Psychology

Saint John campus

  • Degrees Offered: MA, PhD in Experimental Psychology (offered jointly with UNB Fredericton)
  • Application Deadline: December 15
  • Study Options: Thesis
  • Duration: Two years (MA), Four years (PhD)
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter

You’ve made up your mind to become a professional psychologist. UNB Saint John’s psychology graduate program can teach you the advanced research and statistical skills to become just that. Our program combines coursework, independent research, and collaborations with supervisors to give students a well-rounded understanding of experimental psychology.

Our students gain applied knowledge training and employ experimental methods, ultimately leading to a thesis in the student’s preferred psychological research area. We actively participate in the PhD clinical psychology program offered by UNB Fredericton. Our graduates have been successful in developing diverse career paths in hospitals, government agencies, non-profit and community outreach organizations, as well as research centres and universities.

Research Areas

  • Forensic, Correctional and Police Psychology
  • Peer Relationships and Social Skills
  • Deception Detection and Polygraph Techniques
  • Measurement and Scale Development
  • Bio-Psychology and Psychopharmacology
  • Addictions
  • Attachment, Loneliness and Well-Being
  • Neuroscience
  • Perception and Cognition
  • Health Research
  • Personality

Current Faculty Research

  • Lisa Best: Perception, diagrammatic reasoning, history of graph use in psychology, addictive behaviours, personality
  • Lilly Both: Peer relationships and social skills across the lifespan, social problem solving, incubation and problem solving, life satisfaction, personality correlates
  • Mike Bradley: Detection of deception and current issues in statistics
  • Caroline Brunelle: Biological and personality risk factors in addiction, comorbidity of substance use disorders with other mental disorders, harm reduction, offender populations
  • Mary Ann Campbell: Clinical forensic, correctional, and police psychology, psychopathy, risk assessment, adult and adolescent offenders, mentally ill offenders, sexual deviancy, credibility assessment, program evaluation
  • Enrico DiTommaso: Attachment, loneliness and interpersonal functioning, social adjustment, well-being, scale development, measurement, survey methodology

Application Requirements

  1. All applicants must hold an undergraduate honours degree in psychology with a minimum cumulative GPA of A-. A research-based thesis is required.
  2. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the general test
  3. Applicants must submit a complete application.
  4. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed:
    • International English language testing system (IELTS) = band 7
    • Paper-based TOEFL = 600
    • Internet-based TOEFL = 250
    • TWE = 5.5

Contact Us

For more information on our program, contact Dr. Lilly Both, Director of Graduate Studies, or Laura Galbraith, Program Administrative Assistant.

Related: Graduate Program in Psychology

Psychology Information Sheet