M.Sc. in Counseling is a 2-year postgraduate degree in Psychology. The minimum eligibility to study the course is a Bachelor’s degree from any recognized university with at least one paper in psychology or related field (B.Ed, BSW, Home Science, Child Development, PG, etc.)
Some of the top institutions which provide admission to M.Sc. in Counseling course are as follows:
Admission to M.Sc. in Counseling course is offered on the basis of marks scored in the qualifying examination and personal interview conducted by the admission committee. Some of the highly reputed colleges or universities conduct entrance examinations of their own for admission.
The course is designed as such to provide students with a proper base for the practice of counseling. It mainly focuses on the psychological, mental health and human development principles. M.Sc. in Counseling course provides the students with a sound training to be ethical, skilled, effective and culturally sensitive professionals.
The average tuition fee for M.Sc. in Counseling course ranges from INR 6,000 to 2 lacs for a duration of two years depending upon the institute offering admission to the course. Successful postgraduates of the course can work in various job profiles such as Counselor, Psychologist-Education Management, Elder Care Specialist, Teacher, Lecturer, Career Guide, and Career Counselor. The average annual salary offered to such professionals ranges from INR 3 lacs to 20 lacs, which may increase with experience and expertise.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Duration of the Course||2 years|
|Examination Type||Both Semester and Annual|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s degree from any recognized university with at least one paper in psychology|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam based|
|Course Fee||INR 6,000 to INR 2 Lac/s|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 lac/s to INR 20 lac/s|
|Job Positions||Counselor, Psychologist-Education Management, Elder Care Specialist, Teacher, Lecturer, Career Guide and Career Counselor|
M.Sc. in Counseling is a course aimed at developing competence among the students from an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. It trains the students to acquire the requisite competencies in assessment skills, personal development, research skills, counseling/therapy skills and development of ethical behavior in counseling settings.
This program will help the students to become professionally qualified to work as a counseling psychologist in any mental health settings which include counseling centers and private firms. M.Sc. in Counseling course teaches students about evaluation systems like indicators of system performance, identifying measures and actions needed in order to correct performance, etc. The program aims to build in students competent counseling acumen through advanced study of subjects such as:
The basic goal of M.Sc. in Counseling course curriculum is to help the students develop awareness, knowledge, and skills in the discipline of Counseling. The course equips the students with the proper knowledge, inculcates the sound attitudes and trains them in the skills necessary to assess the problems of individuals and groups and to find solutions for the same through Counseling Psychology.
|Name of the Institute||Location||Average Course Fee (in INR)|
|Christ University||Bangalore, Karnataka||INR 1.45 Lac/s|
|Lady Shri Ram College||New Delhi, Delhi||INR 60,000|
|Allahabad University||Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh||INR 92,000|
|Mother Teresa Women’s University||Kodaikanal, Kerala||INR 45,000|
|University of Madras||Chennai, Tamil Nadu||INR 1 Lac|
Candidates wishing to apply for M.Sc. in Counseling course need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criterion:
Most institutes offer admission to M.Sc. in Counseling course on the basis of the candidate’s marks secured in the qualifying examinations or a relevant entrance examination, followed by a round of personal interview conducted by the admission committee. Some universities and colleges conduct an entrance examination of their own for admission to the course. Few of the entrance examinations required to be cleared by the candidate for obtaining admission to the course are enlisted below:
M.Sc. Counseling Psychology is a two years full-time course, the syllabus and course structure of which is enlisted in the table below:
|Semester 1:||Semester 2:|
|Foundations of Counseling Psychology||Social and Cultural Processes|
|Life-span Psychology||Qualitative Research Methods|
|Approaches to Counseling Psychology||Positive Psychology|
|Quantitative Research Methods in Psychological Counseling||Psychopathology|
|Individual Counseling Skills-1||Individual Counseling Skills-2|
|Professionalization Seminar||Applications of Statistics in Behavioral Sciences|
|Semester 3:||Semester 4:|
|Assessment in Counseling Psychology||Professionalization Seminar|
|Education Counseling||Supervised Practicum|
|Family and Marital Counseling||Counseling Project|
|Group Work in Counseling||Dissertation (Optional)|
|Multicultural Counseling Skills||-|
Successful postgraduates of M.Sc. in Counseling course can work in any Health Firm or Counseling Centre (government or non-government or private). The various job profiles they can opt for are that of Counselor, HR Counselor, Psychologist, Psychologist- Education Management, Elder Care Specialist, Career Counselor, Career Guide, Teacher, Lecturer, etc. The starting annual salary of such professionals is INR 3 lacs to 20 lacs.
After completion of the course, students wishing to pursue higher studies in this field can go for further research studies like Ph.D apart from stepping into the industry.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Annual Salary (in INR)|
|Counselor||They need to offer guidance to people who are dealing with problems that affect their mental health and well- being||INR 2.5 lacs|
|Career Guide||They require evaluating the clients’ educational background and guide them in making decisions about their career.||INR 2 lacs to 3 lacs|
|Psychologist||Perform counseling and experimentation, to ensure safety and good mental health of patients.||INR 8 lacs to 9 lacs|
|Lecturer||Undertake teaching, research and administrative duties within Counseling Psychology Department.||INR 6 lacs to 9 lacs|