Gain access to excellent facilities that will enable you to pursue publishable research in various fields of psychology. Develop skills in scientific writing and presentation in order to better communicate your findings with other psychology experts.
Choose from one of two program options based on your own professional and academic objectives. Students in the Research Option receive rigorous training in psychological research that can lead to positions in academia or industry. The Clinical Training Option is best suited for students who are interested in both conducting research and pursuing careers as clinical psychologists. Graduates from the Research and Clinical Training Option also receive a Diploma in Clinical Psychology upon completion of their degree. Students who enrol in the MA Psychology program normally advance to the PhD program after either one or two years of study.
Two program options exist. The Research Option emphasizes independent research and scholarship, and prepares students for research careers. Students in the Clinical Training Option fulfill the same research requirements as other students, but also receive professional training in the delivery of psychological services.
Admission Requirements. Admission to the PhD degree requires a master’s degree in psychology from a recognized university. Admission to the MA degree requires an honours degree in psychology or its equivalent. Enrolment in these programs is limited in part by the availability of research supervisors and, for the Research and Clinical Training Option, by space in that option.
Applicants are selected on the basis of past academic record, letters of recommendation, the results of the Graduate Record Examination (optional, but highly recommended), and the relevance of their proposed research to the research expertise of the faculty. Students successfully completing their master’s program in psychology at Concordia University need submit only an application form and letters of recommendation when applying for the doctoral degree. Psychology graduate courses are not open to graduate-level independent students, except in specific circumstances as defined by the department.
Upon recommendation of their thesis supervisor, students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Psychology) program at Concordia University who have completed a minimum of 12 credits of graduate level course work and who have shown high academic performance and potential through performance in research may apply for accelerated admission to doctoral studies without submitting a master’s thesis. Approval for accelerated admission must be obtained from the student’s thesis committee and the graduate admissions subcommittee by August 15 to allow entry into the PhD program in the Fall term. Students in the Research and Clinical Training option may not obtain accelerated admission to the PhD program from MA Year I, but may apply for accelerated admission, upon recommendation of their thesis supervisor, from MA Year II.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Students receive a minimum of $17,500 per year in guaranteed funding during two years of MA, and three years of PhD study. The level of financial support is typically higher, particularly for students who obtain scholarship support from Concordia or external funding agencies. Funding packages are composed of some combination of scholarships, teaching assistantships, and funds from the research supervisor. Students are encouraged to apply for all external scholarships (e.g., CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, FRQS, FRQSC, NT).
Conference travel funding is also available for students who present their work at academic conferences.
Other awards available through the Faculty of Arts and Science include:
Concordia Merit Scholarship
Concordia University Graduate Fellowship
Out-of-Province Fee Remission Awards
Consideration for School of Graduate Studies Entrance Awards is automatically part of the admissions process for all new students.
Our faculty members are well known for their strong research profiles, as well as their engagement in collaborative research projects both within the Department and University, and with other laboratories in Canada and internationally.
The Association for Graduate Students in Psychology (AGSP) represents the collective interests of psychology graduate students at Concordia University. In addition to organizing orientation and end of year parties, the AGSP is responsible for placing student representatives on various departmental committees.
Students who enrol in the MA in Psychology are expected to continue in the program toward a PhD degree.
Graduates of our programs establish careers in the academic sector, including positions in research and teaching, as well as in research and academic support service both within college, university and government agencies. Many graduates also enter diverse careers within the private, and industrial sectors, typically related to the research focus of their graduate degree.
Our alumni work within universities, colleges, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, psychotherapy centres, contract research organizations, government agencies and police departments. Recent graduates are working as professors, research administrators, senior investigators, associate project managers and clinical co-ordinators. Graduates of the Research and Clinical Training Option are also prepared to establish practices in clinical psychology and delivery of psychological services.
Examples of companies and institutions our alumni are currently working for include:
CLINWest Research Inc.
Montreal Therapy Centre
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre