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Make-up Psychology

What is Make-Up Psychology?

Make-Up Psychology is a subcategory of Post-Degree studies (i.e., not degree studies).

The goals of Make-Up Psychology students are

  • to take psychology courses similar to those in Honours Psychology,
  • to apply for admission to graduate programs in psychology e.g., Master's of Arts (M.A.), Master's of Applied Science (M.A.Sc), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), etc.

Make-Up Psychology may not be sufficient for admission to graduate studies at all schools.

Admission to Make-Up Psychology does not guarantee admission to graduate studies at the University of Waterloo.

Make-Up Psychology students complete at least 5.0 to 6.0 units (i.e., 10 to 12 term courses) in psychology including an honours thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C) which is worth 1.5 units.

Application to Make-Up Psychology

The application procedures are the same as those for admission to Post-Degree studies:

Consult with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor prior to applying, and again after you submit the application for admission.

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Admission to Make-Up Psychology

Those admitted must have:

  1. a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Psychology or
  2. a Three-Year or Four-Year General Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a school other than the University of Waterloo.

Enrolment is subject to space availability. Typically only 1 to 3 students are admitted to Make-Up Psychology per year. The cumulative averages required for admission are typically at least 80-85% overall and in Psychology.

Applicants will be notified of the admission decision by the Registrar's Office.

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Course enrolment planning

Develop a course plan in consultation with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor as well as the graduate studies program advisor at the school to which you will be applying.

How quickly you can progress in the studies for Make-Up Psychology will be affected by your current background in:

  • the content areas of psychology e.g., PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261,
  • research methods and statistics e.g., PSYCH 291 and 292.

Those with limited background in these areas will spend at least two and half years on course work including the honours thesis because of course prerequisites and course availability.

If you successfully completed a research methods and/or statistics course that might be antirequisite or equivalent to a psychology course (e.g., PSYCH 291, 292, 391), submit a detailed course outline for the course (i.e., a list of the topics covered, method of evaluation, and the title/author of the textbook) to the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor prior to course enrolment. Be sure to include your full name and student identification number with the outline(s).

Review the following information for further details:


Contact a Psychology Advisor

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Last updated: December 28, 2015