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The Degree of Master of Counselling Studies
These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
1. Admission to the Master of Counselling Studies requires that the candidate will:
(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified;
(b) have been awarded or qualified for either:
(i) the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance); or
(ii) the Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (Rehabilitation Counselling); or
(iii) an approved equivalent qualification; and:
(c) have achieved at least a B grade average across all courses in the qualifying programme of study;
(d) have satisfied the Academic Board that they have sufficient background of professional experience to be likely to successfully engage in the programme.
(e) meet the requirements for registration as a counsellor as set down by the New Zealand Association of Counsellors in terms of good character and fitness to be a counsellor.
2. Admission to the qualification will be granted or withheld on consideration of the admission requirements specified under Regulation 1, a police vetting report and a selection process that may include a written application, interview, and practical exercises as may be determined by the College Pro Vice-Chancellor or their delegate.
3. Candidates for the Master of Counselling Studies shall follow a fixed programme of study, which shall consist of:
(a) courses totalling at least 120 credits as specified in the Schedule to the degree.
(b) attending workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required;
(c) completion of supervised practice as specified in the requirements for the Professional Development in Counselling I and Professional Development in Counselling II courses.
4. There are no specialisations for this degree.
5. The degree shall be awarded on the basis of the whole examination which shall include the evaluation of the separate courses and of the research project, with the proviso that all components shall be at least of pass standard.
6. A candidate may be permitted to revise an unsatisfactory Research Project and to resubmit it for assessment on one occasion.
7. The Master of Counselling Studies is not awarded with honours, distinction or merit.
8. Candidates must maintain their eligibility for registration with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors in terms of good character and fitness to be a counsellor, throughout the duration of their enrolment in the programme.
9. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.
10. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.
11. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.
Schedule for the Master of Counselling Studies
Compulsory courses (120 credits from)
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Last updated on Thursday 27 October 2022