Tuition & Graduate Funding

The program requires 63 semester hours to complete your degree, with a tuition cost of approximately $43,000. 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.

CPSY Scholarships

Students may be nominated for an academic scholarship upon admission. Students currently enrolled may also be considered for an academic scholarship, through nomination by faculty. Priority is given to students with a minimum 4.0 GPA.  All students must be enrolled in 9 or more semester hours during a fall or spring semester to be eligible.

CPSY Grants

CPSY Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need of up to $4,000. Priority will be given to students with a minimum 3.7 GPA.  Students must be enrolled in 9 or more semester hours during a fall or spring semester to be eligible. To apply, complete the TWU Financial Need Assessment by June 1.

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. 

To apply, complete both TWU Financial Need Assessment and Endowment award application by June 1.

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
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
Counselling Psychology Scholarship for Foreign Students 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

External Awards

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. See be for information about the provincial and federal awards listed below.

Provincial Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [SSHRC] www.sshrc-crsh.gc
Federal Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR]
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
Other Work Opportunities All other student campus work positions are advertised through the Centre for Calling & Career Development Consult the online employment database for a listing of on and off-campus job postings.

Student Loans

The federal/provincial government offers student loans and grants to eligible domestic students to assist with paying for post-secondary education. Please refer to the TWU Financial Aid Office for further information.