Admissions - How to Apply

***UPDATE July 2020***: Applicants applying in the 2021-22 admissions cycle will not be required to submit GRE scores (general or subject tests scores) when applying to the MA or PhD program. 

Additional Updates:

October 29 - Your application will not be processed further, including the referee request, until you have paid the application fee. 

October 29 - NEW faculty supervisor added to the Faculty Selection Form



Please review the information below and consult the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us.

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.

Applications will be considered official once application materials are submitted by the 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

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.

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Important Deadlines for the 2020-21 Admissions Cycle

October 1, 2019 Online Admissions Application systems opens
Dec 1, 2019, 11:59pm EST Application Deadline + Supporting Documentation Deadline (GRE scores, transcripts, reference letters, etc.)
Jan 27-29, 2020 Departmental Interview Days (invited candidates only)
September 2020 Start Date for Admitted Students

Minimum Requirements: MA Admission

  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) ***UPDATE: GRE scores will NOT be required for the 2021-22 admissions cycle***
  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 - UPDATED OCT 29
  9. GD-PCS Admissions Checklist submission

Minimum Requirements: PhD Admission

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. Competitive scores on General and Subject tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) ***UPDATE: GRE scores will NOT be required for the 2021-22 admissions cycle***
  3. Two academic letters of reference
  4. A personal statement
  5. A curriculum vitae
  6. Completion of the Psychological Clinical Science MA/PhD Program: Faculty Selection Form - UPDATED OCT 29
  7. GD-PCS Admissions Checklist submission

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

NOTE: ***We are not considering international applicants for the 2020-21 academic year***


Ready to Submit Your Application

  •  Complete the biographical and educational sections

“Graduate Unit” = Department of Psychological Clinical Science (University of Toronto Scarborough)

  • Submit contact information for 2 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. Note: Your referees will not be contacted until after your application fee is paid
  • Submit your payment ASAP; you cannot proceed further otherwise. Note the full application is due December 1, 2019

NB: Once you have submitted your application fee, your application will move into "Documents Pending" status. If you require any changes to your application during the "Documents Pending" status, please contact us as you will not be able to make the change yourself.

  • Upload unofficial transcripts + official grading keys for each post-secondary program completed, attempted, or in progress
  • Upload your CV
  • Upload your Personal Statement
  • Upload the Department Faculty Selection Form - FORM UPDATED OCT 29
  • Upload the Admissions Checklist


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

After Submitting Your Application

  • Your application will be reviewed and we will invite select candidates to interview during the Departmental Interview Days
  • All applicants will be officially notified of our admissions decisions
  • Please do not contact us to follow up on the status of your application; candidates will be contacted directly for telephone/SKYPE interviews, as well as the in-person Departmental Interview Days.