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Master of Education in Global Mental Health & Counselling Psychology

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Program Length 1.3 years  full-time Career Path International
mental health service development
Program Requirements 10 courses, including off-site practicum Program Highlight New program! Mental health focus Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Full-time enrollment only


Graduates of the MEd in Global Mental Health & Counselling Psychology (GMHCP) Program will understand the cutting-edge theory and practice of psychology and mental health in international settings. 


This field is directed to international practitioners. The program will not lead to registration as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, nor will it provide registration with the College of Psychotherapists in Ontario (CRPO). 


  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree of any background or discipline, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year or over senior courses, from a recognized university.
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant experience
  • Successful Interview
    • Focuses on the international practicum placement the student will complete.
    • Evaluation will be based on suitability of student’s learning goals and on the practice in which he/she will engage in.
  • Prior to being admitted to this program, students must arrange for a suitable international practicum placement.
  • English Language Proficiency if required


This is a 1.3 year program (Fall/Winter/Summer/Fall). A minimum of 1 of these years must be in Canada.

The degree requirements consist of:

  • 10 courses (5.0 FCE)
    • 8 of these courses are taken at OISE and 2 during practicum placements
  • International practicum (250-hours in an approved public or private organization)



Taught by world-renowned faculty, core courses focus on:

  • Foundations of Mental Health and Counselling Psychology
  • Theories and Techniques of Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Diversity Issues in Counselling
  • Psychological Counselling on Marriage and Family


(Courses may be substituted)


APD1902H  Theories and Techniques of Counselling in a Global Context (0.5 FCE)
APD1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology (0.5 FCE)
APD1228H  Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Families and Couples Counselling (0.5 FCE)
APD1268H Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood (0.5 FCE)
APD1277H Global Indigenous Healing in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE)
APD1278H Cognitive Therapy (0.5 FCE)
APD1282H Introduction to Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology (0.5 FCE)
APD1283H Peer and Video-Based Counselling with Practicum Field-Based Learning in Global Mental Health (0.5 FCE)
APD2293H  Interpretation of Educational Research (0.5 FCE)
APD5xxxH (5000 series) Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level (0.5 FCE)

Please see the ORSS course schedule for course listings as they become available. You may also speak to your faculty advisor for updated special topics course offerings.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year in our MEd in Global Mental Health & Counselling Psychology program.

The academic school year for this program begins only in September. 

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies website.

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The Registrar’s Office includes a checklist to walk you through:

  • choosing your program
  • reviewing admission requirements
  • preparing your application
  • submitting required supporting documents.

You are also able to view your application status from there.

In addition to the standard components and supporting documents on the School of Graduate Studies website:  

  1. Students arrange a suitable international practicum prior to being admitted to this program
    • ​The practicum is intended to link the theory, concepts, assessment, intervention strategies and research methods taught in the program to real life-practice



Tuition information can be found via the University of Toronto's Office of the Provost.

Fees for Domestic Students

Fees for International Students

Questions? Contact the MEd-GMHCP program liaison, Jennifer Cho: jennifer.cho@utoronto.ca