Admission Requirements

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work).
  • A four-year honours bachelor of arts degree in psychology or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • CV or resume

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies for more information.

Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 996 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • At least 9 credit units of course work at the graduate level must be successfully completed in the first year of the program.
  • Complete a minimum of 18 credit units at the 800-level, including PSY 805.3 or PSY 807.3
  • PSY 900.0 (x4)
  • PSY 996.0
  • Write and successfully defend a dissertation based on original investigation.
  • doctoral candidacy assessment