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Graduate student frequently asked questions

Department of Psychology

Graduate programs FAQ

Some questions you may have before you begin your studies.

Is a degree from a college acceptable for entrance?

Yes, as long as you complete a four-year honours bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Psychology.

Can I apply to the PhD program directly after my undergrad degree?

No. Only students who have completed, or are about to complete, a masters degree can be accepted into the PhD program.

What can I do if I don't meet the minimum GPA? or I have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Psychology?

If you do not meet the GPA requirements, you may take additional courses in psychology to improve your GPA. 

What can I do if I have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Psychology?

If you have a degree in another field other than psychology, the Honours After-Degree Program in Psychology (or equivalent) is required. The Honour's After-Degree Program in Psychology is required for the Clinical Psychology Program.

I'm an international student, how do I know if my GPA is equivalent to entrance requirements?

Please contact the Graduate Programs Administrator.

Contact the GPA

Do you have a part time program or a distance learning program?

No. The Department of Psychology only offers full-time on campus programs.

How do I select Clinical Graduate Program in the online application?

In order to find the Clinical Masters graduate program on the application you must select the MSc - thesis based as your degree and then choose Psychology - Clinical from the drop-down menu.

What is the difference between clinical and counseling psychology?

Both clinical and counselling psychology focus on helping people in distress. A major difference, however, is clinical psychologists focus on assessing, diagnosing and alleviating disorders and restoring normal functioning. Clinical psychology programs are typically found in departments of psychology,

Counselling psychologists tend to work with less severe problems, including adjustment difficulties, marital disorders, etc. They are also more likely than clinical psychologists to be involved in helping people achieve particular goals (e.g. career counselling, human development). Counselling psychology programs are typically offered through departments of educational psychology, and some have an educational focus.

How long is your program?

The Master's typically takes two years, and the PhD typically takes three, plus a one year predoctoral internship or residency.

Graduate contacts

Graduate Program Advisor

Contact me for graduate program advising and any questions you have about our programs
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Psychology Graduate Program Director

Dr. Josh Bourdage

Clinical Graduate Program Director

Dr. Sheri Madigan

Clinic Director and Clinical Practicum Coordinator

Dr. Brae Anne McArthur