Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-Coaching

Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-Coaching
Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly SIM University) has been offering the Bachelor of Counselling programme for more than ten years, and has served the needs of Singapore’s counselling landscape well. While counselling presupposes problems that clients bring to the table that need to be resolved, coaching has a developmental and preventive flavour to it. In a nutshell, coaching aims to help individuals realise their full potentials in their personal and professional lives.

Our Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching (GD PLC) is positioned to provide life-coaching education for degree holders who wish to prepare for a career in professional life-coaching, and for others who can benefit from life-coaching education in their current careers. Professional life-coaching is empowering for persons in careers like counselling, social work, teaching, human resource management, business, psychology, and those in leadership positions. The skill sets would enable the incumbents in these roles to coach not only their direct clients, but only staff under their supervision.

Applicant must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) of having at least an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) [IELTS/TOEFL score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application] IF:

- your undergraduate degree is not awarded by an English-medium University, OR
- your undergraduate degree is awarded by an English-medium University but the language of instruction was not English.

Applicant with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium University must produce an official letter from the University to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

Additional admission requirements may be applicable to some programmes. Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interviews and/or take such written admission or other evaluation tests as may be prescribed by the Singapore University of Social Sciences from time to time.

The offer of admission is dependent on the number of places available in individual programmes. The decision of the Admissions Committee of the University is final and binding. The University reserves the right to refuse admission and is not obliged to offer an explanation for the non-admission of unsuccessful candidates.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

To graduate with the GD PLC, students are required to complete 30 credit units consisting of six compulsory core courses, inclusive of a practicum.


Click here to view the programme curriculum and class schedule.

Next Available Intake
July 2020

Application Closing Date
31 March 2020

Tuition Fee
For current tuition fee, click here.
  1. 1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for GD PLC?
    We have only one intake a year, in every July

  2. 2. What is the maximum candidature to complete the GD PLC?
    The maximum candidature period is 2 years.

  3. 3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. 4. What is the assessment structure?
    There will be two assignments and an examination for every course. Student will need to achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching.

  5. 5. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on four Saturdays per course from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour.​
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