Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

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Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:Psychology, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
National: $9,000

This cost estimate represents the tuition for the first year.



Psychology at Waterloo is a world class department in one of Canada’s best universities. Founded in the early 1960s, the Department has grown to become one of the most esteemed Departments of Psychology in Canada. The University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) is consistently ranked as the most innovative and as among the top three comprehensive universities in Canada. Situated in Southern Ontario, about 100 km (60 miles) west of Toronto, UWaterloo is in the thriving high-tech community of Kitchener/Waterloo, two cities with a combined population of around 300,000.

The Department of Psychology includes 42 faculty members, approximately equally divided over six major research areas: Clinical, Cognitive, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, Industrial/Organizational, and Social. We have over 800 undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and over 400 pursuing a Psychology Minor. Our faculty and our graduate program are internationally renowned.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • Normally an Honours Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Psychology with at least a 80% overall standing.
  • Completion of the Department of Psychology Application.
  • Submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic scores).
  • Candidates with an Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent preparation may be admitted to a Master's program or directly to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.
  • Qualified candidates are admitted to either a MA or a PhD program (in which a Master’s degree may be obtained along the way). The program to which candidates are admitted to varies by program Area (e.g., Clinical and Social applicants are typically accepted into an MA program, while Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, and Industrial Organizational students are typically accepted to a PhD program). Candidates accepted to the MA program are expected to continue to a PhD program.
  • Test Scores:
    • Graduate Record Examination
    Application Notes :
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Personal statement
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • From all other post-secondary institutions.
  • 3 References: academic
  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)
  • * 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 October 01, 2022