University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Clinical Psychology

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Programs
Field of Study:Clinical Psychology
Length:5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,685


The School of Psychology offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Specializations are offered in Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychology in the following five fields approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies: Clinical Psychology; Social Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Cognition; Behavioural Neurosciences.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    The normal minimum requirement for admission into either of the two programs (MA - PhD in Clinical Psychology or MA - PhD in Experimental Psychology) is the Honours Baccalaureate in Psychology, or its equivalent, including an Honour's thesis or an equivalent individual research project. In addition, course requirements are a course in History and Systems of Psychology (or its equivalent), and two courses in statistical analysis (or their equivalents). If these course requirements are not met at the time of admission, the candidates will be required to complete them within the first two years of graduate studies.

    Each file is assessed to determine whether equivalences will be granted on the basis of courses completed at the master’s level. Candidates for the clinical program with fewer than 21 credits of equivalencies will be admitted to the MA level while those with 21 or more credits of equivalencies will be admitted directly to the PhD. Admission to the Experimental Psychology program is possible exceptionally on the basis of a four-year Honour's degree in another discipline relevant to Psychology, with a letter of support from the prospective supervisor. The degree must include a thesis or an equivalent individual research project and the equivalent of at least 36 credits (12 one-session courses) in Psychology, including statistics and some research experience. Note: Students with a strong background in mathematics, physical sciences, biological science or computer science are especially encouraged to apply. Only students who intend to complete the doctorate are admitted. Those holding an honours baccalaureate in psychology are admitted to the MA program and are permitted to transfer to the PhD after one year provided their performance in courses and research is satisfactory. Those already holding a master’s in psychology are admitted directly to the PhD program.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 79-80]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * 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 13, 2022