Master of Arts (Counselling and Guidance)

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    Counselling and guidance are evolving to meet the needs of individuals in schools and communities to improve their understanding, adjustment, and daily functioning across the lifespan. The roles of counsellors are notably complex and multifaceted. The challenges and demands in the quality of the counselling and guidance services offered in the educational and community settings are also increasing. Hence, counsellors need to be reflective about their own practices and ways to enhance their competencies in these areas.

    The Master of Arts (Counselling and Guidance) programme is specially designed to equip counselling graduates with skills and knowledge in various counselling core areas to maximise counsellor's level of functioning and the capacity to conduct research. The programme emphasises a developmental perspective, focusing on issues pertinent to providing counselling and guidance services and programme development. The counsellors' personal and professional growth and development; appreciation of diversity and demonstration of understanding ethical and legal issues are also emphasised. The practicum allows application of theories and techniques leading to effective individual and group counselling.

    This rigorous, informative and structured training programme is a course-work oriented professional degree that is designed to prepare new entrants into the fields of counselling and guidance as highly competent and caring counsellors. It is also designed to enhance and upgrade the knowledge and skills of counsellors at a master's level and to prepare those who may wish to pursue a doctoral education later.

  • You must have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally recognised university preferably with Honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

    Only applicants who have the suitable personal attributes and aptitude for the counselling profession with potential to contribute to the community will be considered. Preference will be given to those who have the relevant counselling work experience or majored in related fields such as education, psychology and social work. Completed application forms will be reviewed and shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an admission interview with the faculty panel.

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

  • The Master of Arts (Counselling and Guidance) is a professional degree which comprises 42 Academic Units (AUs). Students may opt to complete the programme under the Practice Track or Practice-Research Track. The Practice Track comprises 12 courses of 3 AUs each (inclusive of 10 core courses and 2 elective courses) and clinical instruction (2 practica of 3 AUs each). Students who wish to strengthen their skills and knowledge in research may opt to do a Research Project (3 AUs) in place of an elective course, subject to approval.

    The core areas have been identified as the essential competency areas for counsellors by Council for the Accreditation of Counselling and other Related Educational Programmes (CACREP) in USA, and the Singapore Association for Counselling. For clinical instruction, a total of 400 hours (100 hours of face to face and 100 hours of associated services for each practicum) is required. Students can start their full-time or part-time practicum after the completion of 5 specified courses.

    Important note for matriculated students:
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • The Master of Arts (Counselling and Guidance) is offered on both full-time and part-time basis.

    The candidature periods are as follows:



    1.5 years


    2 years



    3 years


    4 years

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There is generally only one intake for this programme, in August. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in November/December to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applications may be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

    Please note that this programme is not applicable for graduate teachers from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore seeking PDCM-Master’s Degree sponsorship.  More details can be found here.

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    • E-mail:
      Tel: 6592 8208
      (for issues such as admissions and application)

    • Programme Leader: Dr Lee Boon Ooi
      (for specific academic issues relating to the programme)