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Psychology (MA, PhD)

Part of the Faculty of Arts

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts or PhD

Launched in 2007, this innovative program offers study in the fields of Psychological Science or Clinical Psychology under a core faculty trained at and recruited from top universities in Canada, the United States and around the world. In a department known for its experiential and career-focused learning, and with a curriculum anchored in real-world issues, the graduate program takes advantage of its downtown Toronto location to offer proximity to major sites for practicum training and clinical research, and world-class training opportunities. The department has more than 15,000 square feet of research and student training space designed from the ground up to meet the specialized research needs of the department.

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Ryerson Psychology PhD candidates Rachel Bar (left) and Fiona C. Thomas received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships in 2017. Photo by Clifton Li.

At a Glance

MA

  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree in psychology
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.67/4.33 (A-) in the last two years of study
  • Two academic references
  • GRE (General Test required; Subject Test recommended but optional)

PhD

  • Completion of a master’s degree in psychology
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.67/4.33 (A-)
  • Two academic references
  • GRE (General Test required; Subject Test recommended but optional)

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • Clinical Psychology (accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association)
  • Psychological Science with four core research areas:
    • Brain, Perception and Cognition
    • Community and Health Psychology
    • Lifespan Development
    • Social Psychology

In addition to traditional course work and thesis/ dissertation milestones, students complete practicum placements where they apply their knowledge and skills. Some recent research and clinical practicum sites include:

  • Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Duke University Medical Centre (North Carolina)
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York)
  • Ontario Correctional Institute
  • Pelly Crossing School (Yukon)
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • The PRTC and Stress Institute features 31 dedicated research laboratories and groups; shared observation rooms; flexible interview, research and group therapy rooms; seminar and conference rooms; graduate student space; and offices.
  • Specialized research equipment and technology include EEG; psychophysiology, BioPac and BioLynx ambulatory systems; face/emotion capture and eye tracking; headmounted virtual reality with scenario suite; a sound attenuated chamber; and an assay laboratory.
  • The Clinical Psychology Program offers a unique practicum experience through its Psychology Training Clinic located within the St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team Clinic at 80 Bond Street. The Clinic is outfitted with state-of-the-art video recording equipment.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153
E-mail: grdadmit@ryerson.ca
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Program Contacts

Dr. Julia Spaniol
Graduate Program Director
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2268
E-Mail: jspaniol@ryerson.ca

Sarah Edmunds
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2178
Fax: 416-979-5153
E-Mail: psychgrad@psych.ryerson.ca

“Ryerson’s Psychology program has provided me with the skills and opportunities to conduct high-level research that aims to change how we view sexual violence. The knowledge that my research has the potential to translate into clinical and policy recommendations to increase the safety of Canadians is incredibly rewarding.”

Andrew Brankley, PhD student and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient (2014-17)

Student Profile

Ella Dubinsky (psychology MA alumna and PhD student, and 2017 Ryerson 3MT® winner and Canadian 3MT® finalist) explores using music to improve hearing in aging adults.

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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.