Pathway 1: Entry Requirements to Master of Counselling (Advanced)

Applicants should possess a recognised Bachelor degree, and be at least 25 years old.

Pathway 2: Entry Requirements with Academic Credit Policy

Applicants should possess a recognised Bachelor degree, and relevant counselling degrees or its equivalence. (Diploma/Degree in Counselling)

Pathway 3: Entry Requirements to Graduate Certificate of Counselling

Students who are at least 25 years old, and not Bachelor degree holders, but who have substantial experience as defined by the Swinburne University of Technology University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) criteria, can be admitted into Stage 1, the Graduate Certificate of Counselling Programme.

The term substantial experience is defined as relevant work experience in the human services or educational setting, in nursing, para-counselling, assistant social work, human resources, and work within helping voluntary organizations. A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience is required for a person holding a Certificate (comparable to ‘O’ Levels), six (6) years for a person holding a Victorian Certificate of Education (comparable to ‘A’ levels), and five (5) years for a person holding a Diploma.

Such applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and subjected to the decision of the Clinical and Academic Director of ECTA, and approved by the Academic Leader of the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design Swinburne University of Technology.


Applicant who do not possess at least 4 GCE "O" Level Credits, including for English Language are invited to attempt the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and must attain an overall band score of at least 6.5 points.


Applicant must be either a Singapore Citizen, or Singapore Permanent Resident, or have a valid Work Permit, or valid Dependent Pass.


All applicants will be assessed for suitability through:

(a) a face-to-face interview;
(b) submission of an essay of 200 words explaining why they have chosen to pursue a counselling programme, and what they intend to do with the qualifications attained; and
(c) submission of one (1) character reference where the referee identified should have a good knowledge of the applicant’s character and personality.

Granting of academic credit policy may be granted if applicants can show documentary evidence that their qualifications are equivalent to the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Counselling of the Swinburne University of Technology. Swinburne University of Technology will only grant advance standing not more than 50% of the two (2) years Master degree programme.

For more information on Advance Standing, please visit Swinburne University of Technology's Academic Credit Policy website at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/about/leadership-governance/policies-regulations/policies/academic-credit/


If students perform satisfactorily in Stage 1, they can be admitted into Stage 2, the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Students who continue to perform satisfactorily in Stage 2, will be admitted into Stage 3, the Master of Counselling (Advanced).

Both Stages 1 and 2 are part of the Master of Counselling (Advanced).