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Admission Requirements for Psychology Programs

For admission to either a regular or a co-op Psychology program, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Minimum average requirements as listed below. Averages are cumulative and include any courses taken at UWaterloo to date.​
  • Successful completion of PSYCH 101 and 1 discipline core course (PSYCH 207, 211, 238, 253, 257, 261) meeting the minimum Psych average requirement.

Regular Psychology Programs

Decisions for Fall 2017 (2A year/level) admission will be made in May 2017.

Program

Average requirements

Academic units required
(.5 units = 1 course)

Three-Year General Psychology (BA)

60% overall 
65% in Psychology

4.0

Four-Year General Psychology (BA)

60% overall 
65% in Psychology

4.0

Honours Psychology (BA)

60% overall 
70% in Psychology

4.0

Honours Psychology and Arts and Business (BA)

60% overall; 
70% Psych; 
70% for the Arts and Business courses

4.0

Honours Psychology (BSc)

  • Successful completion of the year one Honours Science Calculus, Biology, and Chemistry* courses required. See the undergraduate calendar for details.
  • No exceptions to the MATH 127/128 requirement. 

60% Faculty of Science average;
60% overall;
75% in Psych

4.25

Joint/Double Honours Psychology (BA)

60% overall; 
70% in Psychology, and the average requirement specified for the second Major

4.0

Research Intensive Specialization

May be added to any Honours Psych plan, with the exception of Honours BSc Psych

75% in Psychology

4.0

Honours Psych Departmental Co-op

In addition to the above program criteria,

  • Successful completion of the Math background required for enrolment in PSYCH 292 (must take PSYCH 292 Winter 2018).
    • If the Math requirement is incomplete, you must enrol in MATH 103 Fall 2017 (please pre-enrol during Course Selection in May). Direct requests to take an approved substitute to MATH 103 to the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (PAS 3007)
  • Successful completion of the English Language Proficiency Requirement. ELPE requirement for Science and ELPE requirement for Arts.
  • A maintained Psych average above the minimum required in the 2A Fall term (70% for Arts, 75% for Science). 
  • Enrolment in and completion of PSYCH 291 Fall 2017.

These minimum requirements must be met by May 6, 2017 for admission after Winter 2017. Applications will be accepted until the end of Fall 2017. Decisions for Fall 2017 (2A year/level) admission will be made in May 2017.

Students admitted to co-op will not have co-op shown on their program on Quest until the 2B Winter term, as this is the first term that students go through the co-op job application process and pay the first co-op fee. 

Program

Average requirements

Notes

Academic units required to be completed before the Fall 2A term 
(.5 units = 1 course)

Honours Psychology (BA)  co-op

60% overall 
70% in Psychology

 

at least 4.5 but no more than 6.5 

Honours Psychology and Arts and Business (BA)  co-op

60% overall; 
70% Psych; 
70% for the Arts and Business courses

Admission decisions for Arts and Business (Regular and Co-op) are made by the Arts and Business advisor.

at least 4.0 but no more than 6.5

Honours Psychology (BSc) co-op

60% Faculty of Science average;
60% overall;
75% in Psych

Successful completion of the year one Honours Science Calculus, Biology, and Chemistry* courses required. See the undergraduate calendar for details.

  • No exceptions to the MATH 127/128 requirement. 

at least 5.5 but no more than 7.0 

Joint/Double Honours Psychology (BA)  co-op

60% overall; 
70% in Psychology, and the average requirement specified for the second Major

Psych must be the first major.

at least 4.5 but no more than 6.5 

Research Intensive Specialization

75% in Psychology

May be added to any Honours Psych plan, with the exception of Honours BSc Psych

4.0

Appealing co-op admission decision

Contact us

Emily Mininger, Psychology Undergraduate Advisor and Program Administrator
Location: PAS 3007
Phone: 519-888-4566 x 37190
E-mail: emininger@uwaterloo.ca


Last updated: April 13, 2017