MEd in Counselling Psychology (MVR8)

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


Registration for the MVR8 cohort is closed. To learn more about our other cohorts, visit our Graduate Programs page.

Focus on Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling

NOTE: All courses involving clinical training are delivered in the face-to-face format, at UBC campus or in clinical settings. For further information, contact Dr. Izabela Schultz.

Program Description

The UBC MEd 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 2016, and another 3-week course in July 2017. 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.

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.

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Information Sessions

Meet the program advisor and find out more about applying to become a graduate student.

Let us notify you when we schedule information sessions.

Previous Sessions

Proposed Schedule

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

 Individual and Family Counselling & Theories (3-cr)
 Issues in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling (3-cr)
 Theory & Interventions 1 (3-cr) Summer on-campus course 
 Psychosocial & Vocational Aspects of Disability (3-cr)
 Medical Aspects of Disability (3-cr)
 Elective (3-cr)
 Ethics in Counselling Psychology (3-cr)
 Group Counselling (3-cr)  Summer on-campus course
 Research Methodology in Education (3-cr)
 Psychological Assessment in Counselling (6-cr)
 Supervised Training in Counselling (6-cr)
 Review of Research in Educational Methods (Job Search and Disability Management Counselling) (3-cr)
 Field Experience (6-cr)

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.

Application Requirements

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)

UBC prerequisite courses are in brackets.

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.

For further information on approved prerequisites, please visit the CNPS website.

Application Status: Closed
Application deadline: January 15


  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and either log in with your CWL or create a CWL if you have never attended UBC.
  • Once logged in, on the “Degree Program Selection,” type the 4-character cohort designation MVR8 or Counselling Psychology into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  • When you reach the “Experience & Interests” page of the application, please make sure you choose the appropriate program, as there may be more than one. It should include MVR8.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Declare & Submit”.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references would include your principal, vice-principal, or someone who has supervised you.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form). NOTE: Please see “Supporting Documents” below for more information on paper references.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.



Please have these ready to upload when you apply:

Transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), English language assessment report (if applicable), statement of intent, and an up-to-date resume must be uploaded to your application.

In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. Your reference will receive a link to a reference form that they should complete and send back to us.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation MVR8 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

The form is also available here.

importantIn addition to those uploaded to your online application, you must submit two (2) sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended (except UBC), even institutions where you did not complete a program to:

Karen Yan
Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
The University of British Columbia – Point Grey Campus
Neville Scarfe Building
2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4 | Canada


If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

Karen Yan

Graduate Program Assistant
Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education

Tuition & Fees

The 2015/16 fee for this program is $24,176.72, plus applicable student fees. Program fees will be paid in a minimum of nine (9) instalments of $2,686.31 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).


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