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Apply for the clinical psychology PhD

Admission criteria and application procedures

In order to ensure your online application is properly processed, please ensure you have met all the standard graduate school requirements and psychology program-specific requirements outlined below.

Students applying with a bachelor’s degree (arts or science) in psychology will need:

  • Honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology
  • Honours thesis
  • Coursework in:
    • History of psychology
    • Systems of psychotherapy
    • Biological bases of behaviour
    • Cognitive/affective bases of behaviour
    • Developmental bases of behaviour
    • Social bases of behaviour
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.7 / 4.3
  • General and Subject GRE Scores are no longer accepted. 
  • Three reference letters
    • Referees will be asked to complete a supplemental form regarding both academic and clinical suitability (instructions will be emailed directly to your referees)
  • Statement of research experience, research interests and career goals (500 words)
  • Curriculum vitae, showing complete list of awards/honours received, professional presentations and/or publications that you have co-authored, relevant volunteer and employment positions (e.g., research assistant)

Students applying with a master’s degree in psychology may be given advanced standing; courses will be judged for equivalency by the clinical program committee.

Additional requirements for international students whose first language is not English:

  • IELTS = band 7
  • Paper-based TOEFL = 600
  • Internet-based TOEFL = 213
  • TWE = 4.0

The Department of Psychology is committed to pluralism and diversity within its programs. We encourage applications from qualified students 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.

Application procedure

Apply through UNB’s online application portal.

Application deadline: December 1

All official supporting documentation not included in the online application should be mailed to the School of Graduate Studies:

School of Graduate Studies
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
E3B 5A3

Admissions to the clinical program involves a three-step process:

1. All applicants are screened based on information provided in the application package. A list of applicants who meet the minimum admissions criteria is circulated to faculty who will contact applicants they are interested in interviewing. These students constitute a short list of possible candidates.

2. All short-listed candidates are interviewed by telephone, typically by the potential supervisor and another faculty member. The interview focuses on assessing the match between the applicant’s career objectives, the resources available in the clinical program and the interests of the thesis supervisor.

3. Final decisions are made by the clinical program committee to recommend an offer of acceptance to an initial group of candidates, with the remaining individuals assigned to a waiting list.


An application waiver is available for Indigenous students. Eligible domestic students may identify as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. This will be extended to international applicants from the Wabanaki Confederacy.

Please contact one of the advisors listed below or for more information.

Natasha Simon

Director, Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, UNBF

1 506 458 7038


Todd Ross

Indigenous Advisor, Office of the Registrar, UNBSJ

1 506 648 5610