Admissions Criteria

Students applying with a Bachelor's degree in psychology:

  • Honour's degree or equivalent in psychology
  • Honour's thesis
  • Coursework in:
    • history and systems
    • biological bases of behaviour
    • cognitive-affective bases of behaviour
    • developmental bases of behaviour
    • social bases of behaviour
  • Minimum CGPA 3.7 / 4.3
  • GRE scores (General) for Clinical applicants (Subject GRE scores are not required but strongly recommended)
  • GRE scores (General) for Experimental applicants
  • 3 reference letters
  • A statement of research experience, research interests and career goals (500 words)
  • Faculty available for supervision

Students applying with a Master's degree in psychology:

  • May be given advanced standing
    Courses will be judged for equivalency by the relevant program committee

International Students

  • Minimum score of 600 on the TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English

The Department of Psychology is committed to pluralism and diversity in its programs. We encourage applications from qualified applicants within cultural, visible minority, and disability communities. Our policies and procedures concerning graduate admissions are non-discriminatory with regards to gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disabilities.

Experimental Program: Admission to the experimental program is under the direction of the Graduate Studies Committee. The minimum requirement for admission is an Honours degree in psychology or its equivalent and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 (based on a 4.3 grade point system). Because the experimental program is based on a research-mentoring model, a match between thesis supervisor interests and student interests is crucial. Thus, admission to the experimental program is highly dependent on having a faculty member who is willing to supervise the applicant’s graduate program. The final decision on acceptance is made by the Graduate Studies Committee, and depends on having a potential thesis supervisor as well as acceptable grades, GRE General score, and letters of reference.