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Apply for the experimental 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 have been waived and will not be accepted for Dec. 2020 application (with anticipated enrollment of September 2021) due to COVID-19. 
  • Three reference letters
  • Statement of research experience, research interests and career goals (500 words)
  • Faculty available for supervision

Students applying with a master’s degree in psychology will have their courses judged for equivalency by the experimental 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: Dec. 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 experimental program is under the direction of the graduate studies committee. Given that the experimental program is based on a research-mentoring model, a match between thesis supervisor interests and student interests is crucial. This, admission to the experimental program is highly dependent on having a faculty member who is willing to supervise the applicant’s graduate training.

The final decision is made by the graduate studies committee and is dependent upon having a potential supervisor, minimum GPA, GRE scores and letters of reference.