WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,042 for the full programme
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts (MA)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Master by Dissertation/Coursework & Research
Application Deadline: July 2021
Programme Overview

The Master of Arts in Community-based Counselling is a full-time degree taken over 2 years.


During the first-year students complete the coursework component and begin the research report. The coursework component consists of a theoretical and practical programme run by the School of Human and Community Development.

The first year comprises the following modules:

Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Community Psychology

Psychological Assessment
The Theory and Practice of Psychopathology in Context
Research Workshops and Seminars
Seminars in Professional Psychology (SPP)
The second part (usually the second year or M2) of the degree involves a counselling internship of twelve months duration, at an internship site approved by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

During their first year in the programme, each student will identify an area of interest in the fields of community psychology or community-bases counselling psychology. This module was developed to foster critical, cultural reflection-in-context and a deeper understanding of its implications for action within a developing framework for community psychology in South Africa. Students will work in supervision to design, conduct and write their research. This component counts 50% towards the degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Masters by Coursework and Research Report:
– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:
– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
– A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Community Counselor
– Addiction Counselor
– Licensed Drug and Alcohol counselor
– Behavioral Health Counselor
– Youth Counselor

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $4,042
Tuition Fees for International Students: $4,042

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Miss Ayanda Zwane
Postgraduate Faculty Officer
Miss Madile Moeketsi
Postgraduate Faculty Officer