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Application instructions for the Psychology Major

All applications for a Psychology Major for University of Waterloo, St. Jerome's and Renison students are coordinated through the Psychology Undergraduate Office (PAS 3007).

If you are registered in the Arts Faculty, see supplementary advice regarding declaring your Major and the information below.

Students registered in the Science Faculty are admitted to the Psychology program in year 2, and declare their intent to major in Psychology through the steps below.

Your application must include

  1. Completed Psychology Major application form 

    The online form is now open.  

    Psych Major Online Application Form

    The data collected on the form is needed for planning purposes and to create an e-mail list for applicants and future Psychology Majors.

  2. Completed Plan Modification Form:   print, complete, and submit the hard copy of the Plan Modification Form.    


    If registered in the Faculty of Arts: please submit the Plan Modification Form to the Arts Undergraduate Office (PAS 2439) by Monday April 3, 2017 for Spring or Fall 2017 admission.

    If registered in any other Faculty (including Science):   Submit the Plan Modification Form to the drop box for the Psychology Undergraduate Office or directly to Emily Mininger in PAS 3007 by Wednesday April 26, 2017  for Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 admission.  

    To locate the Psychology drop box, enter the PAS building from the loading dock area and take the elevator to the third floor. The drop box is directly in front of the elevator.

    Students not on campus may email or mail the Plan modification form to the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor. Late requests for admission to the Psychology Major will be accepted but results would be delayed accordingly.


  3. Applying to co-op
    The request for admission to co-op must be included on the  Psychology Major Application Form and the Plan Modification Form.

    Admission decisions for Honours Psychology Co-op:  Decisions for Fall 2017 admission will be made after the Winter 2017 grades are official (not before May 19).

    For students admitted to departmental co-op, co-op will not show in their program on Quest until their 2B winter term, as this is the first term the student participates in the co-op job search process and pays the first co-op fee. 

    The department reserves the right to bump students from co-op if, after the Fall 2A term, a student's overall Psych average dips below that which is required (70% for Arts, 75% for Science).

  4. If applicable, Course exemption documentation.

    Those who have a credit for, or are currently registered in a course that might be anti-requisite or equivalent to a research methods course in psychology (e.g., PSYCH 291) or a statistics course in psychology (e.g., PSYCH 292, PSYCH 391) must submit a detailed course outline for that course including: a list of the topics covered, method of evaluation, and the title/author of the textbook  to the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (PAS 3007) with the Psychology Major application form.  Your request(s) for such an exemption must be approved by the Psychology Academic Advisor at the time of admission. The Psychology Advisor will follow up with you regarding course selection.

    Indicate your full name and student identification number on all documentation.

'Antirequisite' does not guarantee that the named courses are 'equivalent'.

If documented extenuating circumstances (e.g., illness or bereavement) affected your grades and you did not report this information on your Psychology Major Application Form, e-mail this information to the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor along with your Psychology program of choice, your full name, student identification number.

Contact us

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