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The Department of Psychology offers 3 types of degree programs at the graduate level:

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Applied Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology

Each departmental research area (6) offers different degree options. See below for details.

Departmental research areas

The Department of Psychology offers graduate degrees in the following areas:

Clinical Psychology

Our Canadian Psychological Association-accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program offers fully integrated training in research and clinical practice, preparing students for a wide variety of professional roles that include clinical research, psychological assessment and psychotherapy, teaching, clinical supervision, and program evaluation.

In the Clinical area, applicants are typically first admitted to the MA program, but the normal expectation is that they will thereafter continue on to the PhD. The Clinical area also occasionally admits an applicant who already has an MA from another institution directly into our PhD program; however, the time savings toward the PhD may be modest (i.e., a year or less), because the year-by-year sequence of required clinical-training courses would usually need to be started from its beginning.

Those wanting a terminal MA degree should look into graduate studies in Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Social Work, instead of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. The University of Waterloo does not offer Counselling Psychology or Educational Psychology.

For more information about the Clinical Psychology program and for a list of faculty currently accepting new graduate students, see Clinical Psychology.

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Cognitive Psychology

Our Cognitive Psychology program provides students with an interactive and enriching environment in which to study mind and behaviour, where you will work closely with other students and with faculty members. The program emphasizes the development of your research skills in the service of carrying out high quality independent research.  

In the Cognitive area, applicants are typically admitted directly to the PhD program (with no option for an MA along the way).

For more information about the Cognitive Psychology program and for a list of faculty currently accepting new graduate students, see Cognitive Psychology.

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Cognitive Neuroscience

Students enrolled in the Cognitive Neuroscience area will gain a wide variety of experiences in conducting research and presenting their research findings. This experience will be gained via working in laboratories on thesis research and other projects as well as through courses taught by our faculty

In the Cognitive Neuroscience area, the applicant is typically first admitted to the MA program, but the normal expectation is that the applicant will thereafter continue on to the PhD.

For more information about the Cognitive Neuroscience program and for a list of faculty currently accepting new graduate students, see Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Developmental Psychology

Students in the Developmental program are exposed to a variety of methods for studying the minds and behaviours of infants and children. They conduct hands-on research in collaboration with other students and faculty members, and have the opportunity to present this research through various outlets.

The developmental area offers two different degree programs: 

  • There is a one-year, terminal MASc in Developmental and Communication Science (DCS).
  • The area also admits applicants directly to the PhD program in Developmental Psychology (with no option for an MA along the way).

For more information about the Developmental Psychology program and for a list of faculty currently accepting new graduate students, see Developmental Psychology.

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Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The mission of the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) program at the University of Waterloo is to provide students with a well-rounded education that will both afford them flexibility in their future career path and enable them to positively impact the workplace. This is accomplished by exposing students through coursework to psychological theory and methods as well as providing students with hands-on opportunities to conduct research and consulting projects in collaboration with faculty. In short, our goal is to develop exceptional researchers, who can make a difference to organizations and workers.

The I/O area offers two different degree programs: 

  • There is a two-year, terminal MASc program. 
  • The area also admits applicants directly into the PhD program. These students typically complete an MA along away. 

For more information about the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program and for a list of faculty currently accepting new graduate students, see Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

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Social Psychology

Our Social Program provides an exciting, collaborative, and innovative research environment. During their years here, students typically work with multiple faculty members, conduct several lines of research, and use a variety of methods. They have many opportunities to present their findings (e.g., brown bags, lab meetings) and to attend professional conferences.

In the Social area, the applicant is typically first admitted to the MA program, but the normal expectation is that the applicant will thereafter continue on to the PhD.

For more information about the Social Psychology program and for a list of faculty currently accepting new graduate students, see Social Psychology.

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Last updated: Oct 4, 2016

Quick links for future graduate students - Department of Psychology

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies (Erik Woody)

For information regarding the graduate program email: gradpsyc@uwaterloo.ca

Quick links for future graduate students - University of Waterloo