Master of Guidance and Counselling

Make a lasting impact on the lives of others by developing the skills to support the social and emotional welfare of people and communities. Gain practical experience in advanced counselling methods and learn how to design, plan, and ethically implement professional guidance programs in a variety of contexts.

Flexible study options

Study online or on campus

Enhance your expertise

Build the skills to progress your career

Work internationally

Qualify to practice in Australia and Singapore


This course requires some on-campus attendance by online students.


  • Online: February, July
  • Townsville: February, July




+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

^estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


1.5 years full-time

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor in cognate discipline

Course Code


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Real stories

  • Student of Master of Guidance and Counselling


    Garrett McKenzie

    Master of Guidance and Counselling

    Working within a wellbeing role already, I am now able to better understand students and their behaviour to support them more effectively in the classroom. Some of the best school leaders I’ve worked with have a Masters of Guidance and Counselling and are some of the greatest and most inspiring leaders in their fields.

  • Studied Master of Guidance and Counselling


    Irna Spigariol

    Master of Guidance and Counselling

    The course prepared me fully for my new career and I have gained my first position as a Guidance Officer in The Torres Strait Islands. As a first generation Australian from a minority background, I hope to assist other students who have had adversity in their lives, to stretch their success and lead fulfilling lives.

  • Dr Margaret-Anne Carter.

    Course Coordinator

    Dr Margaret-Anne Carter

    Master of Guidance and Counselling

    Our Master of Guidance and Counselling course takes an integrative approach to counselling theory and practice, combining industry-relevant skills with practice-based experiences.

  • Colette Wasson


    Colette Wasson

    Director, Human Resources Business Partnering, Education Queensland

    The Department of Education finds JCU students to be equipped with the knowledge, skill set and willingness to make a difference in Queensland State Schools. Graduates leave JCU with a well-rounded ability to succeed in the classroom, while also stepping outside their comfort zone to begin their professional careers.