work experience.

References

Upon receipt of application forms, we will send an electronic letter of reference form to the named referees for them to complete electronically. These letters should be from academic instructors and/or professional supervisors (senior teachers, counsellors, administrators, psychologists) supporting the applicant's academic competence, personal integrity, and his/her ability to work well with people.

Please note that you must submit all application information if you are re-applying to the program.

Other Useful Information

Admissions information sessions are scheduled in the fall and spring. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to submitting their application. See our events page for the next scheduled admissions information session.

The admissions committee members review all the above evidence in evaluating academic and clinical potential. For example, a strong grade point average and a good GRE performance will support a positive judgment of academic potential. A strong grade in CNPS 362 and excellent references attesting to the applicant's interpersonal abilities will support a positive judgment of counselling potential.

Program Duration

For both full-time and part-time students: the masters program must be completed within 5 years. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may apply for an extension from 4 to 12 months.

Applicants must satisfy the general academic requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and have completed a thesis-based master's degree equivalent to the CNPS M.A. in counselling (or its equivalent) with an overall grade average of at least 80%. Applicants are also required to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, and, if applicable, the TOEFL test.

  • A 1/2 hour audio visual digital MP4 format recording (submitted via DVD or saved as a video file on a CD-R disk) demonstrating their counselling skills
  • Graduate Record Examination (general) test score
    Testing information may be obtained from the following centres:Graduate Records Exam (GRE):

    • Cambridge College – 604-438-7246
    • Educational Testing Services at 1-609-771-7670
    • National Registration Centre 1-800-967-1100 (information regarding GRE format,
      practice exams, and test booking).
    • GRE website http://www.gre.org or
    • www.promeric.com
  • A hard copy of the CNPS Supplementary Application Form (Ph.D.)

Please note that you must submit all application information if you are re-applying to the program.

Mandatory Criminal Record Checks

All students MUST undergo a criminal record check (CRC) before commencing CNPS 588 (normally at the start of year two). CRC paperwork can take up to 6 weeks after submission of the appropriate fee and documentation. Therefore, all students must initiate this process no later than May 31st of the year in which they are planning to take CNPS 588.

Deliver the original, signed hard copies to the Program Area Assistant. Faxed copies are not acceptable. If you are from a country other than Canada, you are required to contact the appropriate authorities and have the check completed in your home country. If this is the case, please inform our Director of Clinics and Practica, Dr. Colleen Haney.

If you’ve completed a CRC within the last twelve months, submit a copy of your clearance to the Program Area Assistant.

Learn more information about Criminal Record Checks.

General departmental graduate application details are outlined on our main prospective students resource page.