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UPDATES for the 2021-22 admission cycle:

  • The application period for the 2021-22 admission cycle is now closed. Successful candidates will be contacted directly for virtual departmental interviews from January 25-27, 2021. You can login to the Online Admissions Application system to check the status of your application. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.


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 all application materials are submitted by the deadline. Materials received after the deadline will not be included in your application and may result in an incomplete application that will not be reviewed.

Please note: There are two fields within the Counselling and Clinical Psychology program within the University of Toronto, with each field requiring its own application. The School of Graduate Studies applications are not transferrable between programs.

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Important Deadlines for the 2021-22 Admissions Cycle

October 1, 2020 Online Admissions Application systems opens
Dec 1, 2020, 11:59pm EST Application Deadline + Supporting Documentation Deadline (Transcripts, reference letters, etc.)
Jan 25-27, 2021 Departmental Virtual Interview Days (invited candidates only)
September 2021 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 2021-22 Faculty Selection Form (Updated October 29, 2020)
  9. 2021-22 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 2021-22 Faculty Selection Form (Updated October 29, 2020)
  7. 2021-22 Admissions Checklist submission


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.

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 International Admissions site.

Ready to Submit Your Application

  •  Complete the biographical and educational sections
    • “Graduate Unit” = Department of Psychological Clinical Science (UTSC)
    • "Program" = Counselling and Clinical Psychology (UTSC)
    • "Degree Program" = MA/ PhD - Counselling and Clinical Psychology (Field: Clinical Psychology)
  • 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, including payment, is due December 1, 2020
  • NOTE: 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
    • NOTE: official transcripts, which are mailed directly from your previous institution(s), are only required for students who receive a letter of offer
  • Upload your CV
  • Upload your Personal Statement
  • Upload the Department Faculty Selection Form
  • Upload the Admissions Checklist


After Submitting Your Application

  • Your application will be reviewed and we will invite select candidates to virtual interviews 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 virtual interviews during Departmental Interview Days