Application Information

Please note that our program focuses on research and experimental psychology.

Students interested in clinical psychology at the University of Toronto should contact the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. 

Students interested in counselling psychology and school and child clinical psychology should contact the Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Applications to the graduate program of the Department of Psychology must be submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies through the Online Admissions Application, which will open on Monday, September 23. Applications are due December 2019 for entry September 2020. We have only one application cycle per year and do not admit students in January.

The minimum requirements for admission to the graduate program are:

  1. An appropriate four-year bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, with high academic standing from a recognized university.
  2. Normally at least an A- (or first class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study.
  3. Competitive scores on each subtest of the general section of the Graduate Record Examination. The Psychology special test is not required.
  4. The equivalent of at least 6 full courses (e.g., 12 semester courses) in psychology, including statistics and some laboratory experience
    • Note: Students with a strong background in mathematics, physical or biological science, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics or computer science are encouraged to apply even if they have completed fewer than the suggested number of psychology courses.
  5. If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction is not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by completing one of the tests listed below. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.

Because the number of applicants always exceeds the number of available places, meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission. 

All programs of study are intended to lead to the doctoral degree in psychology and applicants interested only in a Masters degree should not apply. Successful applicants are admitted to a one-year M.A. program; assuming satisfactory performance, students then continue on to the Ph.D. program. Applicants with a Master’s degree from another institution may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program; applicants to the Ph.D. program must satisfy the same minimum admission requirements listed above.

Applicants should not apply to both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. We are able to offer applicants admission to either of these programs with one application.

Applicants will receive official notification of the outcome of their application from the School of Graduate Studies, by mail, by the end of March or early April. Successful applicants must inform the program in writing by April 15 whether they wish to accept the offer of admission and financial support. Those accepting are expected to arrive on campus no later than the first week in September.

  1. Log in to the School of Graduate Studies’ Online Admissions Application system. New applicants will need to register; returning applicants must log-in with their 12-digit applicant number and password.
  2. Provide the personal information, program of study and academic history information as requested.
  3. Be prepared to submit contact information for two references. Be sure to inform your references of the document deadline (December 5) and that the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, will be contacting them by email to request their reference letter.
  4. Submit your payment online. Payment is processed centrally at the School of Graduate Studies. We cannot waive application fees.
  5. Upload supporting documents:
    • Scanned copies of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. We do not accept WES packages. Applicants from Canadian universities may submit screen shots of their academic record together with the legend from the student web services of their institution. Please note that although the Admissions Committee will make its decision based on your uploaded scanned transcripts, official hard copies of all transcripts may be required at a later date in the admissions process. Offers of admission will not be released until official transcripts have been received and the information on the scanned transcripts verified.
    • Current copy of your resume or CV.
    • Academic Interest Form which will appear after you have submitted payment. Alternatively, you can download the form and upload in the correct section. 
    • Statement of Interest describing your research interests, your interest in graduate school, and why you are specifically applying to our program. You may highlight any information you think is relevant to your application (research/training experience, work experience, long-term goals, etc.). Typical statements are between one and two pages of single-spaced text. 
  6. Write the GRE General Test and send scores to the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (institution code: 0982, department code: 2016). Scores should be submitted so that they are received by the document deadline of December 5.
  7. If applicable, demonstrate your facility in English by completing one of the approved tests (listed above) and submit scores.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all documents are submitted by the deadlines outlined below. It is recommended that documentation be submitted well in advance of the deadlines.

Application deadline: December 1, 2019

Please complete the personal and academic information of the online application and submit the application fee by this date.

Document deadline: December 5, 2019

Please supply all supporting documents by this date. This includes your official GRE scores (and English language scores, if applicable) and your two reference letters. As documents are received, they will be marked as such on the application system. After all documents are received, your application will be reviewed for admissibility. It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents in the online application and to follow up with your references if reference letters are not received in advance of the deadline.

The program strives to maintain financial support to all graduate students for the M.A. year and for each of the first four years of the Ph.D. program. This support is in the form of scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships. As of the 2019-2020 academic year, the minimum level of support is $20,000 plus fees and tuition. This amount, however, is conditional on continuing availability of funds, as well as satisfactory academic and research performance.

To qualify for funding, students are encouraged to apply to any awards or scholarships for which they are eligible. For further information on scholarship and award opportunities and information about how funding works in research stream programs, please see the School of Graduate Studies' page on Awards & Funding.

Do I require transcripts from all of the post-secondary institutions I have attended? 

Yes, transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution you have attended. Applicants with documentation in a language other than English must provide accompanying notarized English translations. We accept electronic official transcripts for your online application, however, if you are made an offer of admission, you will be required to supply official hard copies of all transcripts.

Can I provide more than two (2) reference letters? 

No, the online application system permits the submission of only two (2) reference letters. Academic references, who can speak to your research and academic abilities, are preferred.

I have made a mistake entering my reference’s contact information. What should I do?

Please contact grad@psych.utoronto.ca to request that a change be made. Please note that we cannot make changes to your application until payment has been submitted.

Are there reference letter forms?

No, our program does not have specific forms for references to complete. After you have confirmed your application information by moving to payment, the system will email your references and ask them to provide references. They will be asked to submit an electronic copy of the reference (in Word or PDF) after logging in to the online application through a unique link provided by the School of Graduate Studies.

How do I submit the Academic Interest Form? 

Please submit the Academic Interest Form online in PDF format. The document can be saved by following the “Submit” link on the document status page in the online application.

Do I need to have a supervisor confirmed before I apply?

No, applicants do not need to have a confirmed supervisor before they apply to the program; however, ultimately, applicants are not admitted to the program unless a faculty member agrees to supervise them and take them on as a graduate student. If you are interested in working with specific professors, please add their names to the appropriate section of the Academic Interest Form. You may also choose to go into further detail about your possible future research with specific professors in your Statement of Interest.

Do you have a list of professors who will be accepting graduate students for the 2020-21 year?

No, we do not keep a current list of professors who will be accepting graduate students for the 2020-21 year. We recommend that you look on their personal or lab websites to check if they have posted this information or contact them directly to inquire.

Are minimum GRE scores required?

We generally look for scores above the 60th percentile on each section of the General GRE. We do not require the Psychology subject test, and will not consider Psychology subject test scores that are submitted. 

I sent my official GRE scores to UofT through ETS, but they still appear as 'Pending' on my application - what should I do?

We receive official GRE scores from the School of Graduate Studies beginning in December. We are required to manually consult this list, find each applicant's score, and then mark it as 'Received' in the system. This is a time-consuming task, and we appreciate your patience. If you sent your official scores and they are not marked as 'Received' by December 20, please contact grad@psych.utoronto.ca.

If I have a question about my application, who should I contact?

If you have a question about your application, please contact our Graduate Administrator at grad@psych.utoronto.ca. In all correspondence related to your application, please provide your 12-digit applicant number. Please note that we cannot make changes to your application until payment has been submitted.