Postgraduate Programme

Master of Arts in Educational Counselling

  • Extensive training in the theory and practice of counselling
  • 150 hours of supervised counselling practicum
  • Innovative approaches and strategies for addressing the needs of students in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions (e.g. community colleges)
  • Focus on the collaboration between school and community
  • Emphasis on the psychoeducational assessment and evaluation of counselling cases
  • An outreach model of learning; student practicum will be arranged in satellite counselling sites, such as Mong Kok Kai Fong Association Limited Chan Hing Social Service Centre, Wong Chuen King Student Development Centre of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Asbury Methodist Social Service, Windshield Charitable Foundation, Chinese YMCA College, Wong Tai Sin Catholic Primary School, in collaboration with NGOs, and primary and secondary schools.


Professionals in education and social services sectors who wish to embark on specialised training in educational counselling. The programme aims to help participants establish their professional membership in professional counselling associations, finally leading to the status of certified counsellors.


The programme comprises 30 credit points (cps).

  Credit Points
Core Courses 

Specialist Courses

24 (4cps/course)


Practicum Training

6 (3cps/course)

Total 30


The medium of instruction is mainly English. Chinese is adopted as the language of instruction for practicum training.

Applicants should: 

  • Hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree
  • Preferably have some background in the fields of education or guidance and counselling, in either the school or community setting 
  • Meet the English proficiency requirements of the University.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview or a test.

Applicants whose entrance qualifications were obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfil one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  1. IELTS 6.0; or
  2. Grade C or above in GCSE/GCE OL English; or
  3. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) ; or
  4. Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  5. Other equivalent qualifications.

The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$124,800.

Having worked as a primary school teacher for over 13 years, I value the chance to refresh myself through such an enriching programme.  Upon the completion of practicum, I have been involved in counselling programmes for single mothers, drug addicts, students with special educational needs and more.  It is a life-changing experience.

Miss Tina Kwok
Primary School Teacher
Alumna of MA(EC)


You are welcome to apply the programme online here


The part-time study mode of this programme is under the Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master’s Degree Programmes) hosted by the Education Bureau. The Scholarship for Teachers (2018/19) is open for application from 21 May to 15 June 2018.

Please visit website of Education Bureau for further information.