Psychology (Bachelor of Arts degree)

Hannah, a psychology major at Waterloo, stands on a bridge surrounded by trees.

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.

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.

Program highlights

  • 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.

What will you learn? 

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take two introductory Psychology courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Psychology courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Psychology degree.

Customize your degree

The optional Research Intensive specialization provides in-depth training in experimental design. You'll learn to address problems of human motivation, memory, social relations, communication, and many other human capacities by translating them into solvable problems. 

You can also include one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices for Psychology majors include Human Resource Management; Cognitive Science; Legal Studies; Economics; and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. 


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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


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)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.

How to apply

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

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Jackie-Jones, Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator

Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?

Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.

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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