Psychology

Program Overview

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

  • biology and behaviour;
  • perception, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience;
  • development;
  • social, personality, and abnormal psychology.

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Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline MA, PhD:

1-Dec-2019

MA, PhD:

1-Dec-2019

Supporting documents deadline MA, PhD:

5-Dec-2019

MA, PhD:

5-Dec-2019

Minimum admission average MA:

A– average (or first-class standing) in the last two undergraduate years

PhD:

A–

MA:

A– average (or first-class standing) in the last two undergraduate years

PhD:

A–

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

During the admissions process

MA, PhD:

During the admissions process

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

Admission conditional upon securing a supervisor

MA, PhD:

Admission conditional upon securing a supervisor

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

Supervisors select applicants

MA, PhD:

Supervisors select applicants

Program length (full-time only) MA:

1 year

PhD:

4 years

MA:

1 year

PhD:

4 years


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 some laboratory experience.

  • 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.

  • In the MA year, students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​​PSY 1000H Directed Studies to prepare for the MA thesis research (0.5 FCE)

    • PSY 2001H Design of Experiments 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 normally 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.
 

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

  • Minimum of two years of residence beyond the master's degree, but usually takes at least three years. Applicants with a master's degree from another university may be required to enrol in a three-year residence program, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

  • Individual programs of study are planned and include continuing research training with staff members. There is no language requirement.

  • PSY 3000H0 Research Project in Psychology, usually taken in PhD 1. This is a research project course supervised by a faculty member other than the student's PhD supervisor. It is a one-session course spread over PhD 1.

  • PSY 3001H Scientific and Professional Psychology, usually taken in PhD 1.

  • An advanced statistics course chosen from a list provided by the department (typically PSY 2002H Design of Experiments II, usually taken in PhD 1).

  • Two half course Psychology electives (1.0 FCE total).

  • PSY 4000H0 thesis proposal and oral exam (examination in the student's area of research).

  • PhD thesis.

  • Students may take other courses as they wish, 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 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.



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