MEd in Counselling Psychology (CP13)

ECPS This program is offered by the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education. Learn more about ECPS programs.

Kelowna Cohort Program

  • IMPORTANT:  Please read the Apply section and ensure you apply to the correct program:  “EPLT – M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology Kelowna – CP13

A three-year cohort program for working professionals in Kelowna and surrounding districts.

Are you interested in:

  • Helping students overcome obstacles and develop strategies to live up to their highest potential?
  • Helping your school district respond to the growing need for School Counsellors?
  • Advancing your career by completing UBC’s internationally recognized 48-credit M.Ed. program?
  • Participating in a program that incorporates small-group clinical experience (one day or evening per week during the second year) in addition to a practicum experience?
  • Building relationships and interacting with colleagues as part of a community of learners?

When this program is completed you will be able to work with a variety of issues concerning adults and adolescents as well as keeping current with ethical issues in the field of counselling psychology.

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You may apply for this program before completing the “Basic Interviewing Skills (CNPS 362)” prerequisite.  This course will be offered in the Okanagan in Summer 2013 to accommodate applicants who have not met this requirement. Review the prerequisite section.

Spring 2013 Information Sessions

Thursday, April 11 | 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
UBC Okanagan Campus | Map
3333 University Way
Engineering, Management & Education Building
Innovative Learning Centre (EME 1123)

Thursday, April 11 | 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
W.L. Seaton Secondary School | Map
2701 – 41 Avenue

Friday, April 12 | 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Skaha Lake Middle School | Map
110 Green Avenue

Recorded Webcast (October 2012)
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The UBC M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology consists of 48 credits of course work, typically completed in three years.

January-February 2014 Introduction to Theories of Counselling CNPS 365
March-May 2014 Counselling Adolescents CNPS 514
May-June 2014 Career Counselling – online (6 week class) CNPS 363
July 2014 Group Counselling CNPS 564
September-December 2014 Individual & Family Counselling Theories and Interventions (Lecture) CNPS 578A
Individual & Family Counselling Theories and Interventions (Lab) CNPS 578B
January-June 2015 Small Group Clinic CNPS 588
January-March 2015 Research Methodology in Education (or equivalent) EDUC 500
April-May 2015 Ethics CNPS 586
July 2015 Career Counselling CNPS 574
September-December 2015 Practicum (plus class every 2/3 weeks) CNPS 598
January-April 2016 Practicum (continued) CNPS 598
February-June 2016 Psychological Assessment in Counselling CNPS 532
July 2016 Program Evaluation CNPS 584


  • Research Methodology in Education (EDUC 500) or Introduction to Research in Education (EPSE 481), or equivalent, must be taken at any time during the first two years of the program.
  • Courses and schedule are subject to change.

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • Acceptance by the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 76% on all senior-level credits.
  • Three academic letters of reference, one of which must be froma professor, that speaks to your ability to undertake graduate work and your appropriateness for this program.
  • A letter of intent stating your career goals, your background, and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • A minimum of three years of experience working in a helping capacity with children, adolescents, or adults.  Preference will be given to applicants with sustained, relevant work experience.

In addition, you must meet the prerequisites.


  • CNPS 362 – Basic Interviewing Skills (see below).
  • Completion of a three-credit course in learning and a three-credit course in abnormal psychology. Equivalency information is available here.

CNPS 362 | Basic Interviewing Skills

We are accepting applications for the cohort program from those who have not yet completed this prerequisite, and will be offering a section of CNPS 362 in the Okanagan in Summer 2013 to allow those individuals to complete the course before the M.Ed. cohort begins.

Please note this section is not open for general registration.

CNPS 362 | basic interviewing skills
Location UBC Okanagan Campus
Room TBA
Instructor Sandra Wiens
Time 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Dates June 22–July 18, 2013
Program Schedule June 22 (Saturday)
July 2–5 (Tuesday–Friday)
July 8–10 (Monday–Wednesday)
July 15–18 (Monday–Thursday)
course materials
  • The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping
    Gerard Egan, Professor Emeritus, Loyola University of Chicago
    ISBN13: 978-0-17-644942-1 © 2009 1st Canadian Edition
  • Students may order this book from the UBC Okanagan Bookstore.


Current UBC students should contact Dave Roy for registration.

Visiting and Unclassified Students

All non-UBC students wishing to take the course for credit must first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education through the Teacher Education Office as unclassified students. See the Teacher Education Office website for details.

Please note
To avoid delays in processing, include the following in Part C of the application:

  • Check the box marked Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE)
  • In the blank space directly underneath include the course number and section CNPS 362 96A


Tuition & Fees

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Application Deadline:  August 31, 2013

Note: For a complete explanation on how to prepare and submit your application package, please listen to our recording.

In addition to your online application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC).
  • Three letters of reference. References must be submitted electronically; you fill in the referee’s email address when completing the online application, and an email will be sent automatically to your referee with a link and instructions for submission.
  • Resumé and a one-page letter of intent (of approx. 600 words) indicating how you think this program will contribute to your work in this field (if you did not complete that in the online application).

You must apply for this program on-line; please PRINT this page and refer to it when you are making your application, paying particular attention to the exact wording for the program you are applying for.

IMPORTANT: If you apply to the wrong program, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will not refund your application fee, or transfer or cancel your application, so please ensure you select the appropriate program or you will have to re-apply and pay an additional application fee.

  • Go to
  • Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions.
  • When you are ready to apply, click on “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and click on “Create Your Account” (unless you have already begun your application, in which case you should “Login”).
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application” and then click on “Start a Completely New Application”.
  • Under “Degree” choose “Master of Education” in the pulldown menu.
  • Under “Program” you must choose “EPLT – M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology Kelowna – CP13
  • Proceed with your application as instructed.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” for the application to work.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • Three letters of reference. References must be submitted electronically; you fill in the referee’s email address when completing the online application, and an email will be sent automatically to your referee with a link and instructions for submission.
  • We need sealed transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended, whether or not they issued you a degree, except UBC. If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number and we will print your transcript.
  • If you have transcripts, please enclose or fax us photocopies, including the transfer key(s) on the reverse of the page (604-822-2015). We can make a quick adjudication of your eligibility even before all of your official documents arrive. Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts.
  • Send everything – EVERYTHING – to the attention of David Roy at UBC Faculty of Education (PDCE), 1304-2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4. The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are sent to other locations on this huge campus.

Please contact David Roy (604-822-3622, or toll-free in North America at 1-888-492-1122) if you are having problems with the application process.

The total fee for this program is $23,237.88, plus applicable student fees.  Program fees will be paid in a minimum of nine (9) instalments of $2,581.99 payable in April, September, and January of each year.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change.  Historically, this change has been a 2% increase per year (beginning in May).