Procedures

The applications will open on August 15, 2014.  Complete the Online Application and note the following:

Deadline
Application deadline: December 1, 2014.

Transcripts
Two official copies of all university-level transcripts must be provided.

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. For more tips on reference letters visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All applicants should take both the General and the Subject components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The General GRE is required and the Psychology subject-test GRE 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. Scores greater than 80% on all components are normally required. Scores on this exam are considered in evaluating the acceptability of an applicant. 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 detailed statement of their interests and objectives 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, it is essential that students identify one or more faculty members who could act as potential research supervisors.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Proof of proficiency in the English language is required if English is not the native language. Students must successfully complete the TOEFL test (the minimum acceptable score is 550 written or 230 computerized) to demonstrate this proficiency. The Department of Psychology strongly recommends that the applicant also take the Test of Written English (TWE) component of the TOEFL examination and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). More information on English Proficiency Requirements.

Refusals
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 in Awards and Funding.

Note: Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to notify individuals when documents are missing. Please ensure your file is accurate, complete and submitted on time. If you plan to send materials in November, consider using a courier. Files will be reviewed starting in early December with early decisions made by mid-January. We will attempt to notify all applicants of our decision by April 1, 2015.

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