Program Requirements

Our graduate program is composed of faculty and students of three undergraduate Psychology departments (St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough) and several affiliated institutions and hospitals. The focus of the program is scientific and experimental.  

In keeping with the academic tradition of the University of Toronto (which consistently ranks in the top 20 in a global ranking of the top 100 research universities - the only Canadian university in the top 30), the goal of the program is primarily to educate scientific researchers. To accomplish this, the course load is kept light and the emphasis of the graduate program is on research.

The M.A. Program (1 year)

M.A. students are required to satisfy the following program requirements:

  1. PSY1000: Directed Studies, a course of directed readings leading to an M.A. thesis proposal 
  2. PSY2001: Design of Experiments I, a basic statistics course
  3. Two content courses in Psychology (chosen in consultation with your supervisor)

Students must also complete the M.A. research project and successfully defend and submit their M.A. thesis.

The Ph.D. Program (4 years)

Assuming adequate performance, students normally proceed to the Ph.D. program after their M.A. year. 

Ph.D. students are required to satisfy the following program requirements:

  1. PSY2002: Statistics II, an advanced statistics course 
  2. PSY3000: Outside Project (This is a one-term research project course spread out over the full year. The outside project supervisor must be a faculty member other than the student’s Ph.D. supervisor.”
  3. PSY3001: Professional Psychology 
  4. Ph.D. proposal (Ph.D.2) and Ph.D. reading list defence (Ph.D.4) (These requirements relate directly to the Ph.D. thesis)
  5. Two content courses in Psychology, normally completed in the first two years

Students admitted with a Master’s from another institution may be exempt from the Outside Project course in Ph.D.1. however, this credit must be replaced by a content course.

In addition to these course requirements, students will complete and defend a Ph.D. thesis, ideally by the end of Ph.D.4. Students are also encouraged to attend departmental talks and colloquia, as well as other laboratories meetings, reading groups, etc.