Ranked among the world’s top psychology departments, UBC Psychology is a leader in research and scholarship at the graduate and postgraduate level.

Graduate students form an integral part of the department’s research and teaching activities, representing the future of psychology research and discovery. Our 57 faculty members and 124 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conduct research across the spectrum of psychology representing these sub-disciplinary specializations: Behavioural NeuroscienceClinicalCognitive ScienceDevelopmentalHealthQuantitative Methods, and Social/Personality.

The strength of our graduate program lies in the highly productive research faculty, well-organized programs of study, extensive opportunities for student-faculty interaction, and rich offering of research specializations. Our faculty are renowned for their research expertise in happiness, language acquisition, gambling, child development, gender roles, environmental behaviour, neuroscience, and many other areas of psychology. Our research programs are well-funded by major national granting agencies, and our faculty are committed to research excellence and interdisciplinary collaborations within UBC’s Faculties of Medicine, Science and Arts, the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and many other institutions around the world.


Our graduate program is a unitized MA-PhD program; we do not admit applicants who intend to complete only the MA program. To be eligible for our PhD program, applicants must have completed a thesis-based MA/MSc degree in Psychology. Applicants with a BA/BSc in Psychology are not eligible for the PhD program and must apply to the MA program first. The MA program is a 24-month program, which is typically followed by an average of four to five years to complete the PhD program. There is one intake per year (September) and each year, the Department of Psychology accepts a total of 15-20 graduate students from approximately 300 applicants.

Admissions information and requirements can be found on our Prospective Students page and additional information on program structures and requirements can be found on our Current Students page.