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 centres, such as the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Methodist Centre (Counselling & Integrated Employment Service), Hong Kong Youth Women’s Christian Association, Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service and Family Matters Consultancy, in collaboration with NGOs and community colleges

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 qualified counsellors.

The programme comprises 30 credit points (cps).

  Credit Points
Core Courses 

Specialist Courses

24 (4cps/ course)


Practicum Training

6 (3cps/ course)

Total 30


# Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University.  Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

Applicants should normally: 

  • 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 

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfill 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.
Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview or a test.

The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$120,000  which is provisional and subject to adjustment.

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

This programme is under “the Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master’s Degree Programmes)” hosted by the Education Bureau. The Scholarship is open for application from 5 to 19 June 2017.

For further information, please visit Education Bureau’s website.