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Psychology

Program Overview

Graduate training in psychology stresses training in general experimental psychology, leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Areas of specialization include the following:

  • behavioural neuroscience;
  • perception, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience;
  • developmental;
  • social and personality.

For 2021-2022 admission cycle students will be considered for admission to PhD and direct-entry PhD programs only. Students will not be considered for admission to the MA program. 

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Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline PhD:

1-Dec-2020

PhD:

1-Dec-2020

Supporting documents deadline PhD:

1-Dec-2020

PhD:

1-Dec-2020

Minimum admission average PhD:

A–

PhD:

A–

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

Yes

PhD:

Yes

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? PhD:

During the admissions process

PhD:

During the admissions process

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

Admission conditional upon securing a supervisor

PhD:

Admission conditional upon securing a supervisor

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

Supervisors select applicants

PhD:

Supervisors select applicants

Program length (full-time only) PhD:

4 years; 5 years direct-entry PhD

PhD:

4 years; 5 years direct-entry PhD


Note: admissions to the Master of Arts program have been administratively suspended.

Master of Arts

Program Description

The MA program is designed to provide students with rigorous scientific training in experimental psychology. The program is one year in duration, during which time students obtain instruction in statistics and research design, and carry out a research project that culminates in a written thesis and oral examination. Students admitted to the MA program are expected to continue to the PhD program.

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum A– average (or first-class standing) in the last two undergraduate years, and the equivalent of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology including statistics and adequate research performance.

  • It is assumed that all students entering the MA program intend to continue in the PhD program.

Program Requirements

  • Courses and individual research training leading to a thesis.

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 2.0 FCEs as follows:

    • PSY1000H Directed Studies to prepare for the MA thesis research (0.5 FCE)

    • PSY2001H Statistics I, experimental design and statistics (0.5 FCE)

    • two half-course Psychology electives (1.0 FCE total).

  • MA thesis.

It is expected that following the MA year, students will proceed to the PhD program. To be eligible for admission, adequate research performance and at least an A– average are required.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The principal aim of the PhD program is to equip students with the skills to carry out advanced research within experimental psychology, and to become independent research scientists. Students work closely with a faculty adviser to develop and conduct a specialized (often multidisciplinary) program of research that ultimately culminates in a written dissertation and final oral examination. Through additional coursework and research opportunities, students gain breadth in their knowledge base and skill set in experimental psychology. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in academia, or a variety of non-academic careers where rigorous and in-depth research training is required.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Appropriate University of Toronto master's degree, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with a minimum A– average and adequate research performance.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: an advanced statistics course chosen from a list provided by the department (typically PSY2002H Statistics II, taken in Year 1).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3000H0 External Research Project, a research project course supervised by a faculty member other than the student's PhD supervisor, completed during Years 1 and 2.

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3001H0 Professional Psychology (Credit/No Credit), taken in two modules in Years 1 and 3.

    • 1.0 FCE in Psychology course electives. Of this requirement, 0.5 FCE can be achieved through two 0.25 FCE Psychology module electives (PSY3100H Psychological Science Skills).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY4000H0 Doctoral Research Project, thesis proposal, and oral exam (examination in the student's area of research).

  • PhD thesis.

  • Students may take other courses, but it is expected that the requirements will be completed in the first two years of the PhD program. Students admitted with a master's degree from another university will normally be required to fulfil the PhD course requirements; however, exemptions may be granted by the Graduate Director of the Department of Psychology.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Appropriate University of Toronto bachelor's degree, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with a minimum A– average and adequate research performance.

  • Applicants with a master’s degree in Psychology or a cognate discipline will likely be admitted to the four-year PhD program, whereas students with a master’s degree in an unrelated discipline will be admitted to the direct-entry PhD option. Such admission decisions will be made by the Graduate Director.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY1100H Foundational Research Project, a research project course supervised by the student's supervisor plus two other faculty members, completed during Years 1 and 2.

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY2001H Statistics I, an introductory statistics course taken in Year 1.

    • 0.5 FCE: an advanced statistics course chosen from a list provided by the department (typically PSY2002H Statistics II, taken in Year 1).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3000H0 External Research Project, a research project course supervised by a faculty member other than the student's PhD supervisor, completed during Years 2 and 3.

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3001H0 Professional Psychology (Credit/No Credit), taken in two modules in Years 1 and 3.

    • 2.0 FCEs in Psychology course electives. Of this requirement, 0.5 FCE can be achieved through two 0.25 FCE Psychology module electives (PSY3100H Psychological Science Skills).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY4000H0 Doctoral Research Project, thesis proposal, and oral exam (examination in the student's area of research).

  • PhD thesis.

  • Students may take other courses, but it is expected that the requirements will be completed in the first three years of the PhD program. Students admitted with a master's degree from another university will normally be required to fulfil the PhD course requirements; however, exemptions may be granted by the Graduate Director of the Department of Psychology.

Program Length

5 years full-time

Time Limit

7 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

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