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Forensic Psychology (PhD)

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Program Information

School:Ontario Tech University - Graduate Studies
Faculty:Social Science and Humanities
Field of Study:Forensic Psychology
Description:The PhD in Forensic Psychology combines disciplinary and specialized study in Forensic Psychology, study in research methods and statistics, and applied learning experiences to prepare students to work in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program will prepare students for careers related to the following:

  • Administration in provincial and federal programs.
  • Advertising and marketing.
  • Behavioural science and statistical research in government organizations.
  • Design and evaluation of community programs.
  • Research and/or teaching in college and university settings.
  • Research and practice in behavioural science crime units within law enforcement.
  • Research in mental health institutions, hospital settings, justice-related institutes, correctional facilities, the pharmaceutical industry and educational entertainment industry.
  • Trial consulting.

The program will also allow professionals (e.g., law enforcement officials) to advance in their current fields.

Each year, a small number of undergraduate students may be admitted directly into the PhD program without a master's degree. This direct-entry option is for undergraduate students with exceptional academic performance throughout their bachelor's degree.
URL:Forensic Psychology (PhD) at Ontario Tech University - Graduate Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,579

Cost is per year, based on 3 terms.

Admission Requirements


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    • Hold the university's Master of Science (MSc) degree in Forensic Psychology or an equivalent research project or thesis-based Master of Arts/MSc degree (e.g., Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Biology, Criminology) at a recognized institution.
    • Minimum academic standing of A-minus (GPA: 3.7 on a 4.3 scale or 80 to 84 per cent) during graduate study.

    Test Scores:
    • Graduate Record Examination

    There is no specified minimum score; however, scores will be factored into admission decisions.

    Application Notes : There is no specified minimum score; however, scores will be factored into admission decisions.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
    • A curriculum vitae (CV) including education, employment, teaching and research experience, and publications (if any).
    • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. There is no specified minimum score; however, scores will be factored into admission decisions.
    • Psychology GRE scores for those applicants who have not completed a Psychology (undergraduate or graduate) degree within the last five years. There is no specified minimum score. All other applicants may still choose to have their Psychology GRE scores forwarded to the university, and the graduate committee will factor the scores into admissions decisions.
    • A third letter of reference. Academic referees are preferred; however, non-academic references will be considered.
    • A two- to three-page statement of academic intent (note that this is longer than the general requirements). The statement may describe previous research experience (e.g., thesis work, other research projects), industry or community experiences, general career aspirations, specific research interests and any experience relevant to these interests. If an applicant has already contacted a potential thesis supervisor (which is highly advised), that should be made known within the statement.
    • A substantive writing sample. A sample of the applicant's thesis is preferred; an assignment or published work (with the applicant as first author) will suffice if a thesis has not been completed.
    Applicants must also submit the required documents outlined in the checklist of required documents.
    Cost Notes : Cost is per year, based on 3 terms.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 01, 2019