Masters in Counselling

The programme covers all the main areas of study required of a professional counsellor.


The Masters in Counseling programme covers all the main areas of study required of a professional counsellor. It addresses issues in social psychology, developmental psychology, the helping relationship, testing and assessment, group work, research methodology, ethics in the helping profession, career guidance and development, and practical work.

The curriculum is structured according to the requirements of the Standards and Requirements of Training for Counsellors as set by the Malaysian Board of Counsellors.


Deadline Application
– Local: 30th September 2024
– International: 30th August 2024

Minimum: 2 years (Full-Time)
3 years (Part-Time)
Maximum: 6 years (for both)

HELP Damansara

including Application Fee, Registration Fee, Resources Fee (Full) and Tuition Fee (Full) RM 58,520

Course Code
(R2/762/7/0018) (01/28) (A6678)

Why study Masters in Counselling at HELP?

  • One of the largest psychology programmes in Southeast Asia with over 1000 students

  • A strong faculty of over 50 lecturers and graduate tutors

  • A facilitative and interactive programme that attracts top student achievers from all over Malaysia and around the world

  • A strong research culture and infrastructure supported by academic staff who are active international research

  • Opportunities for practical training through internships with over 300 organisations

  • Four Postgraduate programmes in psychology for full time students and working adults

  • A vibrant student life with active psychology student clubs, sporting events, psychology movie festivals and psychology research colloquiums

Programme Overview

Entry Requirements
Career Pathways

These are the subjects that you will take as part of the programme.

  • Subject Listing - Structure


    • MC-501 – Human Development Across The Lifespan
    • MC-502 – Social Diversity and Multicultural Counselling
    • MC-503 – Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • MC-504 – Theory and Practice of Career Counselling
    • MC-505 – Techniques and the Process of Counselling
    • MC-506 – Research Methods and Statistics
    • MC-507 – Group Process
    • MC-608 – Testing and Assessment
    • MC-609 – Career Information and Career Development
    • MC-610 – Marital and Family Counselling
    • MC-611 – Assessment of Individuals and Groups
    • MC-612 – Issues and Ethics in the Helping Profession
    • MC-613 – Counselling Practicum
    • MC-714 – Research Project
    • MC-715 – Counselling Internship

    This programme is designed to suit the needs of working adults

    • Part time
      All lectures are scheduled on 2-3 weekday nights, Monday and/or Wednesday and/or Friday
    • Full time
      Subject to availability
  • Assessment

  • Examination (40-60%)
    Course Work (40-60%)

  • Grades

    • High Distinction (HD)
      85 – 100 marks
    • Distinction (D)
      75 – 85 marks
    • Credit (CR)
      65 – 74 marks
    • Pass (PS)
      60 – 64 marks
    • Fail (FL)
      0 – 59 marks

    Note: Sequence of subjects may vary from intake to intake

You will need to fulfill the following entry requirements to join the programme.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years’ study in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or equivalent preferred but not necessarily with industry experience.
    • For international candidates, English Proficiency in terms of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required for course commencement.
  • Application Process

  • For interested applicants, please contact the Counselling Unit directly to Nurhidayati at  to find out more about the application process as there are specific document requirements.

Here are the career pathways for graduates who complete the Masters in Counselling programme. 

  • Possible Career Pathways

    • Mental Health Counsellor
    • Counsellor
    • Psychotherapist
    • School Counsellor
    • Substance Abuse Counsellor
    • Rehabilitation Counsellor
    • Family therapy
    • Social Worker
    • Career Counsellor
    • Victim Advocate
    • Health Educator
    • Clinical Counsellor
    • Crisis Counsellor