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Psychology Graduate Program (MA, PhD)

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MA and PhD (Clinical Psychology)


Thank you for your interest in our Master's and PhD in Clinical Psychology!
Please visit our How to Apply webpage for this year's deadline to apply with priority consideration.

The program is designed to train professional psychologists at the doctoral level and to meet all of the requirements for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  The program was accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association in 2012 for a 4-year term, and was reaccredited in 2016 for a 6-year term (Accreditation Office, Canadian Psychological Association, 141 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 702, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5J3,, 613-237-2144 x.328, 1-888-472-0657 x328).

The Department of Psychology’s Clinical Psychology Program is rooted in a scientist-practitioner training model. As such, training is firmly grounded in empirically-supported practice and clinically-relevant research.  We emphasize the training of clinical scientists who think like scientists in the clinic, and who conduct research that is informed by clinical observation. The Clinical Psychology Program is also committed to providing experiences that are developmentally sequenced and tailored to individual students’ training needs so that students are prepared for advanced professional training upon graduation and registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario or other similar regulatory bodies.

Students in our program become clinician scientist-practitioners through our training by completing a curriculum that emphasizes the reciprocal associations among theory, scientific findings, and clinical practice.  They attend evidence-based clinical rounds, deliver case conferences, contribute to the scientific literature, complete practicum placements that promote empirically-supported psychological practice, and promote professional psychology in a range of settings.

Consistent with this mission, our goals for students in our program are as follows:

1)   To acquire a breadth of knowledge in the theory, science, and practice relevant to clinical psychology, with a lifelong commitment to pursing this knowledge


  • Identify with and appreciate psychology as a discipline and the continuing advancements in the field
  • Acquire knowledge of a broad domain of psychological theories and research
  • Acquire an advanced understanding of the symptoms and theories accounting for various forms of psychopathology and other clinical problems
  • Acquire knowledge in the theory, science, and practice of clinical assessment
  • Develop knowledge in the theory, science, and practice of psychotherapeutic interventions, with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions

2)   To develop skills in the design, implementation, and critique of empirical research


  • Develop knowledge of research methods and statistics
  • Develop ability to objectively evaluate clinical research
  • Demonstrate competence in preparing research protocols
  • Demonstrate competence in implementing independent research relevant to clinical psychology

3)   To demonstrate competence in evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention, including attention to issues of diversity and potential interprofessional collaboration


  • Demonstrate ability to use the evidence base in assessment and treatment
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of ethical and professional standards in academic and clinical settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and diversity-related aspects of psychology
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate in interprofessional environments


The curriculum includes courses covering core clinical topics (e.g., psychopathology, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, professional issues and ethics), research methods and statistics, other topics related to clinical psychology (elective courses), and other core areas.

The program also includes clinical practicum placements providing an opportunity to put new skills into practice. Clinical practica can take place in a wide range of institutions and agencies, including our own department Psychology Training Clinic, local hospitals, mental health agencies and clinics, university counselling centres, schools, and private clinical practices.

A minimum of 11 courses (including one clinical practicum) are required at the MA level. These courses, along with an MA thesis, are completed in two years.

For the PhD, eight courses are required (including two clinical practica). All PhD students in the clinical area also complete a doctoral dissertation, as well as a comprehensive breadth requirement, and a full-time accredited clinical internship in their final year of the PhD. Including the internship, the PhD is expected to be finished in four years, after the MA is completed.

Our students hail from some of the top universities, and bring with them a diversity of research and clinical backgrounds. Please see the statistics on our applicants, current students, and graduates.