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Please refer to the sections below for complete details on the UTSC Clinical Psychology graduate program's admission requirements and instructions on applying. Note the below information refers to the 2022-23 admissions cycle, which opens on October 1, 2021 and closes December 1, 2021.

2022-23 Admission Requirements & Applying

Important Deadlines

Please see the below deadlines for the 2022-23 admission cycle:

October 1, 2021

The UofT Admissions Application portal opens for applications to the MA & PhD UTSC Clinical Psychology programs. Prospective students can now start their application.

Dec 1, 2021
11:59pm EST

Application + Supporting Documentation Deadline. All application material, including letters of references and payment of the application fee, must be submitted by this deadline.

Late applications will not be considered. Applicants who pay their application fee after the deadline will not have their application considered and will not be eligible to receive a refund.

Feb 14-16, 2022

Invited Applicant Interviews.

September 2022

Start Date for Admitted Students.

 

Master of Arts - Admission Requirements

International Applicants: please refer below to the ‘Important Information for International Applicants’ section prior to applying.

  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 2022-23 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 of no more than three pages, single spaced. Use this space to discuss how your personal experience in research, academics, work, and/or volunteerism makes you an ideal candidate for our program. You may choose to dedicate one section of your personal statement to communicate about how your lived experience could bring a valuable and unique perspective to our program. For example, this might include a discussion of your identity (cultural or otherwise) or non-traditional trajectory to graduate school.
  7. A curriculum vitae.
  8. Identification of faculty supervisory arrangement and research of interest (Note: this information will be identified via questions included in the University of Toronto’s Admissions Application portal. For a list of Faculty accepting students for the current admission cycle, please visit: Clinical Faculty)

Doctor of Philosophy - Admission Requirements

International Applicantsplease refer below to the ‘Important Information for International Applicants’ section prior to applying.

Prospective students who already have an existing master’s degree in Clinical Psychology that is comparable to our MA program may be considered admissible 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 2022-23 admissions cycle***
  3. Two academic letters of reference.
  4. A personal statement of no more than three pages, single spaced. Use this space to discuss how your personal experience in research, academics, work, and/or volunteerism makes you an ideal candidate for our program. You may choose to dedicate one section of your personal statement to communicate about how your lived experience could bring a valuable and unique perspective to our program. For example, this might include a discussion of your identity (cultural or otherwise) or non-traditional trajectory to graduate school.
  5. A curriculum vitae.
  6. Identification of faculty supervisory arrangement and research of interest (Note: this information will be identified via questions included in the University of Toronto’s Admissions Application portal. For a list of Faculty accepting students for the current admission cycle, please visit: Clinical Faculty)

Important Information for International Applicants

Our program will be accepting international applications into our MA program for a Fall 2022 intake. Due to the structure of the federal/ provincial funding process, which prioritizes Canadian citizens and permanent residents, we are only able to admit one international applicant into our MA program on a bi-annual basis. For this current admission cycle (2022-23), we will be accepting international applicants.

Degree Equivalencies: 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.

English-Language Proficiency Testing: 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 International Admissions site.

Ready to Submit Your Application: Application Instructions

Application Instructions:

  • Login to the University of Toronto’s Admissions Application portal.
    • If you are a first-time applicant, click the link to 'Create an Account' to begin your application. You will receive a verification code via email as part of the account creation process. After entering your verification code, you will create a password for your account.
    • You may save and return to the application at any point in the process.
  • Select the correct program to apply to:
    • “Graduate Unit” = Department of Psychological Clinical Science (UTSC)
    • "Attendance Type" = Full-time (note we do not offer part-time options)
    • “Program of Study” = MA/ PhD – Counselling and Clinical Psychology (Field: Clinical Psychology)
      • Note: there are two fields within the Counselling and Clinical Psychology program at the University of Toronto, with each field requiring its own application. The School of Graduate Studies applications are not transferrable between programs.
  • Complete the biographical, academic history, and faculty supervision sections of the application. 
  • In the 'Additional Information' section, please list all awards and scholarships you have and/or are intending to apply to.
  • Pay your application fee. The UofT set application fee for Fall 2022 admission is $125. Note that your application will not be considered until your application fee is paid. The deadline to make this payment is December 1st, 2021 by 11:59pm.
  • To view the status of your application, including outstanding requirements, please log in to your account to view your applicant status portal. 
  • Supporting Documents: you can upload all supporting documents through your applicant status portal after submitting your application. Please note that additional supporting documents submitted beyond those outlined below will not be considered and/ or viewed as part of your application. To apply to our program, please upload the following documents:
    1. Unofficial transcripts + institutional grading key for each post-secondary program completed, attempted, or in progress. Please note that only unofficial electric transcripts are required at this point of the application process. Official transcripts, which are mailed directly from your previous institution(s), are only required for students who receive a letter of offer.
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Personal Statement
  • Letters of Reference: you will be required to enter information for two referees. Your referees will automatically receive a notification email that they have been requested to complete a reference for your application, along with instructions to submit their reference letter in the application system.
    • If you need to change your referees, please email clinicalpsych.utsc@utoronto.ca
    • If you need to send a reminder email to your existing referees, you can do so through your applicant portal after submitting your application.
      • Note: It is highly recommended that applicants contact their referees ahead of time to confirm both their availability and their preferred institutional email address. It is ultimately the responsibility of the applicant to ensure reference letters are submitted by the deadline.
  • The full application, including payment and letters of reference, is due December 1, 2021 by 11:59pm. Late applications will not be considered.

Additional notes:

All applications are submitted to the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) using the Slate Admissions Application system. The portal allows applicants to manage and submit biographical and educational information, as well as required supporting documents (i.e. Personal Statement, etc.) immediately and directly to the University. Applicants can edit in-progress applications prior to the deadline and check the status of all documents submitted using a secure password and User ID.

Applications will be considered official once the application fee is paid and all application materials submitted by the deadline. Materials and/ or payment received after the deadline will not be considered and will result in an incomplete application that will not be reviewed.

 

Admissions Data

Year
# of MA
Applicants
Offered
Admission
Accepted Offer
Ratio Female/
Male (%)
Average Undergrad
GPA of Admitted Students
Age Range of
Current Students
2021-22
436
4
4
100/0
3.88
23-35
2020-21
171
5
5
90/10
3.84
23-41
2019-20
144
8
3
67/33
3.85
24-40
2018-29
174
6
5
40/60
3.84
23-39
2017-18
144
7
5
80/20
3.88
22-38
2016-17
145
7
5
80/20
3.89
24-37
2015-16
134
6
5
80/20
3.77
23-36
2014-15
88
5
5
40/60
3.89
22-35
2013-14
67
5
5
60/40
3.54
24-34

 

Awards & Funding

Students enrolled in the MA and PhD programs receive a financial assistance package based on a combination of components (e.g., scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships). Currently, our program offers students in good academic standing a guaranteed minimum funding package of $22,000 plus tuition and incidental fees each year for a total of 6 years (2 MA years and 4 PhD years). Beyond the guaranteed minimum funding package, it is expected that competitive applicants will be applying for graduate awards and scholarships. For more information on award descriptions and deadlines, please visit: Graduate Awards & Scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information on our program and admission requirements, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact Us

After carefully reading the above information and visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page, should you still have further inquiries, please email clinicalpsych.utsc@utoronto.ca.

Please note that due to the volume of applications and inquiries, we do not provide individual assessments to prospective applicants prior to applying.