At the University of Toronto (UofT), the Counselling and Clinical Psychology graduate studies (MA, PhD) are housed under two fields:
These fields are distinct, each having its own admission requirements, program of study, supervision, etc. The FAQ page here pertains to the Clinical Psychology field at UTSC only, henceforth referred to as “our field” or “your field.”
After you have carefully read the below information, should you still have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have completed my undergraduate or graduate degree in a field that is not psychology. How will this affect my application?
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.
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 Program Overview – Clinical Psychology webpage 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 cutoff 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?
How will Credit/ No Credit (pass/fail) grades impact the evaluation of my transcripts in the admissions process and GPA calculation?
At least an A- (or first class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study is required for admission to the MA program. This is typically calculated using 10 full-course equivalents (FCES). In cases where the final 2-years include Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail) grades, these grades will be removed from the calculation of the admission GPA. Note that the admissions committee may review grades obtained in other senior level psychology, statistics, and research method courses, even if completed outside of the final 2-years of undergraduate study.
Are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General and Psychology Subject tests necessary for my application to your field?
The General and Psychology Subject tests will not be required for the 2022-23 admissions cycle.
How is the admission GPA calculated?
Admission GPA is calculated using your last 2-years of undergraduate study, or 10.0 full course equivalents. Students who complete additional non-degree undergraduate courses and/or graduate studies after completing their Bachelors degree will have these grades considered as part of their application, however they will not entirely replace the GPA earned during the final 2-years of undergraduate study.
I am currently completing my final year of undergrad and my final year marks will not be available by the application deadline. How will my GPA be calculated without these grades?
Applicants currently in the final year of their undergraduate program should note that courses currently in progress will not be included in this calculation (e.g. any course grades earned after the December 1st application deadline will not be considered). The last 10.0 full course equivalent grades to appear on your transcript, including going back to your 2nd year grades, will be used instead in the GPA calculation.
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 my 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.
Can this program be completed on a part-time basis?
No, both the MA and PhD programs are only offered on a full-time basis.
Does completion of the PhD in either the UTSC or OISE fields lead to competency in "Clinical Psychology" with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)?
Both fields leading to the PhD degree in Counselling and Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto are intended to meet the registration requirements of CPO at the doctoral level. Our field is specifically intended to satisfy requirements for competency in Clinical Psychology with CPO. For information about CPO’s registration requirements and guidelines regarding specific competencies, applicants are encouraged to contact CPO directly: cpo.on.ca/contact-us/.
What is the difference between the Counselling & Clinical Psychology programs offered at UTSC and OISE?
Both the OISE and UTSC fields provide rigorous clinical training. The UTSC program is designed for applicants interested in careers as clinical psychologists based on the Clinical Science model of training and research careers as psychological clinical scientists in university and academic medical settings. A unifying theme of our faculty's is to advance the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, especially depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, and neurocognitive disorders, such as dementia due to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. For more information on the OISE field, please visit: OISE - Counselling and Clinical Psychology.
Is your field accredited by the Canadian Psychology Association (CPA)?
Yes, the Clinical Psychology graduate program at UTSC is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association.
Where may I find the list of professors supervising students in your field?
An updated list of faculty interested in taking students for the current admission cycle can be found on our Clinical Faculty webpage.
Am I required to secure a supervisor before I apply?
Students are not required to secure a supervisor prior to applying. While applicants are advised to focus their efforts on preparing application materials, it is also okay for prospective applicants to contact faculty accepting students to see if their experience and research interests is a good fit. Please refer to the Clinical Faculty webpage for a complete list of faculty accepting students in the current admission cycle.
Having completed my undergraduate or 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 International Degree Equivalencies Chart.
What funding is available to students?
Currently, the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science offers students in good academic standing a guaranteed minimum funding package of $21,000 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, applicants are highly encouraged to apply for external funding. Please refer to the Graduate Funding and Awards webpage for complete details.
As an internationally educated professional currently in the process of registering with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), the College has requested that I complete a certain additional courses to gain my certification. Can I be granted access to these select graduate courses without enrolling in the entire program?
Currently, only students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Counselling and Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto have access to our graduate courses.