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Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Four-year undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology
  • Minimum GPA of 3.6/4.0 over the last 20 half courses completed
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores - students with scores less than the 50th percentile on the GRE subtests will normally not be admitted
  • Applicants whose background language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score greater than 600 (written test), or 105 (internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.5 or a MELAB score of 86 or a PTE score of 75
  • We encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and our current cohort of clinical psychology graduate students reflect group membership from different genders, ethnic backgrounds, national origin and sexual orientation

Application Procedure

Application is made to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students are admitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and conduct their studies in the Department of Psychology.  For a detailed set of instructions click here.

Deadlines:

For a September Admission - December 1st at 4:30 pm (MST) for Canadian and International applicants

STEP 1: Complete Relevant Educational Tests

  1. GRE General test (required). Have the official scores sent directly to the Department from ETS (Institution Code 0813).
  2. International applicants must complete either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score greater than 600 (written test), or 100 (internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.5, or a MELAB score of 84, or a PTE score of 70.

STEP 2: Decide on up to three potential supervisors

The following faculty members from the Clinical Psychology program will likely be accepting students for admission in Fall 2017:

Tavis Campbell

Susan Graham

Lianne Tomfohr

Candace Konnert

Sheri Madigan

Melanie Noel

Kristin von Ranson

 

STEP 3: Write a Statement of Interest

A Statement of Interest is a detailed statement of goals and objectives in pursuing an advanced degree and a discussion of specific interests within a research group. This must be included in your online application and not as a separate document.

STEP 4: Write a Research Proposal

This is a one page summary (plus references) of a project you would like to conduct and how you would plan on carrying out this research. This is a separate document that you will upload after applying.

STEP 5: Contact Two Potential Academic Referees

Upon completion of your online application your referees will be sent an email notifying them that you have selected them as a referee with instructions on how to upload their reference letter. This email is typically an overnight process, so can take over 24 hours to be sent after your application is submitted. Please ensure that your referees are academics (professors, lecturers). It is advisable that you contact your referees prior to applying so they have some advance notice and can start preparing a letter before you apply. Referees will need to complete the reference form in addition to their reference letter.

Reference letters are to be submitted online only.

STEP 6: Complete the Online Application Form

Form link.

Please apply for the M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in Psychology-Clinical (not Applied Psychology). Only apply for the PhD program if you have already completed or are nearing completion of a Masters degree.

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $125 application fee payment with each application ($145 for International applicants). This non-refundable application fee payment is required whether or not you are admitted to the University of Calgary. Applications will not be processed if the application fee payment has not been paid. You can pay online via credit card, or submit a cheque, money order, or wire transfer.

STEP 7: Fill out the On-line Graduate Scholarship Application

Form link.

The Graduate Scholarship Application encompasses four different award categories. PhD applicants (applicants who have or are about to complete a Masters) may apply for all four categories. MSc applicants may only choose the Special Awards and Bursaries. Please complete the application and email it to psycgrad@ucalgary.ca by January 9th. The application form is at the bottom of the page of the above link.

STEP 8: Apply for external scholarships

STEP 9: Upload your supporting documents after applying to the program. Review the list below to make sure you have included all components of your application.

  1. Research Proposal
  2. Resume (CV)
  3. Unofficial transcripts

STEP 10: Send Official Transcripts

You must mail two sets of official transcripts from all universities you have attended to:

Department of Psychology
University of Calgary
c/o Brittney Gramlich
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB Canada T2N 1N4

Please Note:

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will send you an email when your on-line application has been received.

The December 5th deadline is for submission of applications and all supporting documents.

You are responsible for making sure all documents are received by the December 5th deadline.

There will be an open-house for invited applicants on February 10-11, 2017. Students invited to the open house will be notified at the beginning of January.

The Department of Psychology Admissions Committee will contact you between mid-April and early May to let you know the status of your application.

For Assistance, Please Contact:

Graduate Programs Administrator
Brittney Gramlich
Email: psycgrad@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403-220-5659

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is a degree from Athabasca University, Mount Royal College or Red Deer College acceptable for entrance into your graduate programs?
  2. Can I apply to the PhD program directly from my undergraduate degree?
  3. What can I do if I don't meet the minimal GPA requirements or if I have a bachelor's degree in another field other than psychology?
  4. I’m an international student, how do I know if my GPA is equivalent to the entrance requirements?
  5. Do I have to write the GRE and/or TOEFL Test?
  6. What is the GRE Institution Code?
  7. How do I select Clinical Graduate Program in the online application?
  8. What is the difference between clinical and counseling psychology?
  9. Do you have a part time program or a distance learning program?
  10. How long is your program?
  11. What is your mailing address?
  12. Who can I contact if I still have questions?
  13. What is it like living in Calgary?

Is a degree from Athabasca University, Mount Royal College or Red Deer College acceptable for entrance into your graduate programs?
Yes, as long as you complete a four-year honours bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Psychology.

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Can I apply to the PhD program directly from my undergraduate degree?
No. Only students who have completed, or are about to complete, a masters degree will be accepted into the PhD program.

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What can I do if I don't meet the minimal GPA requirements or if I have a bachelor's degree in another field other than psychology?
If you do not meet the GPA requirements, you may take additional courses in psychology to improve your GPA.
If you have a degree in another field other than psychology, the Honours After-Degree Program in Psychology (or equivalent) is required. The Honour's After-Degree Program in Psychology is required for the Clinical Psychology Program.

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I’m an international student, how do I know if my GPA is equivalent to the entrance requirements?
Please contact the Graduate Programs Administrator at psycgrad@ucalgary.ca

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Do I have to write the GRE and/or TOEFL Test? 
All applicants must write the GRE. If you have a bachelor's degree in Psychology, only the general test is required. If you do not have a bachelor's degree in Psychology, both the general and subject test are required.
Applicants whose background language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score greater than 600 (written test), or 100 (internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.5, or a MELAB score of 84, or a PTE score of 70.

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Do you have a part time program or a distance learning program?
No. The Department of Psychology only offers full-time on campus programs.

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What is the GRE Institution Code?
The Institution Code is 0813.

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How do I select Clinical Graduate Program in the online application?
In order to find the Clinical Masters graduate program on the application you must select the MSc - thesis based as your degree and then choose Psychology - Clinical from the drop-down menu.

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What is the difference between clinical and counseling psychology?
Both clinical and counseling psychology focus on helping people in distress, and some of the interventions used by clinical and counseling psychologists are similar. A major difference, however, is that whereas clinical psychologists deal with individuals suffering from mental and physical disorders, where the focus is on assessing, diagnosing and alleviating the disorder and restoring normal functioning, counseling psychologists tend to work with less severe problems, including adjustment difficulties, marital disorders, and so on. Further, counseling psychologists are more likely than clinical psychologists to be involved in helping people, without any particular problem, achieve goals they have set (e.g. career counseling, human development). Whereas clinical psychology programs are typically found in departments of psychology, counseling psychology programs are typically offered through departments of educational psychology, and some have an educational focus.

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How long is your program?
The Master's typically takes two years, and the PhD typically takes three, plus a one year predoctoral internship or residency.

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What is your mailing address?
Department of Psychology
University of Calgary
c/o Brittney Gramlich
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
CANADA

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Who can I contact if I still have questions?
Please contact the Graduate Program Advisor, Brittney Gramlich
Phone: (403) 220-5659
Email: psycgrad@ucalgary.ca
In person: Administration Building, Room 255

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What is it like living in Calgary? 
Please see a guide put together by current and past graduate students on living in Calgary, culture in Calgary, etc.
A Guide to Calgary by Psychology Grad Students

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Financial Support

Funding for Graduate Students in the Clinical Psychology Program

We provide excellent student funding.  Clinical Psychology graduate students are funded to a minimum level of $20,500 annually.  We guarantee funding at this level for two years of the MSc program and three years of the PhD program.

This funding may be provided through Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship (GSS) funds, graduate teaching assistantships, internal scholarships, and external scholarships.

The funding amounts of our current students range from a minimum of $20,500 to $45,000 with an average funding level of approximately $30,000 per year (the specific amount of funding a student receives depends whether or not they have secured either external or internal scholarships).

You can find information on fees from the Graduate Studies Calendar.

Student Admissions and Outcomes

Number of Students Who Applied, Were Offered Admission, Who Accepted Offer of Admission, and Who Withdrew from Program in the Past Five Years

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Applied to Program

50

82

100

100

103

Offered Admission

6

6

9

8

8

Accepted Offer of Admission

6

6

6

6

6

Withdrew from Program

0

0

0

0

0

 
Number of Students Currently Enrolled

 

Full-time

Male        Female    

Part-time

Male           Female

Total

Male             Female

First year M.Sc. I

1

4

0

0

1

4

Second year M.Sc. II

1

4

0

0

1

4

Third year Ph.D. I

0

6

0

0

0

6

Fourth year Ph.D. II

2

5

0

0

2

5

Fifth year Ph.D. III

0

5

0

0

0

5

Sixth year and beyond

3

7

0

0

3

7

TOTAL

7

31

0

0

7

31

Age Range of Students

-

-

-

-

-

46-22


Number of Students Applied and Received Internships During Past Five Years

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Applied

7

5

5

6

4

Received Funded

7

5

3

6

4

Received Unfunded

0

0

0

0

0

Received Accredited              

7

5

3

6

4

Received Unaccredited   

0

0

1

0

0

Program Graduates over Past Five Years 

 

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

Graduated in Year

4

7

7

4

4

Average Time to Completion - MSc Entry (in years)

-

7

-

6.7

6.3

Average Time to Completion - PhD Entry (in years)

-

4

4.8

9

-

Total Number of Graduates in Preceding 7 Years

-

34

34

38

37

Licensed in Preceding 7 Years

-

32

33

36

36

Licensed as % of Graduates

-

94%

97%

95%

97%

Student Activities during Past Five Years

 

2009-2010

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

Members/affiliates in Professional or Research Societies

29

35

30

30

28

Authors or Co-Authors of Articles in Referred Journals

19

18

20

13

16

Authors or Co-authors of Papers presented at Scientific or Professional meetings

25

30

29

24

26

Teaching Assistantship

14

7

9

14

15

Research Assistantship

2

0

0

0

0

Internal Scholarship or Fellowship

22

17

9

14

16

External Scholarship or Fellowship

22

24

27

17

25

Working more than 10 hrs a week

2

0

0

0

0

Total number of Students

Male

Female

5

31

8

29

9

27 

7

30

7

31

Student Perspective

Please see a guide put together by current and past graduate students on living in Calgary, culture in Calgary, etc.

A Guide to Calgary by Psychology Grad Students

Accreditation Information

Our program was awarded accreditation for six years by the Canadian Psychological Association in 2011.

The CPA Accreditation Office is located at:

141 Laurier Ave West, Suite 702
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3