|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Admit term(s)||Fall (September - December)|
|Application and document submission deadline(s)||
December 1 (for admission in September of the following year)*
*NOTE: all relevant documents pertaining to your application must be uploaded by December 1. See the Department of Psychology - Application procedures page for detailed information.
|Program type||Doctoral, Research|
|Length of program||48 months (full-time)|
|Research field(s) - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student’s research concentration||
What does it take to get in?
Minimum admission requirements
- A 80% overall standing, or equivalent, in the last two years of study in the previous degree is the minimum requirement for admission.
- Candidates applying to the Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate research field within the program must submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic scores). These scores are optional for students applying to the Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, and Developmental Psychology graduate research fields.
- 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).
- Review the finding a supervisor resources
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Required for candidates applying to the Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate research field within the program and optional for candidates applying to the Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, and Developmental Psychology graduate research fields.
- Personal statement (Letter)
- Supplementary information form (SIF)
- The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
- If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
- Three academic references are required
- Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
- TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5).
How much will it cost?
- Use the student budget calculator to estimate your cost and resources
- Visit the graduate program tuition page on the Finance website to determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program
- Review the study and living costs
- Review the funding graduate school resources for graduate students
What can you expect at Waterloo?
- Review the degree requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
- Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
- Check out Waterloo's institutional thesis repository - UWspace to see recent submissions from the Department of Psychology graduate students
- Check out the Waterloo campus and city tours
- Review the Department of Psychology website to see information about supervisors, research areas, news, and events