Counselling and Clinical Psychology – Field in Clinical Psychology (UTSC)

Program Overview

Clinical Psychology is one of two fields offered in the Counselling and Clinical Psychology program, leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. This program is intended for students seeking to pursue careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice. At the time of application, prospective students will be required to identify a preference for this field and a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.

The Clinical Psychology field is offered primarily by the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus.

The other field, Clinical & Counselling Psychology, is offered primarily by the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development​ (of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education [OISE] at the downtown St. George campus).​

Please note: the Department of Psychological Clinical Science will not be able to consider international applicants during the 2019-20 application cycle for admission in September 2020. 


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MA, PhD:

1-Dec-2019

MA, PhD:

1-Dec-2019

Supporting documents deadline MA, PhD:

1-Dec-2019

MA, PhD:

1-Dec-2019

Minimum admission average MA:

A– (or first-class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study

PhD:

A-

MA:

A– (or first-class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study

PhD:

A-

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

No

PhD:

No

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA, PhD:

After

MA, PhD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MA, PhD:

No

MA, PhD:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

Program length (full-time only) MA:

6 sessions

MA:

6 sessions

Program length (full-time only) PhD:

5 years

PhD:

5 years


Master of Arts

Program Description

The field in Clinical Psychology is offered primarily by the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at UTSC. Clinical Psychology at UTSC adheres to a Clinical Science model of training. Housed within the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, the primary and overriding objective of graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to foster exceptional clinical scientists according to the highest standards of research and professional practice.

Graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC has primary research strengths in the areas of: clinical neuropsychology and neurosciences; personality and psychological assessment; and mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies.

A unifying theme of faculty research in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to advance the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, especially depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, and neurocognitive disorders, such as dementia due to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

The full-time, two-year MA program is designed for applicants interested in working as researchers or practitioners in a variety of psychological and educational settings. This program enables students to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) as a Psychological Associate. It also meets the needs of students who plan to apply to the PhD program in Counselling and Clinical Psychology.
 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Psychological Clinical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with at least an A– (or first-class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study, and at least 4.0 to 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology including statistics and some laboratory research experience. Students who are admitted to the program without 4.0 to 6.0 FCEs in required undergraduate coursework may be required to complete additional courses in the master's program. Applicants with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, statistics, biological science, or neuroscience are encouraged to apply.

  • Competitive scores on General and Subject (Psychology) tests of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

  • Two academic letters of reference.

  • A personal statement.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • Completion of the Psychological Clinical Science MA, PhD Program Faculty Selection Form.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or its equivalent according to SGS regulations, prior to submitting the application. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. The Clinical Psychology field for the MA in Counselling and Clinical Psychology requires 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including an ethics course, practicum-based courses, a clinical practicum, and a thesis.

    • 4.5 FCEs as follows:​​​​​​​​​​

      • Year 1: CPS 1601H Psychopathology (0.5 FCE); CPS 1701H Psychological Assessment I (0.5 FCE); CPS 1702H Psychological Assessment II (0.5 FCE); CPS 1801H Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE); and CPS 1901H Ethics (0.5 FCE).

      • ​​​​Year 2: CPS 1101H Clinical Research Design (0.5 FCE); CPS 1102H Statistical Techniques I (0.5 FCE); CPS 1802H Applied Interventions in Clinical Psychology (0.5 FCE); CPS 1803H Practicum in Psychological Interventions (0.5 FCE).
    • 0.5 FCE: Students must complete a clinical practicum at a pre-approved placement site in the final summer of the program (CPS 2999H Summer Practicum).

  • Research thesis to be completed and orally defended in Year 2 of the program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The field in Clinical Psychology is offered primarily by the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at UTSC. Clinical Psychology at UTSC adheres to a Clinical Science model of training. Housed within the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, the primary and overriding objective of graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to foster exceptional clinical scientists according to the highest standards of research and professional practice.

A unifying theme of faculty research in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to advance the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, especially depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, and neurocognitive disorders, such as dementia due to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

The PhD program is designed for applicants interested in a career as a clinical psychologist based on a Clinical Science model of training. Graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC prepares graduates primarily for research careers as psychological clinical scientists in university and academic medical settings. The PhD program has research strengths in clinical neuropsychology and neurosciences; personality and psychological assessment; and mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies.

It is distinguished by its innovative cross-disciplinary approach that emphasizes scientific innovation through novel research collaborations that push traditional boundaries in clinical psychology. Importantly, the program meets the needs of students who plan to engage in research, teaching, and/or evidence-based clinical practice. This program is intended to meet the registration requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)​ at the doctoral level.

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program (Clinical Psychology field) is offered on a full-time basis, and progress in the program will be reviewed annually.
 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Psychological Clinical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent) from a recognized university, with a minimum A– average and excellent research performance.

  • Competitive scores on General and Subject (Psychology) tests of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

  • Two academic letters of reference.

  • A personal statement.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or its equivalent according to SGS regulations, prior to submitting the application. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The PhD program requires 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including coursework, three clinical placements, plus a comprehensive examination, thesis proposal, thesis, and thesis defence:

    • 4.0 FCEs in coursework, normally completed by the end of Year 3 (CPS 1103H, CPS 1201H, CPS 1301H, CPS 1401H, CPS 1501H, CPS 1809H, CPS 3801H, CPS 3901H).

    • Completion of two one-day courses (CPS 2901H and CPS 2902H) assessed as Credit/No Credit (0.0 FCE).

    • 2.0 FCEs in clinical work:

      • ​​​1.0 FCE in two separate part-time clinical placements during Years 1 and 2 (CPS 3999H and CPS 4999H).

      • 1.0 FCE in a one-year, full-time clinical internship at a Canadian Psychological Association- or American Psychological Association-accredited clinical setting (or equivalent), which normally takes place during Year 5 (CPS 5999Y). Eligibility for the clinical internship will be assessed by the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) prior to Year 4 of the program.​

  • The comprehensive examination requirement consists of two mandatory components:

    1. ​​​​​​An oral examination focused on clinical expertise (normally completed in the Fall session of Year​ 2); and

    2. A research-focused grant proposal (normally completed in the Fall session of Year 2).

    • ​A pass on both components is required for a student to continue on to PhD candidacy. Students who fail the oral exam will have the opportunity to retake the exam. Students who fail the grant proposal will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit. Students who fail either or both component(s) on the second attempt should consult the School of Graduate Studies’ Academic Appeals Policy. If after the appeals process and second attempts at either or both component(s) result in a failure, the student will no longer be eligible to continue in the PhD program. Guidelines on the comprehensive requirement can be found in the PCS Graduate Handbook.

  • Thesis proposal, normally approved prior to the start of Year 3 of the program.

  • Completed thesis.

  • Successful defence of the thesis at the Final Oral Examination.

  • For students interested in acquiring additional clinical hours, the PhD program provides the following optional courses: CPS 6999H and CPS 7999H. Please note that optional courses for the PhD must be approved by the faculty supervisor, the DCT, and the Graduate Chair prior to course enrolment.

  • Supervisors will have annual meetings with students to assess academic progress and to develop plans of study. The DCT will also hold formal annual meetings with students to assess clinical and professional progress.​

  • The program length is five years, which includes a pre-doctoral internship.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

6 years

Tara Gralnick

“My goal is to become a practising psychologist with strong skill sets as both a clinician and researcher.”

Tara Gralnick
PhD Candidate, Counselling & Clinical Psychology
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