Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. The goals of psychology are to describe, explain, control and predict behaviour. While other branches of psychology describe, explain and predict behaviour, counselling psychology is one of the branches of psychology that helps to control behaviour. Behaviour is controlled through guidance where professional information is offered by a counsellor to prevent occurrence of a problem, or through counselling which is a face to face relationship through which the counsellor uses his or her professional skills to help a client to solve his or her problem. In a world full of diverse challenges, counselling psychology helps clients who are facing diverse challenges not to give up in life but to face and solve the problem.


The Kenyan society is experiencing social, economic, political and cultural transformations. This is posing a serious challenge on individual and communal coping strategies to the extent that they require professional help in understanding, predicting and possibly controlling challenges in their lives. The program focus on Counselling and applied Psychotherapy strategies to enhance outcomes for clients struggling with a wide range of challenges which may vary from intra-personal to inter-personal issues and systemic problems. A wide variety of theoretical models are taught with an emphasis on eclectic approaches offering integrative themes including neuro biological understandings relevant to counselling.

Programme Objectives

1. Explain the therapeutic approaches in counselling.

2. Apply theories and techniques of counselling in various contexts.

3. Demonstrate practical counselling skills and techniques in real life situations.

4. Acquire ethical principles and values of counselling.

5. Conduct research in counselling psychology.

Programme Learning Outcomes

1. Understand counselling theories and techniques.

2. Utilise therapeutic approaches in counselling.

3. Evaluate various theoretical practices in various contexts.

4. Undertake clinical assessment of clients.

5. Conduct counselling in a professionally and ethically.

6. Develop therapeutic models to address various clients’ counselling needs.

5.1. The Masters of Counselling Psychology shall be by coursework, seminars, continuous assessments, examinations, practicum and project.

5.2. Each candidate shall be required to take a minimum of 16 course units to graduate in a given specialization offered as follows:

5.3. Each candidate shall be required to successfully take a minimum of 16 course units comprising six (6) core units; four (4) elective course units; two (2) Practicum units and a Project which is equivalent to four (4) course units of 45 hours each.

5.4. There shall be Practicum in which a candidate shall be placed in a relevant field station to work under supervision by qualified practitioners and departmental academic member of staff. The practicum course shall be equivalent to two (2) taught course units of 45 hours each. Each taught lecture hour will be equivalent to 3-client-contact hours of practice. The candidate will therefore, be expected to cover a minimum of 270 hours of practice making it equivalent to 90 taught lecture hours.

5.5. The candidate will be required to conduct and write a research project report equivalent to four (4) taught courses.

5.6. The candidate shall be allowed to take a minimum of two (2) course units and a maximum of six (6) course units per semester.

5.7. Each course unit shall cover forty five (45) contact hours.

5.8. Candidate shall be required to submit their project proposal for approval by the department by the end of first semester of the second year.



1. The common regulations for the Masters’ degrees of the University of Nairobi and the Faculty of Arts shall apply.

2 The following shall be eligible for admission into the Master of Counselling Psychology:

2.1. A holder of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with an Upper Second Class Honours in psychology, counselling, sociology or related field from the University of Nairobi or from any other University recognized by the Senate.

2.1 A holder of a degree with at least Lower Second Class Honours in any field from the University of Nairobi or any other University recognized by the Senate with two years of relevant working experience.

2.3. A holder of a Pass degree from the University of Nairobi or any other university recognized by the Senate may be considered for admission if he/she has at least five years relevant experience or has a postgraduate diploma in a relevant field from a University recognized by the Senate.



A candidate on the recommendation of the Board of Postgraduate Studies and approved by the Senate, may be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of one third of the course units offered in the program that a candidate will have passed in the prior institution. Applicants seeking transfer of credits shall:

3.1 Send a formal application to the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies, through the Dean, Faculty of Arts, seeking transfer of credits; justification of the request and evidence of credentials which would support such request shall be attached to the application.

3.2 Pay the prescribed fees for transfer of credits before the application is processed.

3.3 Be allowed to transfer units which are equivalent to the same level offered at the University of Nairobi.

TUITION                                              27,000  
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                                                1,000  
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                                                6,500  
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                                                7,000  
CAUTION - (ONCE)                                                5,000  
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                                                 5,000  
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                                                2,000  
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                                                2,250  
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                                                1,000  
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                                                1,000  
THESIS EXAMINATION                                              30,000  
     Semester totals 
Sem1  2 units                                      85,750
   3 units                                    113,750
   4 units                                    141,750
     Semester totals 
Sem2 ,3,5 or 6  1 unit                                      30,250
   2 units                                      58,250
   3 units                                      86,250
   4 units                                    114,250
     Semester totals 
Sem4, 7, or 10  1 unit                                      52,750
   2 units                                      80,750
   3 units                                    108,750
   4 units                                    136,750
Project =4units    
Project in sems 4 or 7                                     166,750
Other sems                                     144,250
Sem1  4 units                                    141,750
Sem2  4 units                                    114,250
Sem3  4 units                                    114,250
Sem4  PROJECT                                    166,750
Totals                     537,000
Sem1  5 units                                    169,750
Sem2  5 units                                    142,250
Sem3  2 units                                      80,750
Sem4  PROJECT                                    166,750
Totals                     559,500