Admissions

How to Apply - 2017/18 Admissions

Applications must be submitted to the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) using the Online Admissions Application system. The online application allows applicants to manage and submit biographical and educational information, as well as specific documents (i.e. Personal Statement, etc.) immediately and directly to the University. Applicants can edit an in-progress application and check the status of all documents submitted using a secure password and User ID. The online portal opened October 3, 2016.

Prospective students should review the information below, along with the Frequently Asked Questions, before contacting the department.

Important Deadlines

Dec 16, 2016, 11:59pm EST Application Deadline (Online Payment)
Jan 2, 2017, 11:59pm EST Supporting Documentation Deadline (GREs, transcripts, reference letters, etc.)
Jan 22-24, 2017 Departmental Interview Days (invited candidates only)

Applications will be considered official once application materials are submitted before these deadlines. Materials received after these dates will not be included in your application resulting in an incomplete application that may not be reviewed.

Supporting documentation should be sent to:
Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science (MA/PhD Program)
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, Room SW427G
Toronto, ON M1C1A4

Important Note: Students who have applied to the Graduate Unit in Psychology must submit a separate application for the Counselling and Clinical Psychology graduate program. There are two fields within the Counselling and Clinical Psychology program and each field requires its own application. The School of Graduate Studies applications are not transferrable between programs.

Application Process Tips - PLEASE READ!

  1. Log in to the online admissions application (Opens October 3)
  2. Provide the biographical and education information requested. Please note that the "Graduate Unit" for the online application is the Department of Psychological Clinical Science (University of Toronto Scarborough).
  3. Be prepared to submit contact information for two academic referees (you will have the option to add additional non-academic referees). Your referees will be emailed automatically to submit a reference letter online.
  4. Submit your payment by December 16th, 2016. You will not be able to proceed any further until payment has been received.
  5. Complete and submit electronically the Psychological Clinical Science MA/PhD Program: Faculty Selection Form, noting the supervisory options on the form.  Applicants are advised to take note of which faculty are accepting new graduate students, and focus their efforts on preparing application materials rather than on contacting individual faculty members. Faculty will contact the applicants that they wish to interview on the basis of the application materials submitted.
  6. Upload your unofficial scanned transcripts for each post-secondary program completed, attempted, or in progress. Usually, this will be a scanned transcript, but in the case of Canadian post-secondary institutions, the applicant may submit a screen capture of their academic record from their institution's student web service. Please include an official grading key. The application review process will begin with your scanned transcripts alone. You may be asked to submit official paper transcripts before an admissions decision is finalized.
  7. Upload unofficial GRE scores for both the General and Subject tests and arrange for official scores to be sent directly to the Department (GRE Designated Institution Code: 3603, Department Code: 2001).
  8. Upload your Curriculum Vitae and Personal Statement.
  9. Arrange to complete and submit Official English Facility Test Results (if applicable).
  10. Upload the completed PCS Admissions Checklist.

It is expected that competitive applicants will be applying for graduate awards and scholarships.

Please do not send any follow-up emails to the department or individual faculty members inquiring about the status of your application. Candidates will be contacted directly for telephone/SKYPE interviews, as well as the in-person Departmental Interview Days.

International Applicants

Applicants whose degrees were obtained outside North America should check the SGS Admission Requirements. The International Degree Equivalencies Chart will help you assess whether you are eligible for entry into our graduate program.

If your primary language is not English and you have graduated from a non-Canadian University where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English. This can be accomplished by completing either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or its equivalent. This requirement must be met at the time of application. Additional information can be found at the University of Toronto Admissions site

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Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. A four-year bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a recognized university.
  2. At least an A- (or first class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study.
  3. Competitive scores on General and Subject tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  4. At least 4.0 to 6.0 full course equivalents (or 8 to 12 semester courses) in psychology, including statistics and some laboratory research experience. Students who are admitted to the program without 4.0 to 6.0 FCEs in required undergraduate coursework may be required to complete additional courses in the master's program. Students with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, statistics, biological science, or neuroscience are encouraged to apply even if they have fewer than the suggested number of psychology courses.
  5. Two academic letters of reference. Letters provided by admitting faculty will not be accepted.
  6. A personal statement describing your research, clinical interests and qualifications (maximum 3 pages, single-spaced).
  7. A curriculum vitae.
  8. Completion of the Psychological Clinical Science MA/PhD Program: Faculty Selection Form.
  9. PCS Admissions Checklist submission.

The requirements outlined above are for program entry at the MA level. Prospective students who already have an existing master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (and comparable to our MA program) may consider admissibility under the requirements of the PhD program:

  1. A master's degree with specialization in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent) from a recognized university, with a minimum A- average and excellent research performance.
  2. Two academic letters of reference.
  3. A personal statement.
  4. A curriculum vitae.
  5. Completion of the Psychological Clinical Science MA/PhD Program: Faculty Selection Form.
  6. PCS Admissions Checklist submission.