Admission Application

Application period

The online application will be open from September 1 to December 1, 2018 for September 2019 intake.


  • December 1 (for all required documents, excluding letters of reference)
  • December 15 (for letters of reference only)


It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documents relevant to the application are 1) uploaded in the proper format and 2) received by the application 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. Note once the deadline has passed, updated or additional documents will not be accepted. It is therefore important for applicants to ensure all documents are properly uploaded and submitted by the application deadline.

Applications will be reviewed starting in early December with early decisions made by mid-January. In the first weekend of February, we typically hold a recruitment event.  We invite a select number of applicants to this event, which includes meetings with faculty members, extensive conversations with members of research labs and social events with current graduate students.  Invitations to this event are extended directly by the prospective research supervisor.  All offers of admission will be made by April 1, 2019, and all applicants have until April 15, 2019 to decide whether to accept or decline the offer of admission.

Important note: Uploaded copies of documents in the application portal cannot be removed or deleted; all versions of submitted documents will be included in the application package.  Applicants are therefore advised to carefully proofread their documents before uploading. To present the most attractive application package, we recommend uploading each document only once.

  1. Official Transcripts: Scans of official transcripts with their grade keys (usually located on the back side of the transcript) of all university-level work must be uploaded as part of the online application. Scans of unofficial transcripts or transcripts without grading keys will be not accepted.  Please review the Graduate & Postdoctoral (G+PS) transcripts requirements page to ensure transcripts are submitted in the proper format.  Incomplete or incorrect transcript submissions will result in delay in review of your application.
    Canadian Transcript Requirements
    International Transcript Requirements
    Successful applicants will be required to provide a set of all official transcripts prior to being officially admitted. For transcripts that are issued in a language other than English, in addition to uploading digital copies of the documents in their original language, applicants must also provide a certified literal English translation of the transcripts from the home university’s translation service or a certified English translator.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume: Applicants must provide an up-to-date CV or resume detailing their academic and work history and noting any additional relevant experiences such as courses, presentations, publications and volunteer work.
  3. Reference Letters: Letters of reference from three previous instructors or research supervisors are required. Applicants 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.  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.  Detailed instructions will be sent directly to the referees upon official submission of admission applications.  For more tips on reference letters, visit the Letter of Reference page.
  4. Graduate Records Examination (GRE): All applicants are required to take the General GRE test.  The Psychology subject GRE test is optional. Tests must have been taken within the last five years.  Official GRE score reports may be submitted after the application deadline, but review of admissions application begins in early December.  Applicants should take the GRE test at an early date to ensure score reports are received by the December deadline.  Our institution code is 0965 and department code is 2016.  Score reports sent to the wrong department will result in delay in review of your application.
  5. Proof of English Language Proficiency: Applicants for whom a) the native language is not English and b) the language of instruction in their bachelor’s or master’s degree program was not English must complete an English proficiency test such as TOEFL or IELTS. English proficiency test scores may be submitted after the application deadline, but as review of applications begins in early December, test scores should be submitted no later than late December.  Information on English proficiency tests accepted by G+PS and minimum score requirements can be found at English Proficiency Requirements.
  6. Statement of Interest: All applicants must provide a detailed statement (1-2 pages) 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. For more tips, visit the Statement of Interest page.
  7. Writing Sample: Applicants may choose one example of their scholarly writing, such as a term paper or a substantial scholarly paper, to include with the application. Please note this is optional and not a required component of the application.