Tuition & Graduate Funding
The program requires 63 semester hours to complete your degree, with a tuition cost of approximately $42,000. Housing, transportation, textbooks and other related costs are additional. Please note that program policies and fees may come under review and change without notice. Check TWU Tuition Fees for current MA Counselling Psychology program tuition rate. All funds are quoted in Canadian currency.
TWU Bursaries, Scholarships & Loans
Graduate students enrolled in 9 or more semester hours during a fall or spring term are eligible for both general TWU bursaries/scholarships and government student loans.
Bursary awards are need-based, and academic scholarships require at least a 3.30 GPA in order to qualify. These awards can range up to $10,000 per student.
A variety of provincial and federal programs provide loans available to university students. TWU urges students to evaluate their personal financial situation carefully with a view to avoiding accumulation of educational debts. However, for many students responsible borrowing is an important means of meeting educational costs. The University’s Financial Aid and Awards Office is prepared to offer students counsel and assistance in applying for aid under applicable government programs.
To apply for TWU bursaries/scholarships, please visit www.twu.ca/financial-aid/graduate-students.
TWU Endowed Awards
Endowed awards are available to full-time MA-CPSY students (minimum 9 semester hours for fall and spring terms). While students may apply for any or all scholarships, only one MA-CPSY endowed scholarship will be granted per student. See www.twu.ca/financial-aid/graduate-students/ to apply for awards listed below.
|Hollister Work Fund Scholarship||Award available to an MA-CPSY student who has a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and has high financial need. Eligible applicants will be in an internship placement working with youth. The award may be split between two or more students (at the discretion of the CPSY program) who meet the award criteria. Preference will be given to first, a MA-CPSY student with an internship placement in Mission, and second preference will be given to an MA-CPSY student who is living or has lived in the Mission area.||Up to $3,000|
|Jay Kehler Memorial Scholarship||Award available to a student who is enrolled in Counseling Psychology and engaged in Christian ministry. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.||Up to $1,000|
|Samaritan Scholarship||Award available to a student who has completed 24 semester hours and plans to pursue a doctorate in the counseling field, with financial need, and who commits to offering free counseling to the financially needy post-graduation. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.||Up to $1,000|
|TWU MA Counselling Psychology Award||Award available to an MA Counselling Psychology student. Preference given to a Canadian citizen student with notable promise and financial need.||Up to $1,500|
|Ken Davis International Student Scholarship||Award available to a Counselling Psychology student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 who demonstrates financial need. Citizenship must be other than Canada or U.S.||Up to $1,000|
TWU students may also qualify to compete with graduate students from other universities for a number of scholarships and awards provided by government agencies, foundations, and corporations. Seewww.twu.ca/graduate/scholarships.html for information about the provincial and federal awards listed below.
|Provincial||Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research||www.msfhr.org|
|Federal||Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [SSHRC]||www.sshrc-crsh.gc|
|Federal||Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR]||www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca|
|CCPA||The Bev Abbey Service Award is designed specifically for counselling psychology graduate students in BC. Students who are interested in pursuing substantive graduate research or those writing a Master’s thesis are strongly encouraged to apply.||www.ccpa-accp.ca/en/memberbenefits/awards/#chapter|
|International Students||International students should search in their home countries for awards tenable in Canada. The Government of Canada also provides information about some international scholarship programs.||https://w01.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca/|
On/Off Campus Employment
The MA-CPSY program places a strong emphasis on providing its students with opportunities to become involved in the administrative and research life of the academic community. On-campus positions are typically limited to no more than 10 hours per week. In addition to offering financial support, these positions provide experience with practical aspects of professional function in Canadian society.
Interviews for program-related employment are held during the first two weeks of classes each fall. Questions about employment opportunities can be directed to one’s academic advisor. Successful applicants will be integrated into administrative and research teams where they will receive individual and group training.
Students are encouraged to limit the amount of time they dedicate to employment during their studies. Students must apply for permission to work more than 16 hours per week at off-campus employment during semesters in which they carry a full-time load. The MA-CPSY program has a policy in place regarding student engagement in Private Practice and Professional Employment.
|Teaching Assistantship (TA)||Graduate level Teaching Assistantships are available to 2nd year students. TA's typically work no more than 10 hours per week.||Submit completed application
to Robin Macfarlane
|Research Assistantship (RA)||Research Assistantships are provided to develop research competence in students and enhance faculty research capabilities. RAs typically work no more than 10 hours per week.||Submit completed application
to Robin Macfarlane
|Administrative Assistantships (AA)||Administrative Assistants provide assistance in the day-to-day operations of the program. One AA position is available each year for various office support duties which reports to the Office Coordinator.||Submit completed application
to Robin Macfarlane
|Fraser River Counselling Intake Worker||The major responsibilities of this position are to handle in-coming telephone calls for Fraser River Counselling, make screening assessments, refer to appropriate teams or services, and communicate with clinical supervisors. The position also entails assisting practicum supervisors in training students regarding referral, intake procedures, and documentation.||Submit completed application
to Robin Macfarlane
|Other Work Opportunities||All other student campus work positions are advertised through the TWU Learning Commons (formerly Student Success Centre), Reimer Student Centre (RSC), 2nd Floor. Consult the on-line employment database for a listing of on and off-campus job postings.||www.twu.ca/life/career/|