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Psychology MA

Admission Requirements

  • Research Option: undergraduate degree in psychology or a closely related discipline.
  • Research and Clinical Training Option: honours undergraduate degree in psychology or its equivalent.
  • Completion of specific undergraduate courses required by federal and provincial licensing bodies, including an empirically based undergraduate thesis or its equivalent.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applications from students with non-psychology degrees are evaluated to assess whether they are sufficiently prepared for graduate studies in Psychology. Students who are lacking up to three of these courses may obtain the equivalency for the missing credits by taking appropriate undergraduate and/or graduate courses during their degree.

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, 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.

Accelerated Admission. 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 Option who obtain accelerated admission are not required to take the elective course (chosen from PSYC 700 PSYC 716 PSYC 721 PSYC 724 PSYC 725 PSYC 726 PSYC 727 PSYC 734) as part of their MA coursework. 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.

Language Requirements. Although no formal language courses or examinations are required, students intending to work in Quebec are strongly encouraged to develop a working knowledge of French. Students who plan to seek admission to the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ) are advised that Article 46 of the professional code of the Province of Quebec states that a working knowledge of French is required for professional certification.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Psychology Courses page for course descriptions.

Psychology MA Research Option

3

credits:

PSYC 601 Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design (3.00)

3

credits chosen from one of the following courses:

PSYC 644 Clinical and Health Research Area Seminar I (3.00)
PSYC 645 Cognitive Science Area Seminar I (3.00)
PSYC 646 Human Development Area Seminar I (3.00)
PSYC 647 Behavioural Neuroscience Area Seminar I (3.00)

6

credits:

PSYC 714 Central Topics in Psychology (6.00)

3

credits selected from the following courses in consultation with the thesis supervisor:

PSYC 716 Advanced Human Development (3.00)
PSYC 721 Special Topics Seminar (3.00)
PSYC 722 Focused Topic Seminar (1.50)
PSYC 724 Special Topics in Clinical and Health Psychology (3.00)
PSYC 725 Special Topics in Cognitive Science (3.00)
PSYC 726 Special Topics in Human Development (3.00)
PSYC 727 Special Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience (3.00)
PSYC 734 Multivariate Statistics (3.00)

30

credits:

PSYC 690 Research and Thesis (30.00)

Psychology MA Research and Clinical Training Option (45 credits)

Students in this option concurrently complete the courses indicated under Clinical Psychology Graduate Diploma .

3

credits:

PSYC 601 Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design (3.00)

0

credits chosen from one of the following courses:

PSYC 6440 Clinical and Health Research Area Seminar I (0.00)
PSYC 6450 Cognitive Science Area Seminar I (0.00)
PSYC 6460
PSYC 6470 Behavioural Neuroscience Area Seminar I (0.00)

3

credits from one of the following courses:

PSYC 721 Special Topics Seminar (3.00)
PSYC 722 Focused Topic Seminar (1.50)
PSYC 724 Special Topics in Clinical and Health Psychology (3.00)
PSYC 725 Special Topics in Cognitive Science (3.00)
PSYC 726 Special Topics in Human Development (3.00)
PSYC 727 Special Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience (3.00)

Note: Special Topics seminars may be taken multiple times provided that the course content has changed.

6

credits:

PSYC 714 Central Topics in Psychology (6.00)

3

credits:

PSYC 734 Multivariate Statistics (3.00)

30

credits:

PSYC 690 Research and Thesis (30.00)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits. In the case of the Diploma in Clinical Psychology, the time limit is 9 terms (3 years) for full-time students; for part-time students the time limit is 15 terms (5 years).
  3. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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