MEd in Counselling Psychology (MVR6)

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

Focus on Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling

This cohort has been cancelled.

If you are interested in applying for this program, and would like to know the next intake date, send an email to Yvette Kharoubeh.

Program Description

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The UBC M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology (focus on Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling) offers an evidence-informed, state of the art, interactive, and engaging graduate program.

The program includes face-to-face orientation and one 3-week course on campus in July 2013, and another 3-week course in July 2014. Clinical training is also face-to-face and it can be provided at UBC associated sites for BC students and closer to home for students outside of BC.  Most courses are online.

Additional program information can be found on the Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education website.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling (VRC) program was founded with generous support from The Great-West Life Assurance Company and WorkSafe BC and is also endorsed by Healthcare Benefit Trust. Read more.

The VRC program is developing a collaborative relationship with the University of Calgary’s Community Rehabilitation Program. Graduates of the University of Calgary’s Community Rehabilitation Program are welcome to apply. Read more.

NOTE: Admission into the blended online face-to-face VRC program does not act as a back-door for admission to on-campus counselling programs.

MVRC Videos


Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | 4:00-5:30pm

This is a 48-credit program. The proposed schedule is as follows:

Summer 1 Individual and Family Counselling & Theories (3-cr) CNPS 578B
Winter 1 Issues in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling (3-cr) VRHC 501
Winter 1 Theory & Interventions 1 (3-cr) CNPS 578A
Winter 2 Psychosocial & Vocational Aspects of Disability (3-cr) VRHC 512
Winter 2 Medical Aspects of Disability (3-cr) VRHC 502
Elective (3-cr): CNPS 545 or CNPS 534 or CNPS 594, or Trauma or Addiction (if these courses are available).
Summer 1 Ethics in Counselling Psychology (3-cr) CNPS 586
Summer 2 Group Counselling (3-cr) CNPS 564
Winter 1 Psychological Assessment in Counselling (6-cr) CNPS 532A
Winter 1-2 Supervised Training in Counselling (6-cr) CNPS 588C
Summer 1 Research Methodology in Education (3-cr) EDUC 500
Winter 1 Review of Research in Educational Methods (3-cr) CNPS 508
Winter 1-2 Field Experience (6-cr) VRHC 508

There are significant clinical practica courses in Year 2 and Year 3 of the program. The clinical courses can be done with a qualified supervisor with a recognized Master’s degree at your location. We are continuing to develop the capacity to provide clinical experience for students at a greater distance.

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

  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits or at least 12 credits of third or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of intended graduate study.
  • Three recommendations from educators and administrators that speak to your engagement with disability issues, counselling and rehabilitation.
  • Resumé and a 600-word statement of career aspirations, indicating how you think this program (along with your current education and experience) can help you achieve them.
  • You are encouraged to submit additional information regarding professional or volunteer employment experience, publications, or awards which you feel should be taken into account in considering your application. If you have been out of university for more than two years, this information is mandatory.


  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 300)
  • Career Counselling (CNPS 363)
  • Introduction to Theories of Counselling (CNPS 365)
  • Basic Interviewing (CNPS 362)
    • Please send CNPS 362 (Basic Interviewing) video tapes to:
      Dr. Daniluk
      Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education
      University of British Columbia
      2522 – 2125 Main Mall
      Vancouver, BC   V6T 1Z4

UBC prerequisite courses are in brackets; view approved prerequisites.

These prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of this program and are available as online courses at UBC, with the exception of CNPS 362 and PSYC 300(A). Click here to search for course availability at UBC. For other online options you may wish to view the course calendar at Athabasca University.

If the coursework you completed is not listed on the UBC website as an official approved prerequisite course, you may apply, on an individual basis, to have your past coursework reviewed to determine if it meets the criteria for prerequisite course work.

In such cases, in addition to the transcript(s) already received, the Admissions Committee also requires that you send a copy of the relevant past course outlines, with an indication as to the course prerequisite for which you are submitting it.

Application for approved prerequisites should be sent together with your application to the program. For further information about approved prerequisites, please visit the following link:

In addition to your on-line application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC)
  • Three (sealed) letters of reference. It is strongly recommended that references be submitted electronically (by filling in the referee’s email address when completing the online application). If you wish to submit references by mail, the form is available here.
  • A resumé
  • A one page statement indicating how you think this program will contribute to your work in this field (if you did not complete that in the online application)
  • Supplementary Form

You must apply for this program on-line. Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions.  Also 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 $93.00 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 “PDCE MED Counselling Psychology – MVR6”.
  • 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.


  • 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 (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 PDCE (Attention: Yvette Kharoubeh, UBC Faculty of Education, 1304-2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4). The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are at other locations on this huge campus.
  • It is preferred that references are submitted electronically:  when you submit your application, include the referee’s email address. This will generate an automatic email which contains a link to a site where your referee can enter his/her reference, and then submit it. They can type as much as they want, despite the apparent size of the text box. This link will only be available when your application is submitted. If you plan on having your referee(s) submit a reference by mail, please leave the email address blank on the application.
  • If you decide to submit any or all of your references by hard copy you can download the reference form for this program here. A letter can take the place of the reference form but it must answer the questions posed in the reference form. The reference form is designed for professors to fill out. If your referee is not a professor, please ask him or her to write about your ability to successfully complete a graduate degree in this particular focus.
  • IMPORTANT: the reference letters must be received here in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature written across the sealed envelope flap.
  • NOTE: Admission into the blended online-face-to-face MVRC program does not act as a back-door for admission to on-campus counselling programs.

Program tuition will be paid in a minimum of nine (9) installments, payable in April, September, and January of each year. For current information on tuition and student fees, please log in to the Student Service Centre.

To find out what it costs to take one of our graduate programs, please refer to the list of programs accepting applications.