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MA Counseling Psychology

Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology)

 The Department of Psychology offers a two-year Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. The programme, which leads to registration as a counselling psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology (PBP) of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), is a full-time degree offered on the Kingsway campus (APK) in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. The language of instruction is English, and this is a contact-tuition programme. Because of coursework and lecture-attendance requirements, you will not be able to hold part-time or full-time employment. You will be registered as a student psychologist with the HPCSA. The first year consists of coursework, a minor dissertation, and practical placements. The second year requires you to serve as an intern psychologist at an HPCSA accredited programme or institution. All students must apply for and obtain this accredited internship position themselves. The Department will provide further information about this after you have been successfully selected and enrolled into the programme. To gain entrance into the programme, you must apply to the department for selection. Information and documentation is provided below.  

Applications for 2022





1 April 2021

9 July 2021 @ 12:00pm (midday) – strictly

16 – 20 August 2021


Please note you can only apply for CLINICAL or COUNSELLING - NOT BOTH

Please follow the following steps in order to apply:

  1. Apply online to study this course at UJ (Follow the "Study at UJ Apply" links on main webpage)
  2. Download the Application Guide AND the Department Application Form AND the Referee Report Form (links below)
  3. Complete the downloaded application form (following the instructions in the downloaded Application Guide). Please email completed form to   
  4. Ask your referee to complete the form and to send it directly to the Department of Psychology.


Documents needed for application:

  1. Application Guide - UJ 2022 Counselling MA
  2. Application Form - UJ 2022 Counselling MA
  3. Referee Form - UJ 2022 Counselling MA

    Further enquiries:

    Online Application Queries, please contact the Student Enrolment Centre on 011-559-4555;

    Student Enrolment Centre Online Chat:

    For course content queries, please contact   

    Departmental webpage -

    Referee reports must be sent by the referee to   

    Note: Admission into the MA (Counselling Psychology) programme is subject to a selection process. See Application Guide for selection process and selection criteria. 

    Please note that you can only apply for either Counselling or Clinical, not both.

    Disclaimer:  Should you not follow the UJ application process correctly, we will not be held responsible for incomplete or unprocessed applications.

Overview of the course

The MA (Counselling Psychology) degree provides trains student psychologists in line with the Department's vision. In this manner, the training aims to prepare counselling psychologists to be scientist-practitioners who are ethically astute and active critical thinkers. These psychologists must be keen to apply and be aware of community values, and must hold multidisciplinary awareness when working. A key consideration is to locate theoretical and practical understandings in an intersectional paradigm. The training has a participatory ethos where students engage dynamically and practically with facilitators and teachers who aim to incorporate innovative strategies and blended learning opportunities. 



The course currently provides the following modules:

  • Therapeutic Psychology: Individual Approaches
  • Therapeutic Psychology: Group Approaches
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology, Psychodiagnostics and Psychological Assessment
  • Integrated Professional Development

    In addition to the above students are required to complete a minor research dissertation.

Practical engagement

In 2021, the counselling psychology students are involved in providing services to PsyCAD and Helen Joseph Hospital, as well as the implementation of community projects.