1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)
3 for local students
6 for non-local students
HK$160,500 per programme (HK$5,350 per credit) for local students
HK$196,500 per programme (HK$6,550 per credit) for non-local students
Dr Allen Dorcas
PhD, MPs, BSc
The Master of Arts in Guidance and Counselling aims to train teachers, social workers, guidance and counselling practitioners, human resource management personnel and those who are intended to offer counselling services to address the diverse needs of their clientele in Hong Kong.
The programme uniquely connects micro and macro perspectives in training guidance and counselling practitioners, who will then be able to design and implement a range of preventive, remedial and developmental programmes. Students can expect the opportunity to generate new theoretical and practical insights into improving current practices.
Upon completion of the programme, graduates can expect to have enhanced both their professional and personal growth and acquire advanced levels of counselling and guidance competencies.
We offer a flexible learning path. Students can choose their preferred subjects from a pool that is specially designed for guidance and counselling practitioners. They may complete this programme in 2 years, even on a part-time basis if they take additional subjects per semester. On completion of 21 credits (7 subjects), students can apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.
This programme has been fully accredited by the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA). Graduates are eligible to apply for their membership.
Graduates having taken Practice Option will fulfil 62.5 supervised practice hours recognised by HKPCA as its partial requirement for Certified Counsellor.
To be eligible for this award, students must complete 5 Required Core Subjects, 3 Elective Subjects, and pursue either the Practice Option or the Research Option.
Students who have successfully completed 21 credits including 5 Required Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects can exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling.
Core Areas of Study
Required Core Subjects (15 credits)
and then EITHER
Practice Option (6 credits)
Research Option (6 credits)
Elective Subjects (any 3 subjects - 9 credits)
The subjects offered may be altered at the discretion of the Department.
Please refer to the "Other Information" page for the details of the "Counselling Practicum".
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.
Preference will be given to applicants who are teachers, social workers, counsellors or human resources management personnel and who are involved in guidance work or related areas.
If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.
The Research Option requires students to take two subjects, Practice Research and Integrative Project, which provide them with the opportunity to undertake independent theoretical or empirical investigations on a self-selected topic related to guidance and counseling. This Option provides training in research methods, planning and implementing an investigation and academic writing. The research and literacy skills acquired strengthens the competence of students to pursue further research degrees.
This increases students’ competence in using appropriate research methods to analyse the processes and results of professional practice, to not only generate new knowledge for understanding the causes of human problems but also to improve professional practice.
Integrative Project is the signpost learning activity in the MAGC programme. Students conduct independent research/reviews on the topics they select in guidance and counseling that suit their learning objectives and interests. They can then implement their projects under the guidance of their supervisors, thus developing their experience in integrating the knowledge and skills acquired from various subjects in the programme, so they can then advance their scholarship in counseling practice.
Transcript / Certificate
Academic transcripts and graduation certificates are required
Applicant is required to submit, along with his/her application:
The above statement/write-up should be in English of not more than 1,000 words.
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