The clinical program receives approximately 130 applications each year and typically makes offers of admission to four to seven students each year. The program encourages applications from qualified students from a diverse range of backgrounds and refrains from systematically excluding students on the basis of personal factors not relevant to probability of success in graduate school, including race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, or physical disability.

Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for information on the applicant pool and incoming class for the doctoral program in clinical psychology over the past 5 years as well as other important information about our students and program.

Admission to the Clinical program is highly competitive; preference is given to applicants who have demonstrated interest in the scientific basis of clinical psychology as well as practice.  All students must complete an empirically-based master’s thesis prior to being accepted into the Ph.D. program.  Students who plan to terminate their studies at the master’s level are not accepted into the clinical training program, and the master’s program is not designed to prepare graduates for independent practice.  Applicants with master’s degrees in non-clinical specialty areas and/or from other universities are not automatically admitted to the clinical Ph.D. program.  Equivalence of degrees is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Being the recipient of a fellowship substantially increases an applicant’s chances to be admitted.  Application deadlines for fellowships are between September and December of the preceding year.  Agencies that should be considered by clinical applicants are SSHRC, CIHR, and NSERC as well as various provincial and specialty agencies (like the Cancer Society or Heart Foundation).  Foreign students are eligible for university-based fellowships, and in some cases Commonwealth Fellowships or Government of Canada Awards; applications for the latter two must be made through the applicant’s native country

In compliance with British Columbia’s Criminal Records Review Act, students in the Clinical program must pass a criminal records check before admission and every 5 years thereafter. The Criminal Records Review Act is designed to help protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or exploitation. Offers of admission to the Clinical program are contingent upon applicants consenting to and passing the criminal records check, which covers offences deemed relevant for those working with children and vulnerable adults. For information about which sections of the Criminal Code are designated as relevant offences, consult the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Applicants will receive detailed information about the criminal records check at the time of conditional admission.

Aboriginal Students who are thinking of applying to the Clinical Psychology program and have questions can contact Paul Hewitt, the Director of Clinical Training, who can talk with you about the application process. phewitt[at]