Application Procedures

The applications will open September 1, 2017.  Complete the Online Application and note the following:

Application deadline (applies to all required documents, with the exception of the letters of reference): December 1, 2017.
Letter of Reference submissions deadline: December 15, 2017

Official transcripts of all university-level work must be uploaded as part of the online application.  Successful applicants will be required to provide an official copy of all transcripts prior to being officially admitted.  For more information on transcript requirements for both Canadian and international credentials, please refer to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
All applicants must provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume detailing academic and work history, and noting any additional relevant experiences such as courses, presentations, publication and volunteer work.

Reference letters
All applicants must receive favourable evaluations from three previous instructors or research supervisors. Students should choose referees who are most familiar with their abilities and research experience and who are able to comment on their ability to undertake graduate studies. Important: Applicants should provide an institutional email address for referees if possible. Referees with non-institutional email addresses (such as gmail or hotmail) will not be able to complete the reference online and will instead receive a paper reference form that must be submitted via mail in time to meet the December 15 deadline. For more tips on reference letters visit the Letters of Reference page.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
All applicants are required to take the General GRE test; Psychology subject GRE test is recommended but not required.  Tests must have been taken within the last five years. Scores on this exam are considered in evaluating the acceptability of an applicant. GRE scores may be submitted after the application deadline but as review of admissions application begins in early December, test scores should be submitted by late December. Successful applicants will normally score better than the 80th percentile. Note: our institution code is 0965 and our department code is 2016.

Statement of Interest
As part of the online application, all applicants must provide a 1-2 pages detailed statement of their interests and objectives in graduate studies in psychology. This statement is an important factor in determining admissibility. Another important factor in judging admissibility is the extent to which an applicant’s research and professional interests are congruent with those of members of the Department. Because we follow an apprenticeship model of graduate training, applicants must identify one or more faculty members who could act as potential research supervisors.

Proof of English proficiency
Proof of proficiency in the English language is required if English is not the applicant’s native language. Students must successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other English proficiency tests accepted by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to demonstrate this proficiency. English proficiency test scores may be submitted after the application deadline but as review of admissions application begins in early December, test scores should be submitted by late December. Note: if instruction in the applicant’s bachelor’s or master’s degree program was in English, then a test of English proficiency is not required. Further information can be found at English Proficiency Requirements page.

Writing Sample
You may choose to provide one example of your scholarly writing, such as a term paper or a substantial scholarly paper. Please note this is optional and not a required component of the application.

Qualified students may not be admitted because necessary supervisory and/or financial resources are not available. This is the primary reason for refusing a student. Students who are successful at obtaining a fellowship for graduate studies from agencies such as NSERC, CIHR, or SSHRC greatly increase their chances of admission to the program. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to one of these agencies. More information can be found on the Awards and Funding page.

Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documents relevant to the application are received and the application is complete by the deadline. Applicants are responsible for reviewing their application and document status through the online application portal; we are unable to notify individuals when documents are missing, incomplete, or inaccurate.  Files will be reviewed starting in early December with early decisions made by mid-January. All offers of admission will be made by April 1, 2018, and applicants have until April 15, 2018 to decide whether to accept or decline the offer of admission.

For more information on the application components and required documents visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.