MA/PhD Degree - Counselling and Clinical Psychology (Field: Clinical Psychology)

The Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science offers a full-time, 2-year Master of Arts and 5-year Doctor of Philosophy degree program designed for applicants interested in a career as a clinical psychologist based on the Clinical Science model of training. Graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC prepares graduates primarily for research careers as psychological clinical scientists in university and academic medical settings.

This program is intended to meet the registration requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario at the doctoral level. For information about the registration requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, applicants are encouraged to contact the College directly.

This program is not intended to offer a terminal Master’s degree. However, we do not guarantee that all students who enter the Master’s program will be granted admission to the Ph.D. program; completion of all requirements in a timely and competent manner during the Master’s program is required. Full details of the MA/PhD requirements are outlined in the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies calendar.

At present, the new field in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is not accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Program Components and Timeline

  1. Course Work
  2. Execution of an original piece of research involving a rigorous study (or set of studies) conducted under close faculty supervision and presented in thesis form at the MA and PhD levels
  3. Clinical practicum placements and a one-year APA- or CPA-accredited clinical internship that will provide students with the clinical training to be eligible to seek registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
  4. Comprehensive Examination

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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. Completion of the Admissions Checklist.

These are requirements 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. See the Admissions section for full details.