Policies and procedures

Annual progress report

All graduate Psychology students must submit a progress report each year.

For 2020, graduate students in all areas other than Clinical must submit the Annual Progress Report Form by Monday, June 15. Please see the attached form for instructions and additional deadlines.

Clinical students follow a different set of procedures for their annual reports. The Director of Clinical Training will inform Clinical students what the deadline is for completing and submitting these forms (typically early April). Please see the Clinical SharePoint site for relevant forms.

Graduate research and supervision guide

Graduate students play a central role in the Department of Psychology—both in research and in teaching—and the Department is committed to providing all graduate students with an intellectually stimulating, flexible, inclusive, and supportive environment in which to pursue their work. 

The Graduate Research and Supervision Guide communicates what is expected of both the supervisor and student, and what can be done if issues arise in the supervisor-student relationship.

MA/MASc to Doctoral program application procedures

Current students completing a Psychology MA or MASc I/O program who wish to continue into a Psychology Doctoral program must submit an OUAC application.

  • Transcript(s), GRE and ELP test scores will be automatically uploaded from their Master’s application.
  • Students have a choice of submitting new references; however, if they wish to use their Master’s application references, they should list Cathy Spencer (cmspencer@uwaterloo.ca), Tammy Neal (tammy.neal@uwaterloo.ca), and their supervisor as their 3 referees on the OUAC application. Please let your supervisor know that you are not requesting a new reference.
  • Students are not required to submit a new Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and Letter – Personal Statement unless required by their supervisor.

Research travel assistantships

We strongly encourage Psychology graduate students to present their work at scientific conferences. The Graduate Studies Office and the Department of Psychology help defray the costs of attendance at conferences by graduate students presenting their research. There are forms to submit and important application deadlines. Please see the following link for details:

Research Travel Assistantships for Graduate Studies

Completing fillable forms

When completing a fillable form, you must save your changes to the form in an Adobe Acrobat pdf file or lose the information you completed.

All University of Waterloo work stations on campus have access to Adobe Acrobat Reader. Likewise, Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on all UW-owned laptops and machines purchased from research grants.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is also a free download that can be installed on home machines and laptops.

Instructions for completing a fillable form

Remunerating research participants

There are fairly strict guidelines governing the remuneration of research participants. Please see the following link for details:

Remuneration to Research Participants

Other policies and procedures

In addition to the practices and guidelines established by the Department of Psychology, policies and procedures relevant to graduate student activities are set out by the Graduate Studies Office, the Office of Academic Integrity, the Office of Research, and the UW Secretariat. See the following links for further information:

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA)

Office of Academic Integrity

Office of Research

University of Waterloo Secretariat