Psychology (Bachelor of Arts degree)

Get inside other people’s heads

Explore the frontiers of the mind. Examine human behaviour from a variety of perspectives, including neuroscience, cognition, clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology.

Then deepen your understanding with complementary courses in other subject areas, such as legal studies, sociology, biology, and health studies.

Want to customize your program even further? Work with one of our award-winning professors to design a directed studies course around your specific interest. Or get some work experience by enrolling in the co-op stream.

Graduate ready to make an impact. Waterloo Psychology is ranked in the top 100 in the world (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020), and its alumni are treating mental illnesses, improving approaches to education, and creating more satisfying workplaces everyday.

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Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Mathematics of Data Management is recommended.

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

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How to apply

Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Psychology as your major at the end of first year. 

After applying you may choose to co-register through Renison University College or St. Jerome's University, both located on Waterloo's campus. You'll earn a Waterloo degree but have a smaller community as your home base.

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Hannah is focused on using her studies for good. As an Honours Arts Psychology major with a minor in Philosophy, she’s applying lessons from the classroom to the real world through volunteer and research opportunities, giving her peers the tools they need to practice self-care and compassion.

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megaphone icon"Psychology is extremely flexible which allows me to customize my degree. The ability to take classes that I am passionate about keeps me motivated. Co-op allows me to learn new skills and provides well-deserved breaks from school terms to recharge."Stephanie, third-year Psychology student

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Learn from the best

Waterloo’s internationally renowned Psychology program consistently rates among the best in Canada, ranking ninth in 2020 Maclean's survey of Canadian universities.

Serious experience

At Waterloo, you’ll get to conduct hands-on research in our state-of-the-art labs. Take advantage of EEG machines, eye-tracking equipment, virtual reality rigs, and more.