Graduate Training in Clinical Psychology

The UTSC Department of Psychology is very proud to announce the recent creation of the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, through which, in partnership with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), offers the Clinical Psychology field of the MA/PhD in Counselling and Clinical Psychology. This website focuses on information pertaining to Clinical Psychology at UTSC. Follow the menu on the left to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Since reference letters from admitting faculty will not be accepted, who exactly does this refer to--are they all of the individuals sitting on the selection committee or the professors indicated as potential supervisors on my application?

With regards to the reference letters, “admitting faculty” refers to the potential supervisors to whom you are applying.  Therefore, if you apply to work with a specific faculty member, that same person cannot also provide you with a reference letter.

How does application to your field affect my application to the OISE field? If I apply to your field but am not successful, will I still be considered for the field at OISE? Can I apply to both fields at the same time?

Admission decisions for the two fields are carried out independently.  If you wish to be considered for both fields, please submit two separate applications.

Are GRE scores required for the PhD program?

Although they are not officially listed, it is assumed that applicants to PhD program have already completed a Master’s degree for which they were required to complete and submit GRE scores.

The only date available for me to complete the GRE general and psychology subject tests is after the supporting documentation deadline. Can I still apply?

We cannot guarantee that application materials received after the deadline will be reviewed. However, you are still welcome to apply if you feel your application would still be considered competitive without these results. Please note however if you are invited to interview and an offer is made, your offer would be conditional pending your GRE results.

What scores are considered to be competitive for the GRE General and Psychology Subject tests?

Criteria for competitive scores are determined by means of comparison to other applicant scores in any given year. 

I applied to the Clinical Psychology program last year, should I still have the official GRE scores sent in again for my new application?

Yes. All components of the application including GRE scores should be sent in again for any new application. 

How is the admission GPA calculated? If I had less-than-stellar grades for my 3rd year of undergraduate studies for personal reasons but significantly higher grades in my 4th year, how would that be taken into consideration?

Admission GPA is calculated using your last 2 years of study. Applicants currently in the final year of their undergraduate program should note that courses currently in progress will not be included in this calculation.

Applicant Eligibility

What are the application deadlines?

For the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the application is due December 16, 2016 and the supporting documents are due January 2, 2017. Please visit the Admissions page for more information.

I have completed my undergraduate or graduate degree in a field that is not psychology. Can I still apply?

As stated on our website, students with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, statistics, biological science, and/or neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply, even if they have fewer than the suggested number of psychology courses. Students interested in completing coursework in psychology to meet admission requirements (i.e. at least 4.0 to 6.0 full course equivalents or 8 to 12 semester courses in psychology) can complete foundational courses such as statistics, methodology based courses, history of psychology and/or any senior level content area within the discipline (i.e. social, developmental, biological, cognitive, abnormal, etc.).

I have already completed my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at another institution. Should I apply directly to the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology?

Applicants interested in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology are encouraged to review our Master’s degree program requirements to assess equivalency of degree(s) completed at other institutions. Due to the high volume of requests, application materials will not be assessed by our program in advance of submitting a formal application. Only complete applications that have been submitted via the Online Admissions Application Portal will be reviewed for possible equivalency and/or transfer credits.  The alternative to applying to the direct entry Ph.D. program is to apply to the Master’s degree program in Clinical Psychology. Applicants should carefully review all program requirements when deciding on which degree program to apply for. Applicants should also be aware that the decision of which program to apply for (Master’s versus Ph.D.) may have implications for the type of graduate scholarship for which they may be eligible to apply for (e.g., Master’s versus Ph.D. graduate scholarships). In certain cases, it may be reasonable to consult with a core faculty member on this issue. Please note, however, that faculty can only provide a recommendation and that ultimately the decision on which degree (and corresponding level for scholarship funding) to apply for falls to the student.

Having completed my undergraduate/graduate degree as an international student, how can I verify that I meet the application criteria?

International degrees can be assessed with the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies (SGS) online tool.

I have a Master's in _______ (not clinical psychology). How do I know if this is equivalent enough to apply for the PhD?

Applicants should carefully review the “About Clinical Psychology” information on the website as well as the degree structure to have a clear understanding of the UTSC Clinical Psychology training model. Our graduate programs heavily emphasize both research and clinical training. You should compare your previous Master’s degree with our MA degree and look for key similarities and differences. It is ultimately up to the applicant to determine if they have the prior training to succeed in the PhD program. Also see FAQ: I have already completed my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at another institution. Should I apply directly to the PhD program in Clinical Psychology?

If I apply to the PhD program, would I automatically be considered for the MA program too?

Due to the volume of applications received, the admissions committee would appreciate thoughtful consideration be given to the applicant category as there is no guarantee that an applicant would be considered for a program for which they have not applied to. Thus, it is highly advisable that applicants carefully consider whether the PhD program or MA program is the more appropriate applicant category given any previous academic and/or professional training in the field prior to submitting an application (see FAQ: I have already completed my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at another institution. Should I apply directly to the PhD program in Clinical Psychology?).

How many courses can be missing from a previous Master’s degree in order to be considered for the PhD program?

Due to the high volume of requests, application materials cannot be assessed by our program in advance of submitting a formal application. Only complete applications that have been submitted via the Online Admissions Application Portal will be reviewed for possible equivalency. The unit does not provide a cut off for the number of permissible missing courses at the MA level. Courses at the MA level provide important foundational knowledge in the training and structure of the program. Thus, it is very important that applicants carefully consider the “fit” of any previous graduate training within the structure of our MA and PhD programs. Also see FAQ: If I apply to the PhD program, would I automatically be considered for the MA program too?