Students enrolled in doctoral programs must complete the department's breadth requirements which consist of four one-term courses (or approved equivalent) outside their Departmental Research Area. These courses must be taken from at least two different Areas, and no more than two courses from the same Area can count toward the requirement. Breadth courses may be taken for credit/no credit.

Any quantitative courses taken beyond those that fulfill the Departmental Research Area requirement can count toward breadth requirements (i.e. a third and even a fourth statistics course can count toward departmental breadth requirements). Statistics courses required by the Research Area must be taken for a numerical grade.

Those seeking permission to fulfill breadth requirements by counting courses offered by other departments at the University of Waterloo, or transfer credits from other universities, must submit the request in writing to the Psychology Associate Chair, Graduate Studies. Consent to take courses outside of the department must be obtained prior to enrolling in the course. Usually, no more than two one-term courses from such sources are allowed for credit towards breadth requirements.


Last updated: June 24, 2019