Master of Arts (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

The M.A. degree program is governed by the regulations of the College of Graduate Studies, including its standards for admission of students.

Entering students will normally have an honours degree (or an undergraduate degree and equivalent research experience) in Psychology or a related area. This must include coursework in statistics and research methodology. Students must submit their graduate record exam (GRE) scores; the general GRE scores are required and the subject specialty scores are recommended.

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Students can demonstrate English language proficiency with one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 600 (paper version) or 100 (Internet version); or
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) minimum overall band score of 7.0, with no other component score less than 6.5; or
  • MELAB score of at least 84.

No applicant will be admitted to the program until a faculty member of the Psychology Department has agreed to supervise the thesis research; thus, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to applying.

Admission to the M.A. in Psychology program for clinical students is restricted to those who intend to continue on to the Ph.D. and who have an overall average of at least 80% in their last 60 credits.

Program Requirements – Psychological Science (formerly Experimental Psychology)

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out in this section, the minimum requirements for the M.A. are 30 credits as follows:

  • a 12-credit master's thesis (PSYO 599);
  • 6 credits of graduate-level statistics and methodology, normally taken in the first year;
  • 3 credits in Contemporary Theories of Psychology (PYSO 506); and
  • 9 other credits selected by the student in consultation with and approval of his or her supervisor, of which no more than 6 credits can be at the 300/400 level, and none may be at the 100/200 level.

Program Requirements – Clinical

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out in this section, the minimum requirements for the M.A. are 45 credits as follows:

  • a 12-credit master's thesis (PSYO 599);
  • 6 credits of graduate-level statistics and methodology, normally taken in the first year;
  • 6 credits in Professional Practice: Assessment;
  • 6 credits in Individual Differences;
  • 6 credits in Professional Practice: Intervention;
  • 3 credits in Ethics and Professional Standards;
  • 3 credits in Psychometrics; and
  • Clinical Psychology Practicum as needed to reach competency and progress to the next level of training.

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