The program information below is valid for the fall 2019 term (September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019).

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Graduate research fields

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • The Department requires a minimum period of registration of 9 terms beyond an Honours Bachelor's degree or 6 terms beyond a Master's degree. While a PhD may be obtained within 9 terms of an Honours BA, a period of 12 to 18 terms is typical.
  • Program type 
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Additional program information 
    • Students admitted to the Clinical Psychology field (area of research) of the PhD program must supply a Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) to the Department of Psychology prior to being matriculated.
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A 80% overall standing, or equivalent, in the last two years of study in the previous degree is the minimum requirement for admission.
    • Please note that in most areas a Master’s degree is not required for admission into the PhD program (the exception is Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology).
  • Application materials 
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Personal statement
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students enrolled in the doctoral program must complete the Department's statistics requirements and comprehensive breadth requirements. The statistics requirements may be met by satisfactory performance in at least 1 of 2 core statistics courses: PSYCH 630 Advanced Analysis of Variance and PSYCH 632 Multiple Regression (or credit granted for evidence of a strong undergraduate statistics background) plus 1 additional statistics course. The additional course may be the remaining core statistics course or a different statistics course such as: PSYCH 800 Psychometric Theory & Structural Equation Modeling; PSYCH 801 Advanced Structural Equation Modeling; PSYCH 803 Statistical Reasoning & Advanced Experimental Analysis; PSCYH 804 Multi-Level Modeling Applications in Psychology.
    • To meet the Departmental breadth requirements, students will be required to take 4 one-term courses or their equivalent outside their areas/divisions. These courses must be taken in at least two different areas/divisions. For the purposes of this requirement
      the relevant areas are:
      • Clinical
      • Cognitive
      • Cognitive Neuroscience
      • Developmental
      • Industrial/Organizational
      • Quantitative Methods
      • Social
    • Extra departmental courses as well as transfer credits may also be considered. Usually no more than 2 one-term credits toward breadth requirements are granted from such sources.
    • To meet the Departmental core requirements, students will be required to take 6 courses in their area of research.
    • Below is a list of the programs fields (areas of research) and the required courses for each area:
    • Students specializing in Clinical Psychology must complete the following courses:
      • Year One
        • Coursework:
          • PSYCH 632 Multiple Regression
          • PSYCH 716 Adult Psychopathology
          • PSYCH 717 Psychological Assessment I
          • PSYCH 718 Psychological Assessment II
          • PSYCH 719 Ethics, Diversity, and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
          • Breadth Requirements
        • Clinical Practica:
          • PSYCH 720A Practicum in Interviewing & Cognitive Assessment I
          • PSYCH 720B Practicum in Interviewing & Cognitive Assessment II
          • PSYCH 721A Diagnostic Assessment Practicum I
          • PSYCH 721B Diagnostic Assessment Practicum II
          • PSYCH 722C Clinical Fieldwork Placement I
        • Research Activities:
          • PSYCH 621 Advanced Clinical Research Forum I
      • Year Two
        • Coursework:
          • PSYCH 723 Child Psychopathology and Psychotherapy
          • PSYCH 724 Personality & Measurement Theory
          • PSYCH 725 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
          • Breadth Requirements
        • Clinical Practica:
          • PSYCH 726A Practicum in Integrated Assessment I
          • PSYCH 726B Practicum in Integrated Assessment II
          • Elective: PSYCH 738A, PSYCH 738B, PSYCH 738C Clinical Fieldwork Placement II (optional, by approval)
        • Research Activities:
          • PSYCH 621 Advanced Clinical Research Forum II
      • Year Three
        • Coursework:
          • PSYCH 727 Efficacy and Program Evaluation
          • PSYCH 728 Psychotherapy: Classical Roots & Contemporary Developments
          • Breadth Requirements
        • Clinical Practica:
          • PSYCH 729A, PSYCH 729B, PSYCH 729C Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Practicum I, II, III
          • PSYCH 730A, PSYCH 730B, PSYCH 730C Adult Psychotherapy Practicum I, II, III
          • Elective: PSYCH 738A, PSYCH 738B, PSYCH 738C Clinical Fieldwork Placement II (optional, by approval)
        • Research Activities:
          • PSYCH 621 Advanced Clinical Research Forum III
      • Year Four
        • Coursework:
          • PSYCH 731 Emotion-Focused Therapy
          • Unfulfilled Breadth Requirements
        • Clinical Practica:
          • PSYCH 732A, PSYCH 732B, PSYCH 732C Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Practicum I, II, III
          • PSYCH 733A, PSYCH 733B, PSYCH 733C Adult Psychotherapy Practicum I, II, III
          • Elective: PSYCH 737A, PSYCH 737B, PSYCH 737C Emotion-Focused Therapy Practicum
          • Elective: PSYCH 738A, PSYCH 738B, PSYCH 738C Clinical Fieldwork Placement II or PSYCH 739A, PSYCH 739B, PSYCH 739C Clinical Fieldwork Placement III (optional, by approval)
        • Research Activities:
          • PSYCH 621 Advanced Clinical Research Forum IV
      • Year Five (and beyond)
        • Clinical Practica:
          • PSYCH 734A, PSYCH 734B, PSYCH 734C Practicum in Supervision I, II, III (required of all students)
          • PSYCH 735A, PSYCH 735B, PSYCH 735C Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Practicum I, II, III
          • PSYCH 736A, PSYCH 736B, PSYCH 736C Adult Psychotherapy Practicum I, II, III
          • Elective: PSYCH 737A, PSYCH 737B, PSYCH 737C Emotion-Focused Therapy Practicum
          • Elective: PSYCH 740A, PSYCH 740B, PSYCH 740C Senior Practicum I or PSYCH 741A, PSYCH 741B, PSYCH 741C Senior Practicum II or PSYCH 742A, PSYCH 742B, PSYCH 742C Senior Practicum III (optional, by approval)
    • Students specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience must complete the following 12 courses:
      • 1 mandatory statistics course: PSYCH 632 Multiple Regression
      • 1 other statistics and design course chosen from this list:
        • PSYCH 630 Advanced Analysis of Variance
        • PSYCH 800 Psychometric Theory & Structural Equation Modeling
        • PSYCH 801 Advanced Structural Equation Modeling
        • PSYCH 803 Meta-Analysis
        • PSYCH 804 Multi-Level Modeling Applications in Psychology
      • 1 Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience: PSYCH 677A Fundamentals of Behavioural Neuroscience
      • 1 Human Neuroanatomy: PSYCH 784 Human Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology
      • 4 CNS core courses chosen from this list:
        • PSYCH 779A Cognitive Neuropsychology I
        • PSYCH 781 Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory
        • PSYCH 782 Visual Neuroscience
        • PSYCH 783 Neuroimaging of Cognition
        • PSYCH 785 Attention and the Brain
        • PSYCH 788 Epidemiologic Methods in Aging Research
        • PSYCH 789 Mind-wandering and Inattention
        • PSYCH 790 Case Studies in Neuropsychology
        • PSYCH 791 Real and Virtual Spaces
        • PSYCH 792 An Introduction to Methods in Computational Neuroscience
        • PSYCH 794 Cognitive Neuroscience of Face Perception
      • 4 breadth courses from other research areas.
      • In addition, students must attend the weekly Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar (PSYCH 707).
      • Note: it is expected that the Master’s thesis will be completed within the first two years in the program. The Master's degree will normally be required before studies for the doctorate have begun.
    • Students specializing in Cognitive Psychology must complete the following 12 courses:
      • 1 mandatory statistics course: PSYCH 630 Advanced Analysis of Variance
      • 1 other statistics course chosen from this list:
        • PSYCH 632 Multiple Regression
        • PSYCH 800 Psychometric Theory & Structural Equation Modeling
        • PSYCH 801 Advanced Structural Equation Modeling
      • 6 Cognition core courses chosen from this list:
        • PSYCH 758 Applied Practicum in Cognitive Psychology
        • PSYCH 759 Research Practicum in Cognitive Psychology
        • PSYCH 769 Causal Reasoning
        • PSYCH 770 Basic Issues in Cognition
        • PSYCH 771 Basic Visual Processes
        • PSYCH 774 Visual Cognition
        • PSYCH 775 Consciousness and Cognition
        • PSYCH 776 Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making
        • PSYCH 777 Human Memory
        • PSYCH 778 Attention
        • PSYCH 779 Language and Reading
        • PSYCH 650 Special Topics in Cognition and Perception; Topic 2 Modelling Cognitive Processes
      • 4 breadth courses from outside of Cognition.
      • In addition, students must attend the weekly Cognitive Psychology Seminar (PSYCH 747).
      • Note: normally students will be expected to have completed the Master’s thesis no later than the beginning of their fourth term in the program.
    • Students specializing in Developmental Psychology must complete a total of 12 courses:
      • 2 mandatory statistics courses from this list:
        • PSYCH 630 Advanced Analysis of Variance
        • PSYCH 632 Multiple Regression
        • PSYCH 800 Psychometric Theory & Structural Equation Modeling
        • PSYCH 801 Advanced Structural Equation Modeling
        • PSYCH 804 Multi-Level Modeling Applications in Psychology
      • 6 Developmental courses from this list:
        • PSYCH 680 Special Topics in Child Behaviour and Development
        • PSYCH 701 Foundations in Cognitive/Social Development: Basic
        • PSYCH 702 Foundations in Cognitive/Social Development: Social Cognitive Development
        • PSYCH 705 Foundations in Language Development: Basic Language Development
        • PSYCH 706 Foundations in Language Development: Pragmatics of Language
        • PSYCH 708 Reasoning about Ownership of Property
        • PSYCH 709 Reasoning about Beliefs and Desires
        • PSYCH 713 Theories of Pretence
      • 4 breadth courses from other research areas outside of Developmental.
      • In addition, students must attend the weekly Developmental Seminar each term (PSYCH 710).
    • Students specializing in Industrial/Organizational Psychology must complete the following 12 courses:
      • 1 mandatory statistics course: PSYCH 632 Multiple Regression
      • 1 additional mandatory statistics course, e.g., PSYCH 630, PSYCH 800, PSYCH 801, PSYCH 804
      • 1 mandatory research methods course: PSYCH 887 Research Methods in Industrial/Organizational
      • 2 mandatory core I/O content courses:
        • PSYCH 875 Organizational Psychology
        • PSYCH 879 Personnel Selection
      • 3 I/O content courses. Some example offerings are:
        • PSYCH 877 Work Motivation
        • PSYCH 878 Job Performance
        • PSYCH 883 Organizational Development
        • PSYCH 876 The Psychology of Justice in the Workplace
        • PSYCH 886 Psychology of Training
        • PSYCH 888 Negotiation: Theory and Practice
      • 4 breadth courses from other research areas outside of I/O.
      • In addition, students must attend the weekly I/O seminar (PSYCH 885).
    • Students specializing in Social Psychology must complete the following 12 courses:
      • 2 mandatory statistics courses from this list:
        • PSYCH 630 Advanced Analysis of Variance
        • PSYCH 632 Multiple Regression
        • PSYCH 800 Psychometric Theory & Structural Equation Modeling
        • PSYCH 801 Advanced Structural Equation Modeling
        • PSYCH 804 Multi-Level Modeling Applications in Psychology
      • PSYCH 704A Social Psychology
      • PSYCH 870 Research Design & Methods
      • 4 Social courses from the following list:
        • PSYCH 743 Advanced Intergroup Relations
        • PSYCH 744 Personality in Social Context
        • PSYCH 745 Close Relationships
        • PSYCH 746 Culture and the Mind
        • PSYCH 749 Wisdom
        • PSYCH 748 Self-Regulation and Motivation
        • PSYCH 690 Special Topics in Social and Personality:
          • The Self
          • Social Cognition
          • Moral Psychology
      • 4 breadth courses from other research areas outside of Social.
      • In addition, students must attend the weekly Social seminar (PSYCH 714).
      • While many courses may be taken on a Cr/NCr basis, at least half the courses offered for a degree by the student must be graded.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • PhD Thesis
    • The Department requires a successful defense of the PhD Thesis.