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Admission Requirements for Psychology Graduate Programs

Admission Requirements for Psychology Graduate Programs

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies General Admission Requirements regarding Proficiency in the English Language, applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English school system for more than three years will be required to present proof of English facility by achieving an appropriate standing in one of the following tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum internet-based score of 100, or a minimum computer-based score of 250, or a minimum paper-based score of 600 with a score of at least 5.0 on the Test of Written Language (TWE); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 90; or a Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with a minimum score of 80.

Master's Degrees
Candidates are accepted under the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations governing the Master's degrees provided they also satisfy the requirements of the Department of Psychology listed below.

As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies application deadline, the application deadline for the MA, Clinical Psychology program is December 15. Late applications may be considered for admission, depending on program availability and may not be eligible for funding. Only completed applications will be considered.

MA applicants must hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from an approved college or university in Psychology with at least a 70% average (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

MSc applicants must hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from an approved college or university in Psychology, or related interdisciplinary program, with at least a 70% average (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent. 

An undergraduate thesis (or equivalent research experience) is required for admission into the MA and MSc programs.

Students who have not completed a degree course in advanced statistics and experimental design will be required to take Psychology 4111 (Statistics for Psychology 3) in addition to the regular requirements for the MA Clinical, and MSc Psychological Science programs. 

Students admitted to the MA Clinical Psychology program must also have an undergraduate course in Psychometrics. Otherwise, they will be required to take Psychology 3015 in addition to the regular requirements for the master's degree.

Offers of admission may include any course prerequisites and/or co-requisites. Within the period outlined in the offer of admission, these courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of 70%.

Students admitted to the MA Clinical Psychology program have typically taken a senior undergraduate course in the historical and scientific foundations of general psychology. Students who do not have such a course are advised to take either Psychology 4611 or a Special Topics or reading course in the history of psychology at the graduate level (e.g., Psychology 5731 Special Topics in Psychology). Such a competence must be demonstrated by the end of the Clinical Psychology PhD program.

Offers for admission and support will be made up to April 1. Applicants who have applied to several university departments may accept these offers up to April 15. After this date, however, offers will be made only to those applicants who clearly state that they are not committed to any other university department.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical tests are required before an application can be considered for MA or MSc program. Subject GRE scores (Psychology) are also required in order to be considered for the MA program.

Besides official transcripts, a current CV and letters of recommendation, applications must also include a detailed statement of research interests and objectives plus the name(s) of Psychology faculty for potential masters thesis supervision.

PhD Degrees
The admission requirement into the PhD Psychology program in the Clinical Psychology field is an MA or MSc degree in Clinical Psychology.

The admission requirement into the PhD Psychology program in the Psychological Science field is a Psychological Science, Experimental Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, or an equivalent MA or MSc degree that is relevant and suitable to a psychological science research area (i.e., biological, cognitive, individual and social bases of behaviour). 

Besides official transcripts, a current CV and letters of recommendation, applications must include Graduate Record Exam scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical tests, as assessed within the past five years; and a detailed statement of interests and objectives. Subject GRE scores (Psychology) are also required in order to be considered for the PhD Clinical Program.

As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies application deadline, application deadline for the PhD Clinical Psychology program is December 15. Late applications may be considered for admission, depending on program availability and may not be eligible for funding. Only completed applications will be considered.

Note 1:
Students entering the PhD in the Clinical Psychology field with an MA or MSc degree in Clinical Psychology from a university other than Lakehead University must meet all Lakehead MA in Clinical Psychology requirements, including a master's level thesis, and have completed an undergraduate or masters level course in Psychometric Theory on entry or make up the missing non-thesis courses in addition to their PhD course requirements. Students missing the Psychometric Theory requirement must complete as a non-credit course, Psychology 3015 before enrolling in Psychology 6251 (Advanced Assessment Techniques). For example, if Psychology 5201 (or its equivalent) has not been completed during the student's Master's program, it must be completed during the PhD year 1 or 2. The Graduate Studies Committee in Psychology, in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training, will review the equivalency of the applicant's academic background relative to the requirements for an MA degree in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University (see below for details). Where deficiencies are noted, the candidate will be directed, upon admission, to take the identified course(s) in addition to the course requirements of the PhD program. Applicants to the PhD program who have a master's degree in Clinical Psychology without a master's level thesis will not have their application considered. Applicants require a course in the historical and scientific foundations of general psychology. This requirement may be satisfied by an advanced level undergraduate course (e.g., Psychology 4611 History of Psychology). Students lacking a senior undergraduate course in the history of psychology prior to entering the PhD program can satisfy this requirement by taking a graduate level Special Topics or reading course in the history or psychology (e.g., Psychology 5731 Special Topics in Psychology).

Note 2:
Students entering the PhD in the Psychological Science field with an MA or MSc degree from a university other than Lakehead University must meet all Lakehead University MSc requirements, including a master's level thesis, on entry. The Graduate Studies Committee in Psychology, in consultation with the Director of Psychological Science, will review the equivalency of the applicant's academic background relative to the requirements for an MSc degree in Psychological Science at Lakehead University (see below for details). Where deficiencies in research areas are noted, the candidate will be directed, if admitted, to take the identified course(s) in addition to the standard requirements of the PhD program. Any student who has not taken a graduate-level statistics course that is deemed to be the equivalent of Psychology 5151 (Multivariate Statistics for Behavioural Research) will be required to take Psychology 5151. Any student who has not taken a graduate-level research methods course that is deemed to be the equivalent of Psychology 5711 (Research Methods and Program Evaluation) will be required to take Psychology 5711. Applicants to the PhD program who have a master's degree in Psychology (or equivalent) without a master's level thesis will not have their application considered.